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Archives for November, 2008

ILL Baby ILL

Our latest post at Talking Science was motivated by Bush’s announcement last Wednesday of plans to sell the rights to oil and gas off Virginia’s coast. Our perspective should not surprise regular readers, and the principal message is that we need to stay vigilant about protecting our environment as the outgoing administration seeks to enact…

The Science Review

While at The Salk last month for Beyond Belief 3, I also taped this episode of The Science Review for The Science Network with Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Nita Farahany, Lawrence Krauss, and Roger Bingham. It’s a discussion on neurolaw, neuropolitics, and science in government. (Lawrence and I get involved in the conversation about 30 minutes in):

by Philip H. Now that the Election is over, there is the serious business of communicating and framing science to get back to. We learned a few things this year – science issues aren’t yet ready for primetime debates, but if you ask cogent questions, and keep the number relatively small, you can get answers.…

Eye of Sauron

The first visible-light snapshot of a planet circling another star thanks to NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope: Planet Fomalhaut b orbits the star Fomalhaut, 25 light-years away in the constellation Piscis Australis. I cannot help but be reminded of Tolkien: ‘The Eye was rimmed with fire, but was itself glazed, yellow as a cat’s, watchful and…

I’ve joined Chris at DeSmogBlog where I will soon be posting under my own name. The first contribution deals with President Obama and climate policy. Here is an excerpt: Let’s be realistic: Past climate bills have failed mainly due to predictable attacks claiming they would damage the economy. This has been in the Republican playbook…

Created by Samantha Teich:

The Onion Or CNN?

Gov. Sarah Palin said Wednesday that she would be honored to help President-elect Barack Obama in his new administration, even if he did hang around with an “unrepentant domestic terrorist.” And the source is…

Biofortified

Karl from Innoculated Mind is part of what looks to be an excellent new site called Biofortified. It’s a group blog on plant gentics–especially genetic engineering–written by grad students, professors, and the occasional guest expert. Check out today’s post on the debate over genetically engineered foods where you can weigh in on ‘what scares you‘…

Sixty-One

Ecology professor Nalini Nadkarni at Evergreen State College recently estimated that we presently have ‘61 trees per person.’ Our latest post at Talking Science explores what that calculation means.

The Crichton Effect

My latest Science Progress column is on a topic that we’ve already discussed a bit here over the past week–the meaning of Michael Crichton’s work. You can read it here. It starts like this: Anyone who ever met the late Michael Crichton–who died of cancer in Los Angeles last week at the age of 66–was…