Court Case May Determine How Evolution Is Taught In US

September 27th, 2005 | researchmaterial

A landmark legal trial begins on Monday that could determine how the theory of evolution – one of the basic tenets of modern science – is taught in US schools.

In the town of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 11 parents of children who already attend the nearby Dover High school or who will in future, together with the American Civil Liberties Union, are suing the Dover Area School District for voting in new rules that will encourage children to consider alternatives to evolution such as “intelligent design” (ID).

The court’s verdict will only bind schools within the Dover district, but could influence how schools teach evolution across the country, says Witold Walczak, a lawyer for the ACLU…

“If we lose this case, I suspect it will send a green light to many school districts across the country that it is okay to teach ID…”


US Army Bulk-Buys Anthrax

September 27th, 2005 | researchmaterial

The US military wants to buy large quantities of anthrax, in a controversial move that is likely to raise questions over its commitment to treaties designed to limit the spread of biological weapons.

A series of contracts have been uncovered that relate to the US army’s Dugway Proving Ground in Utah. They ask companies to tender for the production of bulk quantities of a non-virulent strain of anthrax, and for equipment to produce significant volumes of other biological agents.

The US renounced biological weapons in 1969, but small quantities of lethal anthrax were still being produced at Dugway as recently as 1998…