The Intersection

Archives for November, 2008

Attack of the Nerds from Outer Space

My latest Science Progress column, about a recent, cutting edge attempt to bring science and Hollywood together, is now up. It’s entitled, “Attack of the Nerds from Outer Space,” which should be more than enough of a teaser. You can read it here.

Who Stays? Who Goes?

Read my full article at DeSmogBlog…

One Last Thing

So I’ve spent the past many days moving across town. Not a terribly far jump, just enough to change my zip code by one digit. The transition has caused me to sift through a seemingly endless pile of loot collected at conferences and events… many of which, bestowed unto me in the name of conservation.…

Hawaii has seen another invasion of the dangerous box jellyfish and we’ve got the details at Talking Science. Most importantly, remember everything’s connected: oceans, land, and atmosphere. We’re a single component of the vast array of biodiversity on the planet and what alters one species impacts the rest of system. In other words, there’s a…

What’s Your Civic Literacy?

John Lynch over at Stranger Fruit recommended this quiz by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute featuring 33 questions designed to measure knowledge of America’s founding principles, political history, international relations, and market economy. According to ISI, 71% of Americans fail and the average score is 49%. I got 85% (28 out of 33). See how you…

Revving the Climate Policy Engine

Over at DeSmogBlog, I take a look at the events of this week and how they point to strong and dramatic action on global warming and energy early next year. In particular, it now appears that Barack Obama, Barbara Boxer, and Henry Waxman will be our triumvirate of policymakers who finally cap greenhouse gas emissions.…

My latest Science Progress column attempts to imagine what Barack Obama would do if he had been elected “president of science.” My answer: He would try to close the gaps between scientists and the public, and try to defuse the divisive culture war over science and religion. You can read the full column here.

The Struggle To Be Heard

The past week has seen a mild ripple across the science blogosphere over women in science. I’ve refrained from participating this round while Chris and I are hard at work completing our manuscript. But today while I’m presently somewhere miles up between coasts, I’ve scheduled this entry to point readers over to a great response…

This morning I’m off to meet Chris in LA for the launch of the National Academy of Sciences Science and Entertainment Exchange. The Exchange will connect producers, directors, writers and others in need of scientific information for their productions with science, medical and engineering experts. Spanning the range of science topics, The Exchange can find…