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Archives for April, 2008

The Future Looks Bright

Last week, I expressed concern over science illiteracy in the United States. While it’s obvious we have a long way to go (evidenced by survey information provided by NSF), I have renewed optimism for tomorrow’s leaders. The reason over at Correlations…

…by Greg Laden. Or as one of my own commenters put it, “Either you really are just fucking stupid, or you’re a closet creationist in this blog group. Pick one.” I won’t be deleting that comment despite the profanity, because I want to have it all on the record–the record of what now happens at…

Expelled a Box Office Success

I merely report the facts: Expelled, opening at over 1,000 theaters this weekend, has raked in $ 3.15 million, placing it ninth at the box office. In terms of political documentaries, it is already the eighth highest grossing of all time. UPDATE: Randy Olson, with whom I just went to see Expelled here in LA,…

Tonight Larry King will be hosting two celebrity documentarians–Morgan Spurlock (cheers) and Ben Stein (boos). Alas, if the former wanted to be well equipped to debunk the latter’s expected tripe about evolution, there probably would have been no better training than making The Republican War on Science as a documentary. But Spurlock opted not to–a…

Okay, so…The Daily Show was pretty easy. Lewis Black’s “Root of All Evil”? A bit tougher. I went on the show with Sean Carroll, Jennifer Ouellette, Clifford Johnson, Michael Shermer, and a number of other “scientists” for a schtick called “Last Scientist Standing”–a parody of American Idol. And, well, if you want to see what…

The Wall Street Journal has an article by David Baltimore and Ahmen Zewail about the Science Debate that didn’t happen today at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia: All three candidates declined. Apparently the top contenders for our nation’s highest elective office have better things to do than explain to the public their views on securing…

Molly & Me

Following our hint last week of an announcement–which we have now officially made–there was some gossip about Sheril and myself. I know it’s not meant that way, but it can be hurtful to people in our personal lives. So although until now I have kept that part of my life pretty much off the blog,…

The Legend Lives On

Biologists in northern Vietnam have identified a soft-shell giant turtle believed to be extinct in the wild! Swinhoe’s turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) was found and photographed in a lake west of the capital, Hanoi. It’s one of the most critically endangered species of turtle in the world. And get this: These legendary animals grow up to…

There has been some buzz of late over the idea that with a recent paper, MIT hurricane guru Kerry Emanuel is backing down from the stance that global warming has intensified recent hurricanes. But after reading the paper, I just don’t see it. Sure, Emanuel admits he might be wrong but that’s no more and…

You’ve already read our policy forum in Science–but in my latest column for Science Progress, I go farther in drawing lessons from the ScienceDebate2008 experience thus far. They are: 1. Ignore the Naysayers 2. Whatever Happens in 2008, We Can Build on the Experience in 2012 3. There is No Excuse for Science To Run…