The Sciences

Blog Shout-out: Planet of the Apes

Cosmic VarianceBy Mark TroddenJul 22, 2011 12:19 PM


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Last year, friend and fine Philly science writer Faye Flam wrote a guest post for us here at Cosmic Variance, in which she chronicled her experiences writing about climate science as part of her brief at the Philadelphia Inquirer. You may recall that her articles on this hot-button topic led to quite over-the-top responses, including a death threat. And our comment section after her post was certainly lively, although relatively well-behaved.

Well, now Faye is tackling a new controversial (although it shouldn't be) topic. While continuing with her regular writing, she has, over the last few months, begun writing a blog for the Inquirer on the topic of evolution. Titled Planet of the Apes, the blog features Faye's writing paired up with illustrations from the paper's staff editorial cartoonist, Tony Auth. It's a fun read, and covers current news in evolution as well as taking on some of the questions that come up when discussing the topic with those who, for whatever reason, are resistant to this established branch of scientific knowledge. Take a look at the back catalog to see some of these. I wish Faye the best of luck with this new endeavor, and hope that we'll see another guest post here from her soon.

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