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A Tale of Two Cynics: Nixon and Obama

By Senior Fellow Frank Gregorsky President Richard Nixon’s historic gamble with Mainland China turned out well. When he was elected in 1968, it was an out-of-control society and regime, subverting its neighbors and condemning the United States. Today we have a similar regional foe — Iran. Will President Obama be in Tehran a year from now, celebrating the start of a similar moderation by the world’s chief sponsor of terrorism? Or will he have rewritten yet another campaign pledge ushering in an Islamist nuclear power with apocalyptic ambitions? Continue reading at The Stream.


What’s your function function?

The myth of junk DNA continues to unravel. Almost daily (sometimes twice daily) new peer-reviewed articles are appearing in the scientific literature pointing out the functions of previously believed to be “non-functioning” or junk DNA. CSC’s Research Coordinator Casey Luskin says: “When we look for function, we find it, and when we don’t look for function, someone else finds it.” Read his report at Evolution News & Views.


Obama’s 1930’s: We’re at 1937

By John Wohlstetter Soon enough the Iran nuclear talks will become a replay of Munich 1938. Many pundits have drawn parallels between the last decade and the 1930s. Though the precise sequence of events eight decades ago is not being repeated, the kinds of events that transpired in the years 1933 to 1937 have been repeated in broad brushstroke during the Obama years. Continue reading at The American Spectator . . .


Real Science vs. Bill Nye the “Science Guy”

Casey Luskin reviews Bill Nye’s latest book, Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation, and finds it underwhelming when compared to another bestseller, Darwin’s Doubt. According to Luskin: “If you think Nye’s ideology is bad, wait until you see the science he uses to justify these claims.” Read more at Evolution News & Views.


Another Successful Prediction of Intelligent Design

Intelligent design theory expects that we should find deeper and deeper layers of function in biology, which by the same token represents a big problem for Darwinian evolution. In the past we’ve noted papers finding function for synonymous codons (for example, see here and here) — but the functions reported in those papers generally pertained to controlling translation speed. Now a paper in the journal Cell has found a new potential function, namely that synonymous codons can control the rate at which mRNA transcripts degrade and are broken down within cells. Casey Luskin reports at Evolution News & Views.


George Gilder: Obama’s FCC Puts Internet, American Innovation at Risk

George Gilder explains his opposition to the FCC ruling on net neutrality, arguing that taxing and regulating the internet like it was 1934 will surely stifle investment and innovation, and will turn bandwidth abundance into scarcity. Writes Gilder: “The Internet is a multifarious engine of real innovations, launching new and transitory monopolies with every new phase of its tumultuous growth. An unnecessary effort to suppress every monopoly would bring all this innovation to a halt.” Continue reading . . .


Why Net Neutrality Regulation is a Bad Idea

Writing at The Stream, Hance Haney, Director and Senior Fellow of the Technology & Democracy Project, gives his analysis of this week’s FCC ruling on net neutrality. Read his explanation of why FCC net neutrality regulation is a bad idea.




Young Professionals: Apply for the 2015 Leadership Roundtable

We are fast approaching the February 27th application for our 2015 Leadership Roundtable, a program of Discovery Institute’s Center for Citizen Leadership. Through our Leadership Roundtable, young professionals have the opportunity to meet and engage with some of our state’s most distinguished leaders in business, education, media, religion, and public service. Past speakers include State Representative Matt Manweller, nationally syndicated radio host Michael Medved, Skip Li of Agros International, and former Microsoft COO Robert Herbold, among many others. If accepted into the program, there is no cost to participate. If you are under the age of 35 and aim to make a significant leadership contribution to your community, we encourage you to apply. The application deadline for the 2015 program Read More ›