Adventures in Ethics and Science

Archives for May, 2009

Another overcast, cool, and dry morning today.

This morning was overcast, cool, and dry. But, as it wasn’t a school day, I was determined to get some gastropod action.

Since the school science fair is safely behind us, we can give you a peek at the projects the Free-Ride offspring presented. (We couldn’t do this prior to the science fair without running the risk that the sprogs would be accused of lifting their projects from a blog post.) Here’s the elder Free-Ride offspring’s project…

This morning was dry and cool and overcast, so the pickings were slim.

There’s an interesting piece in the Chicago Tribune on the “Oprah effect”. The upshot is that products or people who Oprah deigns to grace with airtime tend to find enormous public acceptance. While this is well and good if the product is a novel or the person is a television chef, it’s less clear that…

In a recent post, Candid Engineer raised some interesting questions about data and ethics:

There’s a new feature article by Liza Gross [1] up at PLoS Biology. Titled “A Broken Trust: Lessons from the Vaccine-Autism Wars,” the article does a nice job illuminating how the themes of trust and accountability play out in interactions between researchers, physicians, patients, parents, journalists, and others in the public discourse about autism and…

Another morning, another gastropod foray.

The happy news and the wistful news concern separate matters, though. First, the happy news:

Actually, the awards will include other sorts of blogging, too, but it’s the awards for science blogging that have a fast-approaching nomination deadline.