Turkish schools to stop teaching evolution, official says

Turkish schools to stop teaching evolution, official says

Board of education chairman says subject is debatable, controversial and too complicated for students The secular opposition has long argued that the government of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is pursuing a covert Islamist agenda contrary to the republic’s founding values. Photograph: AP 8,796 aheen and Gözde Hatunoğlu in Istanbul Friday 23 June 2017 06.00 BSTLast modified on Friday 23 June 2017 07.04 BST Evolution will no longer be taught in Turkish schools, a senior education official has said, in a move likely to raise the ire of the country’s secular opposition. Alpaslan Durmuş, who…

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Urbanisation signal detected in evolution, study shows

Urbanisation signal detected in evolution, study shows

A “clear signal” of urbanisation has been identified in the evolution of organisms, which has implications for sustainability and human well-being. In analysis of more than 1,600 cases around the globe, researchers said the changes could affect ecosystem services important to humans. More than half of the world’s human populations now live in urban areas, and this proportion is set to grow. The findings appear in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “We found that there is a clear urban signal of big change, and also greater [physical…

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