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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. …

There were some great comments on our last post announcing the “Two Cultures” 50 year anniversary conference at the New York Academy of Sciences. I wanted to build on that discussion, but haven’t gotten around to it until now. So let’s address some of the more noteworthy points; meanwhile, I also suggest that anyone interested…

Last year we participated in Earth Hour, an international movement demonstrating that millions of people around the world are ready to do something about climate change. Join us again on Saturday March 28, 2009 at 8:30PM (your local time): This year, Earth Hour has been transformed into the world’s first global election, between Earth and…

The Evolution of Homer

Every now and then The Intersection likes to pay tribute to the family that has been kicking it in Springfield for the last 20 years. Today we present Evolution… Simpsons style:

The blogosphere is buzzing over the new middle school aged Dora The Explorer because of her recently released silhouette. Over at Packaging Girlhood, Lynn and Sharon suggest: If the original Dora grew up, she wouldn’t be a fashion icon or a shopaholic. She’d develop her map reading skills and imagine the places she could go.…

I’ve been fascinated by the Romanovs for decades hoping that perhaps, just perhaps… Anastasia had somehow escaped. Unfortunately, new research published in PLoS ONE finally provides grim evidence of what happened to the family’s youngest children in 1918: One of the greatest mysteries for most of the twentieth century was the fate of the Romanov…

The Guardian: Human pollution is turning the seas into acid so quickly that the coming decades will recreate conditions not seen on Earth since the time of the dinosaurs, scientists will warn today. Say what?! Look, ocean acidification is a VERY real threat to our planet. That said, the seas are not turning to acid!…

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…

Chris and I have been hard at work planning something big… Check back at 11 for details!