The Intersection

Archives for February, 2009

Mark your calendars for the launch of ASU’s new Origins Initiative on April 6, 2009. Tickets go on sale next week and the event will be broadcast live online. It looks like a terrific line up including Stephen Hawking, Steven Pinker, Brian Greene, and new Director, (and Science Debate co-founder) Lawrence Krauss. The Origins Symposium…

In the wake of the latest developments in the George Will scandal, I sent him this: Dear Mr. Hiatt, [Introductory Comments]…I believe what I’ve called the “Republican War on Science” continues, and the George Will saga represents a stunning example. In my opinion, the Post editorial/oped page makes a terrible mistake by not correcting his…

George Will wrote another deceptive global warming column. It’s full of utter nonsense, retracts nothing, and pathetically tries to defend his previous errors: The column contained many factual assertions but only one has been challenged. The challenge is mistaken. This I can only call a lie. A blatant one. Many of the column’s incorrect factual…

It pains me to blog this. I think Andrew Revkin is one of our best science journalists, and I don’t criticize him easily. That might also explain why my taking a stand here is a bit tardy. Nevertheless, I, like many others, think Revkin really blew it with this article, which begins with the following…

This is big stuff–and thank goodness the Washington Post still handles global warming well in the news pages, if not on the editorial/op-ed page. The Obama administration has made an ingenious move: Its soon to be revealed budget relies, for revenue, upon the idea that Congress will pass cap and trade legislation, and this will…

Well, it was a long time coming.  Between the myriad of diet plans on television, magazines, online, and everywhere, someone was bound to finally come up with conclusive evidence on what works and how to make sense of all the (excuse the term) dietary diarrhea. No doubt, you’ve also noticed that low-fat, high fiber, extra…

Research just published in Nature links Alzheimer’s disease and prion diseases. The prion protein is the receptor for amyloid-beta, the peptide that makes up Alzheimer’s plaques. It’s not my area, but Ed’s explanation is fascinating. This could be big, so go read the details at Not Exactly Rocket Science: Alzheimer’s disease is the most common…

The Coming Cap and Trade Debate

Obama really laid it down last night, no? He clearly said that even with the economy crushed, he wants a cap and trade bill to cut greenhouse gases this year. I know it’s a campaign promise and all, but I seriously wouldn’t have been surprised to see some de-emphasizing of this priority in light of…

Stopping By The Reef Tank

Readers at The Reef Tank were interested to learn more about marine science, so I was happy for the opportunity to chat with Ava earlier this week.  As I explained during our conversation, aquariums need not be detrimental to biodiversity when managed responsibly.  I suspect most people enjoy the hobby because they are also fascinated…

My Science Progress column is now up: I try to set the George Will scandal in the broader context of what’s happening in the media: We often hear that “technology” is what’s killing newspapers–innovations like Craig’s List have destroyed the in-print classified advertising market; people have stopped reading physical papers and turned to online headlines…