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Cognitive Daily has been chosen to respond to the first question in a newly revised feature on ScienceBlogs: Ask a ScienceBlogger. Readers can submit questions, and they’ll be answered by an expert in the field of inquiry (even though it’s posted under Dave’s name, Dave and Greta worked together on this one). Then, hopefully, discussion…

The Best Science TV Show of All Time

This week’s “Ask a ScienceBlogger” question is easy: The best science TV show is Mythbusters. Let’s face it: most TV science programming is downright awful. It dumbs down the content, and tends not to explain the really interesting part of the question at hand. As I wrote recently over on Word Munger, Whether it’s Nova…

This week’s Ask a Scienceblogger: “Is severely regulating your diet for a month each year, as Muslims do during Ramadan, good for you?” I’d say that’s nearly impossible to answer: there are too many other factors at work. But consider this: Kuwait’s average life expectancy is 76.9 Portugal’s is 77.2 Since Kuwait is a primarily…

I try to stay away from answering “Ask a Scienceblogger” when it strays too far from my areas of expertise. This week, the question is the following: I read this article in the NRO, and the author actually made some interesting arguments. ‘Basically,’ he said, ‘I am questioning the premise that [global warming] is a…

Seed has asked all the sciencebloggers to respond to the following question: What movie do you think does something admirable (though not necessarily accurate) regarding science? Bonus points for answering whether the chosen movie is any good generally…. I talked with Greta about this last night, and we each used similar logic for our choices.…

How do we find time to blog?

Here’s this week’s Ask a Scienceblogger question: How is it that all the PIs (Tara, PZ, Orac et al.), various grad students, post-docs, etc. find time to fulfill their primary objectives (day jobs) and blog so prolifically?… Funny you asked. It’s actually rather a long story. You see, about a year and a half ago,…

This week’s Ask a Scienceblogger inquires about our other research interests: Assuming that time and money were not obstacles, what area of scientific research, outside of your own discipline, would you most like to explore? Why?… We talked about this one over the weekend, considering all the important lines of research we could have gotten…

This week’s “Ask a Scienceblogger question” is: Since they’re funded by taxpayer dollars (through the NIH, NSF, and so on), should scientists have to justify their research agendas to the public, rather than just grant-making bodies? NO! The public isn’t qualified to determine whether research is worthwhile. Why do you think researchers spend nine-plus years…

This week’s Ask a Scienceblogger question is “will the “human” race still be around in 100 years?” The short answer is yes. The slightly longer answer is this: we could face a number of catastrophes, including a pandemic, massive global warming, nuclear war, or all of the above. Our numbers could be reduced to a…

All the ScienceBloggers have been asked to write about the recent invention they could wipe off the face of the earth. Their answers have been the usual suspects: nuclear bombs, land mines — truly awful stuff — and they might be right. However, I’m not enough of a historian to know what the full impact…