Archives for June, 2011

2011 Miss USA: “Huge Science Geek”!

Miss California Alyssa Campanella wins the 2011 Miss USA Pageant. In preliminary judging, Campenella supported teaching evolution in public schools. In the finals, she gave a complex answer on legalizing marijuana. Photo Credit: By Valerie Macon, AFP/Getty Images This is my favorite story of the day: The newly crowned Miss USA, Alyssa Campanella, 21, of…

Source: Sheep purple Flickr Photostream. Big Ag and antibiotics are becoming a lightning rod for a culture war of facts. Does agricultural use of antibiotics contribute to their diminishing effectiveness in people?

On Father’s Day, I received an email from the First Lady celebrating an exemplary father giving back to his community. One line at the end of the message struck me, referring to the “Obama Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee authorized by Obama for America and the Democratic National Committee.” We aren’t funded by Washington…

Odi Profanum Vulgus Et Arceo “I detest the common crowd, and I rebuff them.” Bill Keller, Executive Editor of The New York Times, announced that a new section, Sunday Review, will launch June 26, including comics.

Bad Ads?

I have been writing recently about the role of science in advertising as the “new glam.” A Yoplait television ad brings a new dimension to this discussion. Is it possible for TV ads to deliver subliminal potentially harmful messages, whether intentional or not?

Global Warming, 65 Million Years Ago

Scientists have evidence that global warming may have occurred more than 65 million years ago. How does this warming compare to modern data?

How Rachel Maddow’s Brain OutBlogged Me

What constitutes consciousness? How do you define a person? These are deep philosophical questions that I cannot answer, but MSNBC political commentator Rachel Maddow took them on – prompted, surprisingly, by one of my recent blogs “Growing a Brain in a Dish.”

Data mining of the more than 24,000 Gov. Sarah Palin’s emails released June 10 is an interesting test case in national news media using crowd sourcing to mine a large database. The example I found today is interesting indeed, providing insight into the preparation process of a politician for a news media interview – in…

Yes, I know that thousands of bloggers have been mining through the more than 24,000 emails released today from Sarah Palin’s time as Governor of Alaska. I could not resist some data mining myself. Here’s my pick, for now:

Dear readers, I am delighted that I have joined journalist Chris Mooney at The Intersection, his blog for Discover magazine as a guest blogger. My first post addresses the question, Sexy Science: The New “Sizzle” in Advertising? I look forward to your comments.