The Intersection

Archives for May, 2008

It doesn’t look like much, and probably won’t amount to much either. Nevertheless, the National Hurricane Center just renamed the remains of East Pacific Tropical Storm Alma–after crossing over Central America, this storm is in the Atlantic and should be called Arthur. I’m not even going to post a picture, because the cloud blob is…

Friday Nudibranchs

From up in Juneau, Alaska, my pal Nick Bonzey at the US Forest Service thought I’d appreciate a good dose of nudibranchs, claiming ‘these guys are MUCH cuter than your average sea cucumber.’ Admittedly, with photos like these from National Geographic’s David Doubilet, Nick might just be onto something…

A Woman’s Worth

Yes, there are jobs that offer women ‘man sized paychecks‘, but I’m not encouraged looking at mean salaries in the sciences. While we ladies recently experienced a sightly higher percentage increase than the fellas, it seems to me something still doesn’t add up:

Science And The City

From the Washington Post: NEW YORK, May 28 — Some of the nation’s leading scientists, including Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s top science adviser, today sharply criticized the diminished role of science in the United States and the shortage of federal funding for research, even as science becomes increasingly important to combating problems such as…

Go visit AAAS for their news release on my recent panel at the 33rd Annual AAAS Forum on Science and Technology Policy. New Media Pioneers Convey the ‘Cool’ of Science [27 May 2008] Speaking at the 2008 AAAS Forum on Science and Technology Policy in Washington, D.C., the speakers showed off online islands with virtual…

Next week, our leaders will begin to debate legislation that would significantly curb U.S. greenhouse gas emissions–the Lieberman-Warner bill. This legislation is nothing if not moderate–not strong enough for many environmentalists, but way too strong for the likes of George W. Bush. I’ve done my latest Center for American Progress column predicting how the debate…

Ocean acidification illustrated by David Fierstein (c) 2007 MBARI Ocean acidification is intimately connected to our changing climate and as important as global warming. We’re just not hearing about it in the news enough because the media has all but ignored the problem. So we must make the case that more scientists ought to be…

Perhaps some of you already have heard of this book by David Michaels, entitled Doubt is Our Product–which is basically the most comprehensive documentation yet of the war on science being conducted by private industry. But nevertheless, I want to emphasize again that you need to check it out if you haven’t already. See my…

After a 423 million mile journey, Phoenix touched down on Mars. The first pictures have been beamed back, and so far, it’s nothing like my my favorite Heinlein novel. The immediate goals of the Phoenix mission are to study the geologic history of water, and to search for evidence that Mars may have sustained life.…

It’s a rumor that has been percolating about the Hill for months… and now may be moving toward reality rapidly! Yes folks, it’s time to get behind the Bush Administration on something. It seems George W. Bush has plans to leave a ‘blue legacy‘ and to that I say, go for it Mr. President! No…