The Intersection

Archives for September, 2007

A Consensus on Framing?

You probably aren’t going to believe this. But not only was the battle at the Bell Museum in Minneapolis last night pretty un-warlike; the participants actually seemed to find plenty of common ground. Both Greg Laden and, yes, even PZ Myers agreed that the framing of science can be a useful tool sometimes–perhaps even a…

This is the true story…of eight strangers…picked to share a new science blog…work together, and have their research and interests exposed…to find out what happens when scientists and media experts stop being esoteric…and start getting real…CORRELATIONS. * a collaboration between WIRED Science and PBS * We’ve got a physicist, an antarctic meteorologist, an epidemiologist (and…

My latest DeSmogBlog entry is up–it’s a reaction to the recent Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger piece in the New Republic, which in turn is an excerpt/adaptation from their new book Break Through. You’ll recall that these guys are the stylish authors of the famed “Death of Environmentalism” essay (PDF). Anyways, I think Nordhaus and…

Sex In My Inbox

Okay folks, while I’m pleased so many are fascinated by Randy’s video, I’m also overwhelmed by the sheer number of science related sex videos flooding my inbox. It’s enough to make a marine scientist blush (and I’m starting to wonder if all this content may be setting off some kind of deviant cyberspace alarm). While…

Karen, The Once and Future Hurricane?

Karen, possibly a hurricane for something like three hours, maybe. My latest “Storm Pundit” post just went up–it’s about Tropical Storm Karen, which was probably a hurricane yesterday for a very brief period and may be officially named one in post-season reanalysis (assuming the now-highly sheared storm doesn’t make any kind of comeback). I point…

Cruise, Cruise Baby!

Yesterday’s barnacle video was tremendously popular. So much so, that readers in the world of science have been sending me related links ever since I posted the well-endowed arthropod. Having spent time doing research at sea in the Gulf of Maine, this particular one spoke to my own heart. Ever wonder what it’s like to…

While Sheril continues to blog up a storm, I merely have a few updates between my various plane flights….the latest of which, today, takes me to Minnesota for the big debate (tomorrow night) between Mooney-Nisbet and Laden-Myers. More on that when I get a second, but first, some updates: The latest issue of Seed is…

Best Sex Video On The Web

Before Flock of Dodos and Shifting Baselines, Randy Olson was inspiring the next generation of marine scientists with educational videos on topics in our field. My first semester in graduate school, I was dazzled by a particular captivating piece from 1991. Craig McClain referenced this project when he was in town (it’s notorious in marine…

Kudos to our clever commentors… Well played! You figured out my framing game… I’ve been sharing my perspective on the media with regard to science and politics over several months now and evidently readers have been paying attention. My post yesterday was an experiment of sorts to see if you’d notice when a seemingly reputable…

Our First “K” Storm Since Katrina

Tropical Storm Karen has formed in the open Atlantic, and it’s simply gigantic. Accordingly, I’ve done my latest “Storm Pundit” post about Karen, hurricane size, and what this storm–our eleventh of the year–says about the accuracy of some of the pre-season forecasts. You can read the piece here. Meanwhile, I’ll leave you with a picture…