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Archives for December, 2007

We already know everyone’s favorite echinoderm is a far-eastern delicacy, has purported aphrodisiac qualities, and is a real life shape shifter even J. K. Rowling couldn’t dream up… but according to an international team of scientists, the under appreciated sea cucumber may just be a veritable miracle worker to boot! Not only are these critters…

2007: The Global Hurricane Year

[Tracks of storms in the Northwest Pacific basin, 2007.] Okay–I realize the year isn’t over yet. But I figured it was close enough to start compiling some data on global hurricane activity. Using a cutoff of 35 knot maximum sustained wind speed to identify a storm, here’s what I get if you use the Unisys…

I’m pleased to say we brought in the following new endorsers yesterday: Congressman Vern Ehlers, R-MI, 3rd District, Michigan, Ranking Republican, House Subcommittee on Research & Science Education Mark Emmert, President, University Of Washington Harold M. Evans, Author of They Made America: From the Steam Engine to the Search Engine, Two Hundred Years of Innovators…

Winter travel sucks. And I’m doing it anyway. After spending more or less all of December getting myself as settled as possible here in LA, I now must venture out again next month–and the one after that. Specifically, I’ll be in North Carolina, Louisiana, Missouri, and Florida. More details: Saturday, January 19, 3:45 PM-4:45 PM…

Back When Whales Were Fish

Move over, all you monkey trials from primordial American history (and from, like, 2005). Here comes a high stakes whale trial that has been lost to our memories, but that we really should learn about and remember. I’m talking about the 1818 court case Maurice v. Judd, chronicled in Princeton historian (and former Chris Mooney…

2007: A Space Odyssey

Long ago, before I wandered through tidepools and discovered the majestic sea cucumber, I wanted to be an astrobiologist. To this day, little captures my imagination and attention so intently as the study of space. And I know I’m not alone… From Carl Sagan to George Lucas, most everyone seems just as completely fascinated about…

The Thirteenth Laureate

ScienceDebate2008 added the following names yesterday: Sheldon Glashow. The Metcalf Professor of Mathematics and Physics at Boston University, Nobel Prize in Physics, 1979 Geoffrey West, President, Santa Fe Institute, Time 100 list of the 100 most influential people of 2006 Meanwhile, our blogger coalition, I’m pleased to say, added some top hurricane folk: Eric Berger,…

We’ve already heard from Publisher’s Weekly and Science Friday…but now the blogs are weighing in. I’m psyched that the Weather Underground’s Jeff Masters, the Houston Chronicle‘s Eric Berger, and MSNBC’s Alan Boyle are all naming Storm World as a top science read from 2007–and recommending it as an Xmas gift. Thanks, guys!

While Sheril is riling up the geeks, I thought I’d provide the first of what I’m sure will be many updates this week on the ScienceDebate2008 endeavor. There’s immensely heartening news, anywhere you look. The op-ed by myself and Lawrence Krauss announcing this project has now appeared in major papers across the country: The Los…

I need a new computer. So readers, Mac or PC? The thing is Mac users sometimes scare me just a little… Really. It’s as if they’ve been converted to the Church of Macintosh. Has anyone else noticed this phenomenon? Now admittedly, my dad is a Mac user and mom’s set on her PC, so it’s…