The Intersection

Archives for June, 2008

My latest Science Progress column is up: It presents some ideas for improving the relationship between science and Congress other than the most obvious one–restoring the Office of Technology Assessment. The piece starts out like this: First the good news: The number of physicists in Congress just increased dramatically. And now the bad: That increase…

Remember those disgusting vast areas of the ocean depleted of oxygen and devoid of fish, shrimp, and marine life? They’re getting worse.

…we learn that New Orleans still can’t necessarily withstand a strong Category 2. In other words, three years after Katrina, we still don’t have the protections we were supposed to have before the storm hit. Gotta love the Corps, and its masters–Bush and Congress. All this, and I’ve been hatching plans to head back New…

No doubt all this excess CO2 in the atmosphere is mucking up the planet, throwing all sorts of plants, animals, and natural cycles off kilter. Enter Craig Venter. Yes, the very same fellow who decoded the human genome in 2000 faster than anyone. Eight years later, he’s set his sights on something that could be…

Welcome Home Discovery

A 14-day mission to the International Space Station ended when Discovery touched down Saturday morning in Cape Canaveral, Florida. So what were seven astronauts doing up there for two weeks, 217 orbits, and 5.7 million miles? Details are now up in my post over at Correlations…

I have probably been remiss in not doing this post sooner. You may have noticed that Sheril and I are not blogging with our regular frequency these days. There’s a reason: We are, as we’ve announced previously, working on our book, which is going to consume us for much of the summer. I still plan…

Anglerfish!

Carnival of the Blue is one year old! Check out the 13th edition over at Mark’s place. And ever ask yourself what’s one thing YOU can do for the ocean? The EcoDaredevil himself, Wallace J. Nichols, has a terrific Op-Ed in Mercury News explaining how each of us has the power to make a difference:…

My latest Science Progress column is up: It’s about two recent developments which basically prove that those of us who have been flagging abuses of climate science in the administration were right all along. The developments are these: 1) NASA’s own Inspector General now backs up charges that the agency’s public affairs office tried to…

What Would PZ Do?

From today’s Science Daily: ScienceDaily (Jun. 9, 2008) — New evidence that chemical contaminants are finding their way into the deep-sea food web has been found in deep-sea squids and octopods, including the strange-looking “vampire squid”. The troubling findings are about to be published in the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin. Researchers collected nine species of…

Well, it seems Facebook just wasn’t cool enough for the aspiring Ph.D… Heard of Epernicus? According to the tagline, it’s ‘Where Science Meets.’ Only you have to be invited. In fact, you must ‘use the name under which you publish, if applicable‘, so the webhosts can review your request and determine whether you’re worthy of…