Science Friday, Scopes Trial 75th Anniversary, part 1

To hear in Real Audio go to “” HEADLINE: SCOPES TRIAL AND THE THEORY OF EVOLUTION VS. CREATION IRA FLATOW, host: This is TALK OF THE NATION/SCIENCE FRIDAY. I’m Ira Flatow. Today is the 75th anniversary of the day a Tennessee jury, after deliberating for nine minutes, handed John Scopes a guilty verdict. The crime: violating Tennessee’s law that banned Read More ›

Plans for Cascadia go full steam ahead

South of the border, the new Connecting the Gateways plan was released by Seattle's Discovery Institute think-tank earlier this year, outlining a wish list of Cascadia transportation improvements. Meanwhile, similar planning efforts continue to pick up steam at UBC's Cascadia Institute and the Whatcom County regional government in Bellingham. Among the numerous Cascadia initiatives: "Seamless" border crossing measures including the expansion of PACE lanes, development of an electronic-transponder system allowing commercial vehicles to cross without stopping, and various reductions in border paperwork; A second daily Amtrak passenger train between Seattle and Vancouver. The Washington state government has already committed to help fund the subsidized service; negotiations continue with the B.C. government to pick up a share. Eventually, about a half-dozen trains a day between Portland and Vancouver are envisioned, reaching speeds of up to 200 km/h; Cooperative promotion of a "Two-Nation Vacation," where international travellers are encouraged to hop between the top attractions throughout Cascadia. "We dream the big dream, the trick is how to finance it all," said Bruce Agnew, director of the Cascadia Project at Seattle's Discovery Institute. And the proposed "trick" is perhaps the most ostentatious of all the plans: the creation of a rare binational organization, the Cascadia Corridor Development Corporation. Read More ›

Freight mobility gets attention

The Cascadia Project had been working to support improvement of highways and railroads that link Portland, Tacoma, Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., so that cargo could move to and from those port cities more efficiently. The project had focused on the Interstate 5 corridor as a "Main Street" for the fast-growing coastal region. Then, Lynn Snodgrass, speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives, suggested an inland corridor also be considered for moving freight north and south, (Cascadia Center Director Bruce) Agnew says. "This project was born in Oregon," he says of the inland corridor idea. Other states and provinces quickly adopted Snodgrass' idea, and the recently formed Washington-British Columbia task force took on the inland corridor as its first initiative, says task force co-chairman Mike Harcourt, former premier of British Columbia. Read More ›

Second train to B.C. on track by autumn

A second daily Amtrak run from Seattle to Vancouver, B.C., through Snohomish County appears likely, possibly as early as this summer. Money to operate the second train to Canada is included in the massive transportation package approved by the Legislature last week, and now only needs the signature of Gov. Gary Locke. He is expected to sign today.....Bruce Agnew, director of the Cascadia Project and former Snohomish City Council member, also worked to start a second Amtrak train. "For Everett, Edmonds and Snohomish County it will be a real benefit," he said Wednesday. Someday there may even be a third Amtrak train to Vancouver, he said. More Amtrak trains, and the arrival of Sound Transit commuter runs between Everett and Seattle by the summer of 2001, is creating a "rail culture," he said. "We're building people's experience of riding the train, both commuter and intercity," he said. "It may help relieve congestion on I-5." Agnew's Cascadia Project encourages the connection of high-speed passenger trains between Vancouver, B.C., and Eugene, Ore., to airports, ferries and local buses. Read More ›

Tunnels suggested as I-5 fix

If you can't widen Interstate 5 through Seattle, or add another highway above it, why not dig down and put in an underground level or two? That's one of Discovery Institute President Bruce Chapman's 15 ideas for improving the flow of people and goods between British Columbia and Oregon. Chapman was looking long range - well into the next century -- during a talk yesterday at a luncheon for national and Pacific Northwest transportation officials as well as members of Congress at the Edgewater Hotel.....Among the suggestions: Extending Sound Transit's commuter rail lines to Olympia and Bellingham; Developing a "Cascadia inland (transportation) corridor" from central British Columbia through Eastern Washington and Eastern Oregon to California, taking the pressure off of I-5; Building a new I-5 bridge across the Columbia River; Replacing Seattle's "seismically challenged" Alaskan Way Viaduct with a tunnel. Chapman said later that the overpass is likely to come down in a strong earthquake. Budgets weren't discussed, but Chapman and his institute suggest tolls and a regional development bank to cover some of the costs. Read More ›

Inventing the Internet again

In the early 1960s, working on America’s second-strike capability, Paul Baran conceived the Internet. Now he wants to save the Net itself. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HIS LIFE as an engineer, Paul Baran was “scared stiff.” That can happen to people who stumble too close to the abyss of 20th-century history and look over the edge. Born in 1926 Read More ›

Evolution and intelligent design

“Man is the result of a purposeless and natural process that did not have him in mind.” George Gaylord Simpson (1) Where did you come from? Are you the result of a mindless, undirected process, or are you the handiwork of a purposeful Creator? According to several Gallup polls, only about ten percent of the American people believe in Darwin’s Read More ›

“Christian Reunion” Now Available In The Bodleian

On 3 April 1995, five months after release of Light in the Shadowlands, Walter Hooper deposited a “Christian Reunion” document in the Bodleian Library. That happened 31 years after Hooper claims that someone unnamed “discovered” the document — in which Lewis endorses Roman Catholicism. Hooper joined the Roman Catholic Church 20 years after that purported discovery; two years later, in Read More ›

Two Talkers: C. S. Lewis’s Final Version Of “Prayer”

In 1964, the year after C. S. Lewis’s death, two versions of one of his poems were both published for the first time. The version in Letters to Malcolm, completed before Lewis’s death, is obviously what he intended. That makes the version in Poems, edited by Walter Hooper, a puzzle wrapped in an enigma. Hooper claims in C. S. Lewis: Read More ›