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Archives for May, 2008

One week ago I left for the 33rd Annual AAAS Forum on Science and Technology Policy…So what went on over two days in our nation’s capitol? LOTS! The event was fantastic! In fact, with so many wonderful contributions, there’s no way I could possibly do it justice with a single post, so I’ll highlight some…

Okay, so….I got sick of this new wave of conservative science punditry, which dismisses the “war on science” argument without even bothering to show it’s wrong, and then goes on to claim that we liberals are “new eugenicists” and that our embrace of science is going to lead us off a political cliff. The result…

A couple months ago, we learned that the Vatican named pollution a new sin and now it seems they like astronomy too… Funes [Jesuit director of the Vatican Observatory] said science, especially astronomy, does not contradict religion… The Bible “is not a science book,” Funes said, adding that he believes the Big Bang theory is…

I’m pleased to make my first cameo appearance in the Scientiae Carnival, the ‘best blogging on women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics!‘ This month’s collection is hosted by FlickaMawa of A Cat Nap and the theme is career paths, perspective, and changing self-image. Go check it out…

Democrats, Republicans agree on need, disagree on issues; health care tops list WASHINGTON–May 12, 2008– A new poll shows that 85% of U.S. adults agree that the presidential candidates should participate in a debate on how science can be used to tackle America’s major challenges. The poll found no difference between Democrats and Republicans on…

Science Tattoo

No, this is not my leg (I plan to stay ink-free), but the appendage belongs to a favorite girlfriend and former bandmate. She’s a soil scientist with a passion for the lovable preying mantis and I suspect I’ve just witnessed the creation of the coolest science tattoo this millennium… Check out my full post over…

No Air

I’m back from the AAAS Forum on Science and Technology Policy, which brought together an incredible group of speakers and moderators. I remain humbled and honored to have been involved and will have details on this spectacular event next week. In the mean time, I must figure out what to do without my Air, which…

Over at Island of Doubt, you’ll find Carnival of the Blue 12, ‘A celebration of all things wet and wonderful‘. This month features contributions from both The Intersection and Correlations. I especially enjoyed reading Jame’s take on my April 28th post that explained NOAA’s never been authorized by Congress: WTF? No wonder we’re running out…

Look, folks. It’s this simple. Carl Zimmer is one of our very best science writers. If not the absolute best bar none. So if you like reading about science, go buy his newest, Microcosm: E. Coli and the New Science of Life. And don’t wait–the book is just out, and if you buy now you…

Props to my brother, who has been “noticed.” From the New York Times Artsbeat blog, covering the New Orleans Jazz Fest: This year’s Monk Institute class has only been working together since the start of the fall term, but already there’s a noticeable chemistry among the students, judging by their Jazzfest performance on Sunday morning.…