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The initial reviews of Chris Mooney and Sheril Kirshenbaum’s new book Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens our Future produced a small blogospheric kerfuffle last month. But I think Unscientific America has much more constructive and useful things to offer than provoking more arguments, and there are a lot of reviews focusing on the positives.…

Artomatic 2009: Paul Taylor

Her Dark Satanic Mills Paul Taylor When I saw Paul Taylor’s massive paintings at Artomatic, I immediately thought of two things: fire and Blake’s etchings. So I was tickled that the title, “Her Dark Satanic Mills,” refers to a poem by Blake, and that Taylor’s creative process is all about fire: The medium is essentially…

NĂ¡poles #2 acrylic Fabian H Rios Rubino It’s the last two weeks for DC’s Artomatic, which runs through July 5. If you haven’t had a chance to go, in addition to losing your chance to Draw A Robot, you’re missing a lot of wonderful artwork. For the next week, I’m going to highlight some of…

Red Line crash, June 22, 2009, between Takoma Park and Fort Totten stations Photo from Fox5 News, via DCist As many of you already know, DC’s Red Line suffered a fatal crash this evening during rush hour. One train had stopped. A second train behind it failed to stop, overtook the first train, and ran…

Morgan Care Pharmacy on P St. in Georgetown has all the character so sorely lacking from new drugstore franchises. Drugstores used to be so different: as a child, I savored root beer floats at our local drugstore soda fountain counter. (I know, very Norman Rockwell of me.) Are there any pharmacy soda fountain/luncheonette counters left…

PeepEphemera 2009: NightPeeps!

NightPeeps Melissa Harvey (after Edward Hopper) It’s that time of year again! As I roasted blue Easter Peeps over the gas stove yesterday, I eagerly awaited this year’s collection of Peep dioramas from the Washington Post – and here they are! View the complete Peeps Show here. Be sure to check out “Double Peep Strike”…

This Tuesday, April 7, the Koshland Science museum in DC is hosting a book talk: Join NASA scientist Gavin Schmidt and accomplished photographer Joshua Wolfe as they demonstrate how photographs can illustrate the effects of global warming more poignantly than any temperature graph or chart. The two will show photos and satellite images of retreating…

Photo by Tracy Woodward, WaPo Yesterday, zookeepers at the National Zoo’s Conservation and Research Center discovered two newborn clouded leopard cubs in the enclosure of their mother, Jao Chu. This is a big deal because it is notoriously difficult to breed clouded leopards in captivity: males can attack and kill females with whom they aren’t…

Here in DC, creative individuals appear to have revised Chevron ads in at least one Metro station to reflect a more, er, politically overt sentiment. The poster hack changes the promise “I will use less energy” in this ad (pdf) to “I will stop lobbying against climate legislation.” The digitally executed revision (which looks pretty…

For my DC peeps: I’ve been helping one of my colleagues with an event for college journalists, to be held next Friday at NIH (Bethesda, MD). It’s a roundtable discussion on the challenges of covering addiction issues; scheduled guests include Lisa Stark of ABC News, Lauran Neergaard from the AP, and Jacqueline Duda of the…