The Intersection

Chris C. Mooney

Amid the big stem cell news, the second half of what the president did yesterday–in essence, order his science adviser to conduct a government-wide scientific housecleaning–has gotten less attention. But it’s remarkably important if we want to get over the science problems of the Bush years. In my latest Science Progress column, I explore the…

Over a year ago, we had an idea: We were doing a book that discusses the work of the British physicist-novelist C.P. Snow, and the 50 year anniversary of his world famous “two cultures” argument was coming up–May 7, 2009. Precisely 50 years earlier, Snow had delivered a lecture at Cambridge University lamenting the gap…

In the looking glass world of some conservatives and contrarians, the Democratic war on science continues today….just see here for proof. Not only has our new president reversed Bush’s stem cell policy, and directed his science adviser–who really, really needs to be Senate confirmed–to “develop a strategy for restoring scientific integrity to government decision making”…

So, I have to say I find this funny. On the one hand we have the current, perverse attempt to forecast all the ways in which Democrats and scientists are going to fall into big conflicts soon, now that the Dems have so much power. The idea here is to construct a false equivalence between…

Dr. Gupta, Give Me the News

I’ve got a piece up on the website of The Nation about why we should be glad Sanjay Gupta won’t be the Surgeon General. Basically, there are aspects of his medical coverage that I don’t think are very consistent with what we want in the nation’s doctor. A brief excerpt: And then there was the…

A lot of people right now are striving desperately to establish this notion. Neil Munro’s big story in the latest National Journal (here, subscription) is the latest example. In essence, it postulates a bunch of new rifts that are going to open between scientists and Democrats now that the latter are in power. I’m quoted…

That’s the word on the street. The poor guy would have had to take a massive pay cut. Hmm…do folks think this is a good or a bad thing?

I realize I am a little bit late to this party. But recently (here, there, and everywhere) all of ScienceBlogs was abuzz about Sen. Tom Harkin’s complaint that various complementary and alternative remedies are not being validated by the NIH office supposedly designed to do so–namely, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM).…

Eruptions of Know-Nothingism

My latest Science Progress column sets Bobby Jindal’s latest comments mocking volcano monitoring in the context of longstanding attacks on individual scientific grants–which goes all the way back to Senator William Proxmire’s “Golden Fleece” awards, if not further. While this tradition is to some extent bipartisan, it has certainly been more honored of late by…

Mike Dunford has the details, based on Congressional Quarterly‘s reporting. There are apparently multiple senators blocking two of Obama’s key science appointees from taking their posts. This is outrageous–a totally new kind of “war on science”–and we need a full court press. Details here.