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Archives for April, 2008

The Woes at EPA

In my latest Science Progress column, I describe the utter meltdown at the Environmental Protection Agency, which involves not only mistreatment of agency scientists but the blatant failure to follow the law. Things probably haven’t been this bad at the agency since the days of Ann Gorsuch Burford, if anyone remembers her. And that’s saying…

Storm World Hardcover for Cheap

It has recently come to my attention that Amazon is selling them for $ 8.49–a dramatic markdown from the list price of $ 26.00–so if you haven’t gotten one yet but had planned on it or wanted to, now is the time. Alternatively, you can wait for the paperback with the new cover and afterword,…

Paging Kevin, Craig, Peter, PZ, Jennifer, Josh, Mark, Andrew, Benny, Ed, Miriam, Rick, J., and Hugh… COLOSSAL SQUID! ‘On Wednesday, a 30 foot long, 900-pound colossal squid hauled up from the Antarctic last January will be studied by a team of scientists… but the catch is, they’ll only have FOUR hours!‘ [Note, the awesomeness of…

Meet Cyclone Nargis–image courtesy of CIMSS–which may be set to terrorize the Bay of Bengal region. This storm is expected to steadily intensify to Category 4 or higher, and then hit something. That something could be India, Bangladesh, or Burma/Myanmar…not a development that anyone in this vulnerable region needs. Read more for my take on…

NOAA Doesn’t Exist

According to NOAA.gov, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: is an agency that enriches life through science. Our reach goes from the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean floor as we work to keep citizens informed of the changing environment around them. As it happens, many of my good friends and…

New Comments Policy

You may have noticed that things have been a little wild here on the blog lately, argument and comment-wise. To calm things down, we’ve decided that all comments from now on will be moderated. This is actually going back to the way we used to do things. If comments are not on point, respectful, and…

My Review of Expelled

It has just gone up over at Science Progress. Since there are certain things you cannot really say on ScienceBlogs any longer, I will only quote here the parts of the review that are ideologically palatable: Okay, let’s get this out of the way first: Ben Stein’s new movie, Expelled, is a deeply dishonest piece…

On May 9, 2008, I’m going to be speaking at the 33rd Annual AAAS Forum On Science And Technology Policy in Washington, DC. I am part of the last plenary session alongside Seed’s Editor-in-Chief Adam Bly and Dr. Anthony Crider, co-founder of the SciLands, a science continent in the Second Life world. Our discussion will…

Earth Day With J.

I can’t think of a better way to kick off Earth Day 2008 than brunch with Wallace J. Nichols – third culture oceanographer and Ocean Conservancy senior scientist. Later today, he’s giving a keynote address here at Duke, so it’s a good opportunity for us to catch up. Readers may remember J.’s research featured here…

This is not to knock the very important Expelled Exposed website. But in my opinion, in this day and age you really have to answer film with more film–and entertaining film with more entertaining film. Ben Stein is very intellectually dishonest in Expelled, but he’s also funny. Luckily, Randy Olson’s 2006 documentary Flock of Dodos…