The Intersection

Archives for January, 2008

Folks: Here’s another old article I wrote that wasn’t online. You could say this is the article that started it all…my 2001 report on how John Marburger had been marginalized in the Bush administration. We’re talking old school….but at the same time, this kind of writing ultimately led to The Republican War on Science. Political…

I’m in New Orleans at the moment for this talk at Tulane University, so I can’t blog much. But I wanted to note some more awesome developments as we continue to strengthen our SD08 coalition, in anticipation of finally inviting the remaining candidates after Super Tuesday. The biggest news is this: The Council on Competitiveness,…

Wander into the Hall of Ocean Life at the American Museum of Natural History and surely every child will be gazing up in wonder at the life size blue whale. Most adults will too for that matter. There’s something mystical about a world within our own–different from all we know yet exploding with with biodiversity…

The winner of the Florida Republican primary has been the farthest thing from a straight talker lately…. but still, over at DeSmogBlog I argue that we should credit his record and realize that, while he’s more moderate than the Dems, he definitely wants mandatory action to happen–and that’s what centrally counts. To wit: There seem…

We’re Being Studied!

How’s that for role reversal on Science Blogs? Well, leave it to the good folks at Carnegie Mellon… Scientists have long studied how information, influence or physical items move through networks. But by combining that field of research with how to optimally detect the flow in a cost-effective way, the Carnegie Mellon researchers have devised…

From the NYTimes: The secret messages hidden in scientist J. Craig Venter’s synthetic bacterial genome have now been revealed. They are — his name, and that of his research institute and co-workers.

In his most prominent opportunities to speak to the nation over the past near-decade, our president hasn’t exactly highlighted matters relating to science (or his administration’s various assaults thereupon). I wouldn’t expect much of a change tonight, either. Still, to prepare yourself to be disappointed, check out this contribution from the Science Progress blog. The…

Framing Science in N.C., Redux

I was pleased to learn that our North Carolina session has been by far the most watched online–see here–so I decided to post the video. In addition, the chair of our session, the able Abel Pharmboy, has a long post summarizing what went down, which in turn prompted lots of follow up comments. If you…

The Ring and the Cross

Folks: This is the first in a series of posts in which I am going to be republishing, to this blog, old articles of mine that I think are pretty good but that are no longer available online. I want to have a record of my work here, and this seems a reasonable way to…

Life Aquatic

Craig McClain–scibling, intrepid deep sea explorer, and all around cool guy over at Deep Sea News has provided a great reminder of how vast oceans are… Randomly place a point on our planet and it would be deep sea. In our daily activities so far removed from this environment, we begin to think all the…