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On Doing It All

Michelle Obama, as quoted in the NYTimes: I was raised to believe I could do it all, and that was very empowering. Then I got into the work force and realized there was really no support for me to do it all. … We either have to fix that or be honest about it. I…

After Bill Clinton brought down the house, John Kerry called McCain a flip-flopper, followed by an impassioned speech from Biden accepting the VP nomination. And then…

Tomorrow’s Headline

“People around the world have always been more impressed by the power of our example than by the example of our power.” – Bill Clinton, 2008 Democratic National Convention

Unity Love Train At The DNC

In case you missed it, Hillary suspended the roll call to make Obama the nominee by acclamation: “Let’s declare together in one voice right here, right now that Barack Obama is our candidate and he will be our president,” said Clinton. Afterwards, everyone joined hands, singing and dancing to The O’Jays Love Train.

In my latest Science Progress column, contemplating declining funding levels for university-based scientific research, I ask where science stands in America today. The answer, not surprisingly, is complicated–but also worrisome. On the one hand, people really respect scientists. But on the other, the appreciation appears to be only skin deep–there isn’t the sort of engagement…

Time to Worry about Gustav

[Tropical Storm Gustav coming off Haiti and reorganizing.] It has been almost three full years since a major hurricane hit the United States. The last one was 2005’s Wilma. We aren’t really used to this any more. 2004 and 2005 are slipping deeper and deeper into our memories…but they shouldn’t. Now, unfortunately, the current Tropical…

originally published December 10, 2007 by Chris C. Mooney So, finally, Sheril and I can tell you what we’ve been working on. Let’s begin with some background: Nearly a month ago, I linked up with Matthew Chapman, the author, screenwriter, and great grandson of Charles Darwin. Chapman, I already knew, had a great idea that…

A new skyline for the greatest and greenest city in the world? Just imagine: It’s 2018 and you stare up at the Brooklyn Bridge’s gently revolving turbines. The taxis whir by, roasted nuts scent the crisp afternoon air, and you watch the giant windmill atop the Empire State Building turn round… The scene might not…

Best Of: Framing V: The Point!

originally published May 27, 2007 by Sheril R. Kirshenbaum Anticlimactic perhaps, but then you knew my last post on Framing wouldn’t provide closure on the topic. Hubris would be an understatement if I claimed to have a panacea of answers. Instead, what follows are a few musings to wrap up ideas from Thursday based on…

originally published May 23, 2007 by Sheril R. Kirshenbaum Imagine you’re a legislative staffer on Capitol Hill.. Short on time would be an understatement. In comes Joe scientist carrying charts and referencing stats and p-values. ‘Let’s talk Global Warming!‘ Again?! He’s the fourth PhD this afternoon. Kind of seems like old news. Today’s topic is…