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The John Droz Letter

The following is a repost of a Facebook Post by Michael Mann. I don’t think this needs any comment from me. The original is here. Begin Repost Several colleagues have notified me of the following email that has been sent to a presumably broad group of researchers and academics by John Droz of the ‪#‎Koch‬-funded…

New Elements for the Periodic Table

Four elements are being added to the Periodic Table of the Elements. (I’m going to need a new shower curtain). These elements have been “known” for a long time, but are only now being added for reasons explained in the video below. Meanwhile, have you read The Periodic Kingdom: A Journey Into The Land Of…

The Time Scales of Political and Climate Change Matter The US is engaged in the laborious process of electing a new leader, who will likely be President for 8 years. Climate change has finally become an issue in US electoral politics. The climate policies of the next US President, and the Congress, will have a…

August Berkshire of Minnesota Atheists has organized an Atheist Talk radio show for tomorrow, Sunday Morning, in which various people will discuss many of the top science stories of 2015. The idea is for each guest to take the Discover Magazine’s top 100 stories of 2015, pick a subset of ten, and have at them.…

What order should you watch Star Wars in?

With the imminent release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, you might want to refresh your memory by watching the earlier Star Wars films, or even the films and other related productions. There are two or three philosophies on this. The most obvious is to watch the films in chronological order, or story order, so…

To paraphrase Walter Brooke playing Mr. McGuire, in his conversation with Dustin Hoffman’s character Ben in The Graduate, “Just one word … are you listening? … Plasticity. Its a great future. Enough said.” Read about this interesting new research in my latest post at 10,000 Birds blog!

As you may know, Mike Haubrich and I have been planning to develop a podcast. Well, we did it, and you can visit the first episode here. In this episode, Mike and I discuss some of the reasons behind why we created Ikonokast, and interview writer and science policy expert Shawn Otto. We touch on…

Attacking Climate Science and Scientists

You are a scientists and you are doing two things. First, you have finished a preliminary study and submitted a grant proposal based on your evolving idea about something, and you have just submitted a related paper to a peer reviewed journal. Well, OK, that’s a bunch of things, but they are all related to…

Climate Science Legal Defense

I thought I’d share this update from the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund. We have much to be grateful for at CSLDF – this year, we became an independent 501(c)(3) organization, provided legal services to 30+ researchers, and took on some of the worst groups attacking climate scientists.  Thank you for your support!  We truly…

Books On Birds And Nature

Here we look mainly at bird books, but I wanted to also mention a couple of other items on non-birds. I’ve mixed in some new books along with a few other books that have come out over the last couple of years, but that are still very current, very amazing books, and since they have…