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Announcing Unscientific America

Yesterday, many among us were aghast to learn that yet another major news outlet is eliminating its science coverage. In this case it was CNN, which decided to nix its seven-person unit on science, the environment, and technology–including six producers and veteran space correspondent Miles O’Brien. It’s a growing trend around the country as science…

What Matters Most To You?

The National Academies is working to identify topics in science, engineering, and medicine that matter most to the public. They developed this 2-minute survey and we encourage Intersection readers to participate: What topics in science, engineering, and medicine matter most to you? The National Academies are interested in developing useful and engaging print and web-based…

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…

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.…

Science And The Next President

On the dawn of what some anticipate will be a new golden age for American science, we must remember the challenges ahead for President Obama. Times of change bring enormous possibilities, and in our latest post at Talking Science, we discuss opportunities in the next Administration: President Obama cannot save science alone. He needs an…

Red To Blue

by David Lowry From the battleground state of North Carolina, I am receiving text messages and phone calls urging me to vote about every half hour. Something special is brewing here, you can taste it in the damp air as the peak fall color of red and yellow leaves negates the need for sunshine. From…

Our New Blog At Talking Science

Today marks our inaugural post on our newest blog over at Talking Science; a very cool non-profit founded by NPR’s Ira Flatow and dedicated to creating media projects which make science ‘user friendly‘. We’ll be contributing to the biweekly ‘Intersection Edition‘ where we’ll blog about some of our favorite topics from climate change to storms…

Following our first talk at Beyond Belief 3, we participated in this discussion with Tony Haymet, director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Naomi Oreskes was also in our session, but unable to stay for the panel. Watch for interesting comments from Jonathan Haidt, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Sam Harris, Leon Lederman, and more:

McCain’s Reasons To Vote McCain

Earlier this month, we participated in Beyond Belief 3 at The Salk Institute hosted by The Science Network. It was a great chance to air some of the arguments that are developing for our new book–which, as Chad Orzel just mentioned, will be entitled Unscientific America. Here is the first of our sessions, where we…