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Evolution Science Back On US Grant List

Darwin would be turning in his grave.
by Staff Writers
UPI Correspondent
Washington DC (UPI) Sep 01, 2006
The U.S. Department of Education has reinstated evolutionary biology to a federal grant list for undergraduate studies. David Dunn -- acting under secretary and chief of staff to U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings -- said the omission, which had sparked heated protests from academics and evolution supporters, was accidental, New Scientist reported Thursday.

"As soon as the omission came to our attention, we took steps to correct it," he said.

The move was welcomed by Becky Timmons of the American Council on Education.

"If (the omission) was deliberate, it is certainly the case that when it came to light, wiser heads prevailed," she said.

Many in the academic community expressed fears that the omission might have been part of an attack on Darwinian evolution by religious groups.

"There are well-funded efforts in this country that have been inappropriately attempting to attack the teaching of evolutionary biology on what appear to be religious grounds," physicist Lawrence Krauss of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland wrote to the Department of Education.

Source: United Press International

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An Indian woman has ignited a furious row over the centuries-old tradition of using vultures to dispose of the dead by sending gruesome pictures of rotting corpses to hundreds of homes. About three bodies a day from the dwindling Parsi community in India are left to be stripped clean at a private 45-acre (18-hectare) complex in Mumbai but the practice is threatened by a dramatic decline in vulture numbers.

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