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#CNNFail #youtubefail #iranelection

Follow me on Twitter and you’ll see this stream (to see more than one-sided conversation, search me there as well and check if there are comments on FriendFeed): RT @ljthornton Students: Roughly 2 hours of tweets from “student living in Tehran,” 22: http://bit.ly/wVpJl #CNNFail: Twitterverse slams network’s Iran absence. http://tr.im/osmp (via @jayrosen_nyu) @HowardKurtz Hours and…

SILENCE IS THE ENEMY, part II

Since my post about it is not on the front page any more, I just want to remind you of the groundswell of support for the Silence Is The Enemy initiative. Join the Facebook group, donate to Doctors Without Borders and write a letter to your representatives. Join the blogger coalition by blogging about this…

SILENCE IS THE ENEMY

About a week ago, Nicholas Kristof wrote an eye-opening op-ed in NYTimes – After Wars, Mass Rapes Persist. In Liberia, and probably in some other places, the end of war does not automatically mean the end of rape: Of course, children are raped everywhere, but what is happening in Liberia is different. The war seems…

An article that is likely to make the rounds of the science/medical blogosphere (and get the anti-vaccer trolls out of the woodwork): Researchers long ago rejected the theory that vaccines cause autism, yet many parents don’t believe them. Can scientists bridge the gap between evidence and doubt? Writes Liza Gross in the latest Feature article…

So they say. I guess even the government is not interested in saving the newspaper business….eh! Q1: why did they subscribe every employee? Couldn’t they buy one copy and put it in the waiting room at the reception desk, or at the water cooler, or in the dining hall? Or, well, they could have come…

The UCLA Pro-Test is tomorrow. If you live there – go. If not, prepare yourself for inevitable discussions – online and offline – by getting informed. And my fellow science bloggers have certainly provided plenty of food for thought on the issue of use of animals in research. First, you have to read Janet Stemwedel’s…

Today (yes, I know, it was leaked last night), President Obama announced that the first nations’ Chief Technology Officer will be Aneesh Paul Chopra. The Silicon Valley folks are not pleased. Tim O’Reilly thinks he is an excellent choice. What do you think?

In TIME, a couple of days ago – How Obama Is Using the Science of Change: Two weeks before Election Day, Barack Obama’s campaign was mobilizing millions of supporters; it was a bit late to start rewriting get-out-the-vote (GOTV) scripts. “BUT, BUT, BUT,” deputy field director Mike Moffo wrote to Obama’s GOTV operatives nationwide, “What…

Harold Varmus is everywhere!

Look what came in the mail yesterday! The Art and Politics of Science by Harold Varmus and, since he is in some way my boss, with a very nice personal inscription inside the cover. I am excited and already started reading it. And speaking o Varmus, he seems to be everywhere. See this article in…

Chris Mooney knows what he’s talking about: The Push for Restarting the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment: I’m starting to detect some buzz on this very important front, which I wrote about in detail in 2005′s The Republican War on Science and elsewhere. Basically, the story is this: In 1995 the Gingrich Republicans, looking to…