The Intersection

Sheril R. Kirshenbaum

According to CNN, former Governor Gary Locke (D-WA) is likely to be nominated by President Obama as our next Secretary of Commerce. Given NOAA accounts for up to 65% of the Commerce Department budget, you bet I’m eager to learn more. Among many duties, the incoming Secretary of Commerce faces enormous ocean related challenges so…

Who’s Watching LOST?

In lieu of blasting the Washington Post again over their recent faux pas, I’m interested in finding out whether you’re as intrigued as I am lately over LOST… During my recovery, I’ve been catching up on past episodes and this season includes a lot of ‘science‘ in the script as the island jumps through time…

George Will vs. Nadya Suleman

Having recently emerged from the hospital, I’m catching up on the news I’ve missed–beginning with the Washington Post nonsense Chris has covered here. Apparently reporter George Will is about as informed on climate change as octuplet mom Nadya Suleman is on the fiscal responsibilities of raising children. There’s not much I’ll add that hasn’t already…

Listen to NPR’s News & Notes today for our friend Al Teich–the Director of Science and Policy Programs at the American Association for the Advancement of Science–will discuss science under the Obama Administration, the stimulus package, and more. Find your local station or listen to the podcast here.

Chimpanzees Are NOT Pets!

You’ve likely already seen this story all over the news: Chimp’s owner calls vicious mauling ‘freak thing’ STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — The owner of a 200-pound chimpanzee that viciously mauled a Stamford woman calls the incident “a freak thing,” but says her pet was not a “horrible” animal. Sandra Herold told NBC’s “Today Show” in…

Race, Gender, And Intelligence

Over at Genetic Future, Daniel is asking whether scientists should study race and IQ. The topic is taken on in the most recent issue of Nature here and here and it’s a conversation that resurfaces now and then among various colleagues in genetics: If there might be associations between gender or race and intelligence, should…

All The President Men

Yesterday, C-SPAN released the Historians Survey of Presidential Leadership. Below are the results based on ten attributes of leadership. [Click here to compare this list with scores from 2000]. I’m interested to find out whether readers agree with these rankings, and if not, who would you move and why? 1. Abraham Lincoln 2. George Washington…

All the tropics folks have a habit of going on and on about species diversity, but it turns out the poles aren’t as desolate as many expected. The Census of Marine Life has just released a report documenting about 7,500 species in the Antarctic and 5,500 in the Arctic including several hundred critters possibly new…

Happy Valentine’s Day

Thanks so much to everyone for thoughtful emails and comments. I’m back home and reading them has definitely been helping with recovery Chris and I also want to wish our readers a very happy Valentine’s Day…

Follow up reposted from ScienceDebate: Several people have emailed asking about the cuts to the proposed increases to DOE/Office of Science, and what about NIH, USGS and other agencies we didn’t mention.  Some clarifications are in order. 1. These are NOT agencies’ existing budgets – this is about new money in addition to existing funding…