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Archives for July, 2008

I really enjoyed Sheril’s post last week about scientifically inaccurate movies. As I went to check out the list that she linked to, I found myself nodding constantly. But of course, that’s hardly an exhaustive list. Let me tell you a bit more about the kinds of scientific inaccuracies I’ve noted in Hollywood films–this by…

Speaking of energy… As gas prices topped $4 a gallon this summer, Exxon Mobil has posted a new profit record which works out to bringing in $1,485.55 a second. Go figure. NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Exxon Mobil once again reported the largest quarterly profit in U.S. history Thursday, posting net income of $11.68 billion on…

What?

Politics aside, I’m suspicious of McCain’s latest ad. It’s a false free association taking us from Britney to Paris to Obama and then somehow to offshore drilling… (the latter is a very bad idea by the way). I can’t help but wonder how in only 32 seconds we’re supposed to figure out the connection between…

Last week I praised Eric Roston’s excellent new book The Carbon Age. Here he is on Tuesday’s The Colbert Report:

Nuclear Energy? Not Yet.

This week at NexGen we’re taking on nuclear energy, but be assured your resident blogger has some serious reservations. Two words: Radioactive Waste. High-level radioactive waste is too irradiated for normal industrial disposal because exposure would pose a general health hazard to human and animal populations. Going nuclear means producing substances that can never be…

Senator Stevens Indicted

The vice chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee has been indicted ‘on charges he lied about receiving gifts worth more than $250,000 from an Alaska-based energy company on whose behalf he intervened in Washington.’ More at CNN…

Sony’s Fat Princess

When this hit my inbox, I thought it was a bad joke: She’s plump, powerful and ready to cause more controversy than “SuperSize Me.” She’s Fat Princess, the star of Sony’s upcoming video game of the same name. Debuting at last week’s E3 expo, the colorful Fat Princess is a capture-the-flag game with a twist:…

The “two cultures” effect that we’re seeing with the responses to Sizzle continues: Now the famed industry rag Variety loves the film that has many scientists scratching their heads (or worse). From the Variety reviewer: The film emerges, more skillfully than “Flock of Dodos,” as an exceedingly clever vehicle for making science engaging to a…

The American Voter

by Philip H. [Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this blog piece are the opinions of the author alone. They do not represent the opinions, policies, procedures, or sentiments of any government agency for which he currently works or has worked in the past. If you disagree, please contact the author, not your Congressmen.] Now, here’s…

Introducing Sydney

Not to be outstaged by Juno, over the past two days I spent most of my energies on this: Note to Philip H.: Sydney thanks you for blogging and providing me some relief. At 10 weeks, this Boston Terrier needs much of my attention…