The Intersection

Sheril R. Kirshenbaum

Our Blogger Panel At Duke

As promised, photos* from last Friday with ‘the Bloggerati‘. Here I’m in terrific company with Misha, Bora, and Abel over lunch in Durham: Bora and I chat with students about why we blog: * Special thanks to Abel for sharing the images!  For a terrific detailed description of the day, visit Terra Sigillata…

Several readers have emailed me to comment on Michael Steele’s ummmm…imaginative explanations of both global ‘cooling‘ and Greenland: “We are cooling. We are not warming. The warming you see out there, the supposed warming, and I am using my finger quotation marks here, is part of the cooling process. Greenland, which is now covered in…

Today Bora, Abel, and I visited Duke’s Sanford Institute on Public Policy for the second year in a row to discuss the coverage of science, health, and policy. We chatted with a group of undergraduates about the evolution of science blogs, the emergence of blogging networks, the role of science blogs vs the MSM, and…

‘Instead of monitoring volcanoes, what Congress should be monitoring is the eruption of spending in Washington.’ – Governor Bobby Jindal, February 24, 2009 If this video is any indication, both eruptions have the potential to do a lot of damage and it seems to me they’re not mutually exclusive. So let’s keep an eye on…

Go Tell Bobby Jindal…

..about the undersea volcano that’s been erupting over the last four days in the South Pacific! What you see is smoke, steam, and ash shooting up thousands of feet near Tonga. And while this activity poses little threat to islanders right now, the image reminds me why I’m in favor of “something called ‘volcano monitoring’,”…

The Evolution of Beauty

A couple weeks back, I composed a post entitled ‘Science Reveals How To Lose Weight And Keep It Off‘. The results weren’t surprising… research out of Harvard found that calories are the most significant part of the equation. However, what really resonated with a number of readers turned out to be a different topic related…

Dora Revealed

Here she is… You’ve read about the controversy and now it’s time to weigh in. According to Reuters, Dora will continue solving mysteries related to the environment, wildlife, and school while maintaining her sense of adventure. As I wrote last week, I hope the middle school aged explorer remains curious, clever, self confident, and kind.…

Yesterday, we considered the meaning of scientific literacy in America… or lack thereof. So let’s take this discussion one step further as it’s a particularly interesting topic. According to the National Academies: Scientific literacy is the knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts and processes required for personal decision making, participation in civic and cultural affairs,…

Curiously Laura Ingraham is supposed to be someone who ‘stands up for conservative women‘. Yet when Meghan McCain criticized Ann Coulter, the best Ingraham could do was to make fun of the 24-year-old’s body, joking that she didn’t get a ‘role in the Real World‘ because ‘they don’t like plus-sized models.’ Memo to Ingraham:  This…

In our forthcoming book, Unscientific America, Chris and I mention those national surveys where regularly, a large percentage of U.S. citizens fail to correctly answer basic science questions that they supposedly learned in school.  Last Friday, the latest results were released from the most recent quiz by the California Academy of Sciences and Harris Interactive. …