The Intersection

Archives for September, 2008

My latest Science Progress column just went up: It’s about the controversies surrounding CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, which many people crazily think is going to open up black holes, turn us all into strangelet particles, etc. There’s no basis for it–but, there was a good deal of basis for scientists to expect this kind of…

Troubling Web Ads

Sure, it’s only an advertisement, but when ‘bounty hunter‘ makes the list before ‘research scientist‘ (except with regard to forensics, likely due to cable tv), it seems to me science can use a bit of a PR boost, no? Then there’s also this annoying animated ad rotating in play on our right sidebar. Folks, we…

Mass Migration of Golden Rays

in the Gulf Of Mexico…

The Motion Of The Ocean

Over at NexGen, this week’s question asks about the likelihood of embracing tidal power: a form of hydropower that converts the energy of tides into electricity. Basically, we’re talking wind turbines located where there’s strong tidal flow. Sounds clean, and heck, I sure do like the ocean… but uh, I just don’t see this becoming…

Sb In PLoS Biology

Science blogging. A couple years ago, I could never have imagined I’d try it, let alone share a site here at Sb. It’s definitely changed the trajectory of my interests and pursuits, and it’s an evolving medium that’s proven extremely influential in some circles. John Wilkins recently had a paper in Trends in Ecology and…

We Want Your Vote

From the New York Times to the LA Times, Obama’s and McCain’s answers to the 14 top science questions are getting great coverage, but the biggest question remains: Who’s better for U.S. science? Now’s your chance to weigh in on their answers and tell the world what you think… Log on to www.sciencedebate2008.com/vote to give…

The Science Of Autumn Colors

Three types of pigments are involved in leaf color. – Chlorophyll is responsible for the green we see most of the year. It’s necessary for photosynthesis which harnesses sunlight to make the sugars that plants need to grow. – Anthocyanins result in magnificent reds and are produced in the fall as a response to bright…

ScienceBlogs At The Zoo

More pics with readers, bloggers, and zoo critters from Bora and ScienceWoman… We had so much fun that I seem to have forgotten to step into photos. * UPDATE: More pics here, here (where I actually make a cameo), and here.

NC SciBling Saturday At The Zoo

Don’t forget to join Bora, Abel PharmBoy, Greta and Dave, James Hrynyshyn, ScienceWoman, Kevin Zelnio, SciCurious, Russ Williams and I at Scienceblogs one millionth comment party at the North Carolina Zoo! Meet us tomorrow at the North America entrance at 1 p.m.

Happy Birthday Chris

Chris and I have been working on so many projects lately from our book to ScienceDebate2008 to several more we haven’t yet mentioned here. Well, tomorrow is his 31st birthday and all I can say is, Chris, you’re an inspiration. As we embarked on our newest endeavor earlier this week in the nation’s capitol, I…