The Intersection

Archives for October, 2008

Smart = Sexy

Research highlighted recently in New Scientist suggests that for the fellas, ‘braininess boosts likelihood of sex‘: To many women, a smart man will appeal because he is likely to be clever enough to keep his family afloat. But he may also pass on “good” genes to his children, say Prokosch and his colleagues at the…

The Puget Seven

Orcas are one of my favorite species. Extremely intelligent and exhibiting many complex behaviors, they’re simply beautiful marine mammals. Seven orcas are now feared dead in Puget Sound. If true, it could be the biggest decline among the sound’s population in almost a decade. Possible causes: Low numbers of their main food–chinook salmon, pollution, and…

Large Hadron Rap

Check out this TalkingScience video Ira Flatow featured during his keynote at Innovation 2008 about CERN’s Large Hadron Collider:

What We Call The News

A highlight of Innovation 2008 was the keynote address by Ira Flatow, the host and Executive Producer of Talk of the Nation: Science Friday on NPR. His weekly show features interesting and lively discussions on science, technology, health, space, and the environment and he also founded TalkingScience, a non-profit dedicated to creating media projects which…

The Science Crunch

My latest Science Progress column is a piece of reporting from the Innovation 2008 conference, and contemplates what will happen to science budgets in a coming era of unprecedented federal budget deficits. The answer: No one knows for sure, but it can’t be good. You can read the column here.

Makeovers are popular. They’re featured in magazine spreads and reality tv shows everywhere. Not a new trend either… even Hans Christian Andersen was writing about them in 1843. We like watching transformations. That aside, when the Republican National Committee drops over $150,000 on clothes and accessories for a VP candidate and her family in two…

Baracktober

[via a crafty staffer on the Hill]

When Science And Politics Collide

About a year ago, we had an idea to make science more prominent on the campaign trail this election cycle: ScienceDebate2008 was born. It wasn’t long before a lot of folks took notice and the initiative grew rapidly. Eventually, the presidential candidates weighed in. This week, ScienceDebate2008 co-hosted Innovation 2008 with the Center for Science,…

We’re here at the University of Minnesota for Innovation 2008: This conference, held on the Twin Cities campus of the University of Minnesota, will bring together academicians, policy makers, business leaders, scientists, educators, artists, students and the public to discuss solutions to the major challenges facing the United States revolving around science and technology policy,…

Just in case you missed it Friday, the front page of The New York Times featured science, technology, and politics: For decades, the United States dominated the technological revolution sweeping the globe. The nation’s science and engineering skills produced vast gains in productivity and wealth, powered its military and made it the de facto world…