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Who: BP, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig (owned by Transocean but leased to BP), and Haliburton (responsible for plugging holes in the pipeline). What: The largest offshore spill in U.S. history. The numbers are fuzzy but estimates are somewhere between 35,000 to 60,000 barrels of oil per day. Today is day 80 of the spill,…

Jessie and I made a beeline for New Orleans. We stopped only for gas and a night’s rest. In Pachuta, Mississippi, we couldn’t resist photographing this sign at a gas station (not BP — we won’t be stopping at BP):

President Obama called it “the worst environmental disaster America has ever faced.” So I thought I should face it and head to the Gulf. With me is Jessie Lozier, who I have known all of her 18 years (here we are in 1998 and today at our hotel in the French Quarter). As a future…

Almost every hour I receive some new piece of information that I want to write about on this blog. And yet, as you’ll notice, the posts are spotty. The truth is, there is simply too much to criticize. Just consider the oceans this week. The IWC met to discuss whether to reopen commercial whaling, which,…

This month, the U.S. Justice Department opened criminal and civil investigations into the BP oil spill. Will BP executives go to jail? The Times has a nice piece on the potential 3-15 years BP executives could serve, suggesting that mid to senior-level managers at BP are most at risk of criminal prosecution for “gross negligence”.…

It is nice to see science and art getting along. The World Science Festival’s event Eye Candy demonstrates how science can help us understand some of our notions of beauty. Art is equally useful to science, especially to scientists who envy the artist’s ability to parlay an idea into something visual—something that does not make…

Since it’s Sunday and a week since I last blogged (forgive me Father, for I have sinned…), I thought I would keep on the church theme. No nunchuks this week (not even this kind), but I did want to share a study on how money is collected in churches can affect giving. Economist Adriaan Soetevent…

I photographed this sign recently at a church in Cincinnati, Ohio:

The people my mom works with wanted to know what I thought of the oil spill. Are there alternatives to: it’s a catastrophe? In America, land of nutbags, there are always alternatives. Texas Governor Rick Perry called it an ‘act of God’ (BP has amassed almost as much power). But really, there is only one…

It takes only one rogue in a million to wipe out a geoduck population, which becomes obvious in Craig Welch’s newest book Shell Games. The illegal geoduck trade in the Puget Sound and the wildlife officers who track them make for an action packed story that brings the otherwise humble shellfish into rank with the…