Archives for January, 2011

Julian Assange: Bag Lady or Puppet Master?

The New York Times Sunday Magazine published a brilliant essay today by Executive Editor Bill Keller, “The Boy Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest” that describes an evolving relationship between news media outlets and their source and the complex balancing act between the freedom of press and a government’s responsibility to protect. It portrays a fascinating…

Unique Global Carbon Footprints

For atmospheric carbon dioxide levels to stabilize, this chart clearly shows, the world’s major emitters and smaller countries will have to reduce emissions.

What do Biology teachers teach our children? This has been an ongoing subject of discussion by my Scibling PZ Meyers for years. I would like to add a comment, based on a paper in this week’s Science. A study just published in Science indicates that while creationism may have been defeated in the courtroom, it…

Education As a Roadblock to Creativity?

Education reform may be one of the most important initiatives of our generation. It is a complex and sensitive topic, with a wide range of views from families, teachers and their unions (if public), states, the federal government and from think tanks.

Lolita’s Lepidopterist Lover

Source. “L” and alliterations thereof, turns out to have immense importance in literature and science. Science and art can co-exist. Surprised? Let me explain.

President Obama’s Moment, Bachmann Sideways

Doug Mills/The New York Times President Obama focused attention on preparing the United States to thrive against global competition. President Obama’s 2011 State of the Union speech was broad, thematic and optimistic as expected. Each listener comes to such a speech with their own perspective and background. As a scientist, I was particularly encouraged to…

Source. It is no surprise that anyone playing football risks physical injury. More and more data is pointing to brain injuries caused by high speed collisions to the player’s helmet. I once had the pleasure of dining with Michael Strahan who played for the New York Giants for fourteen seasons. Our conversation was engaging and…

Tonight, President Obama will give his State of the Union address at 9 pm with a new twist: using the latest online technologies, including streaming visual aids, with charts and statistics relevant to his comments. What a wonderful way to engage and educate the public! See you online.

3D Live Peep Show: In the Brain

Imagine being able to observe the health status of your brain streaming real-time in 3D. Medical treatments for a range of neurovascular, neurological, cancerous and trauma-induced conditions would be far more effective, because snapshots over time would reveal the progression of a disease or damage. This is not science fiction. Scientists at Stanford University have…

The Huffington Post Virus?

Note to readers: This report of a supposed viral pandemic is entirely fictional but not inconceivable, and is for entertainment purposes only (depending upon your sensibilities.) A new viral pandemic may be on its way. To date, physical symptoms have been benign. While the method of transmission, origin and therapies are as yet unknown, symptoms…