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Back to School

So…how cool is this? I’m 31 years old. I graduated from college in 1999. Since then I’ve been a journalist–for ten years. But now, at this very minute, I’m finishing my first reading assignment for Princeton’s History 293, “Science in a Global Context,” taught by D. Graham Burnett. Today is the first day of classes.…

I know, the Bush administration is history. So, I’ve argued, is the “Republican war on science.” But if you never yet got a copy of the book of the same name, now’s the time–Amazon is selling the paperback, new, for $ 4.99. I don’t usually hawk my wares like this, but that’s damn cheap.

Colbert with RWOS

Thanks for Eric Roston for being tech savvy enough to capture this.

Colbert Retorts

My latest Science Progress column is up: It makes the case that Stephen Colbert is the heir to Johnny Carson in terms of talk show promotion of science. It also includes various lame and stupid talking points that I made up and didn’t use on the show, such as the following hypothetical Q&A responses: Didn’t…

Arrival in Princeton

So…I have a new home. Just two days ago now, I arrived in Princeton, New Jersey and occupied a new apartment here, along with the fiance and the puppy. Los Angeles was a blast, and it’s somewhere I think everyone ought to try to live–but I wanted to get back to the hoary old east…

In two days, my favorite co-blogger will be appearing on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report to discuss the ‘war on science‘ and how the Obama administration can fix it. With the nation abuzz over the stimulus package, melting ice shelves, and new cabinet appointments, it’s a timely subject, no? Chris has already shared some ideas…

Unscientific America Unveiled

As we’ve announced, our new book due out this Spring will be entitled Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future. We’re in the final stages of editing the manuscript and will be able to say more about its content very soon, but for now, we’re excited that we can finally show you the cover…

Because he’s too humble to blog it, I hope readers will join me in congratulating Chris for being honored tonight by American Meteorological Society, the nation’s leading professional society for those working in the atmospheric and related sciences. Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle Over Global Warming has won the 2009 Louis J. Battan…

In the latest issue of the American Prospect magazine, I’ve got a lengthy, essay-style review of two recent books on global warming: The Long Thaw: How Humans Are Changing The Next 100,000 Years of Earth’s Climate, by David Archer of RealClimate.org and the University of Chicago; and Forecast: The Consequences Of Climate Change, From The…

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…