Archives for January, 2012

Senate Resolution Number 92

I remember the first time I visited a penguin colony. It was not hard to find. Penguin colonies smell really really bad. Here’s why:

Lake Elmo Ice Fishing Contest Canceled

Organizers with the Lake Elmo Lions Club announced the cancellation of next Sunday’s ice fishing contest… Organizers measured the ice on the lake at about 12 inches, and said it needed to be 18 inches for everyone’s safety, especially because most participants would be parking their vehicles along the lake’s edge. …this is the second…

How do you know when to stop squeezing?

If you are a snake. And, what causes some island dwelling boas to be smaller than the mainland variety? If you want to know the answer to these two burning questions, click here and visit Smithsonian’s Surprising Science where I’ll be guest blogging for a couple of weeks. For the first question, there is some…

I suspect that the complexity of global climate change is under-appreciated. If you live in a cold climate and I tell you that things will get warmer, you may see this as good news and look forward to a future where you no longer have to get your antifreeze checked and replace your old battery…

Since the Daily Mail is a British thing and the latest form of entertainment in Britain is Libel Tourism, I won’t say to you that the Daily Mail is a rag full of lies and deceit. Instead, I’ll let you be the judge. These studies: Decline in solar output unlikely to offset global warming 23…

Quiet possibly. Ocean acidification caused by the same CO2 that causes global warming is causing them to die. You might think you can take solace in the idea that coral reefs have been with us forever even when ocean chemistry changes, that there must be some way in which coral reefs survive through changing conditions,…

This week, we’re talking about what may be the most stigmatized facet of human reproduction. We’re joined by Dr. Kate Clancy, anthropology professor and science blogger, to learn about the physiology and function of menstruation, and the history of how it’s been considered in medicine and myth. And on the podcast, biologist P.Z. Myers of…

The Wall Street Journal has published one of the most offensive, untruthful, twisted reviews of what scientists think of climate change; the WSJ Lies about the facts and twists the story to accommodate the needs of head-in-the-sand industrialists and 1%ers; The most compelling part of their argument, according to them, is that the editorial has…

Sad Anniversary, Apollo 1

I met Amy Shira Teitel at the Science Online 2012 conference, and we had an interesting conversation about the risks of spaceflight. Have a look at this extensive coverage by Amy of the Apollo 1 fire, which happened 45 years ago.

An anti-science climate denialist “think” tank (the word “think” clearly does not actually applyl here) is said to have received a big chunk of money from some anonymous source, and an effort has been made to find out who that source is. This is all happening in Britain where all the legal systems are strange…