Archives for August, 2009

In August, Goddard added 4,128 new-generation Intel “Nehalem” processors to its Discover high-end computing system. The upgraded Discover will serve as the centerpiece of a new climate simulation capability at Goddard. Discover will host NASA’s modeling contributions to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the leading scientific organization for assessing climate change, and other…

Income, IQ, and profession

Research from Bristol: Doctors and lawyers are more likely to come from wealthy backgrounds according to new research from the Department of Economics that indicates that the ‘social gap’ that prevents poorer people from entering the top professions is becoming more pronounced over time. Using data on family income and IQ in childhood drawn from…

Which is more annoying, cats or dogs?

Bachmann’s Town Hall

I did not go to the Michele Bachmann “town hall” meeting yesterday because of a schedule conflict (I was out of town) but there is some news. Check out the last few posts on Dump Michele Bachmann blog. There is evidence, apparently, that Bachmann supporters were bussed in to pack the room. I’ve heard from…

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Tiniest Photograph Ever Explained

I posted a photo of a itty bitty molecule that is making the news these days … the photo, not the molecule … but I didn’t have much to say about it except that it was cool. Ethan Siegel has picked up the thread and explains what it is we are looking at. I myself…

Here is a major press release by Elizabeth K. Gardner on the link between climate change and poverty, reproduced below the fold for your edification. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Sb Blogospherics

Kennedy and Nixon is an excellent essay by Chad Orzel comparing the post-death whitewashing phenomena for each case. The Idiot of the Month Award goes to….. (Ed Brayton’s blog has it) Are scientists two years from curing cancer or not?

The Health Care (Insurance) Gap

First, let’s get this one thing straight, because a lot of the astroturfers and even reporters and politicians are not getting it. Health care is when you get sick and the medical profession fixes you up, or some version of that. How good our health care system is becomes a matter of how good the…

Lockstep Republicans = Stoopid

I made the point in an earlier post (Discordant Democrats vs. Republican Dittoheads) that Republicans work in lock step and simply do whatever they are told. I’m not talking (necessarily) about the average Joe the Plumber Republican. I’m talking about elected officials with law degrees. The average United States Senator or Representative who happens to…