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Science Debate has done a great analysis of the science funding that has emerged from the House-Senate reconciliation process on the stimulus bill. For the most part, science funding was restored through the reconciliation process: $ 3 billion for NSF; $ 2 billion for DOE Science; $ 5.4 million for DOE research on efficiency and…

Over at Science Progress, I’ve been involved in putting together not one but two items timed for Darwin Day. The first is an op-ed coauthored with my prof here at Princeton, D. Graham Burnett, who teaches Darwin. We argue for historical nuance, which leads one to reject the idea that Darwin should be considered an…

A Note From Sheril

I’m posting this on Sheril’s behalf, as she is in the hospital right now: Dear readers and friends in and out of the blogosphere, I am extremely appreciative for so many emails during the past week. Thanks for offering your guestrooms, travel recommendations, and road trip advice. Thank you for invitations to speak at universities…

We’re pleased to repost the latest email from ScienceDebate: Dear Friend, Last Friday you and others in the science community took action and helped to restore $3.1 billion in cuts to science that had been planned in the Senate compromise version of the stimulus bill. That was a good victory for U.S. Science, but it…

The Colbert Report Clip

You can watch it here. Tons of funny stuff in Colbert’s segment on science, which starts roughly at 6:15 and runs to roughly 10:45. I was on for about three minutes, and was instructed: “No monkey business. No evolution.” Of course, even though Colbert plays a rightwinger who thinks with his gut rather than his…

“For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus — and nonbelievers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation,…

The Stimulus Package

In case you missed today’s speech at George Mason, President-elect Barack Obama wants to double the production of alternative energy within three years and make over 75 percent of federal buildings and 2 million homes more energy-efficient. It’s a move that will create jobs immediately and save money for homeowners and businesses down the line.…

Yesterday, President George W. Bush set aside 195,000 square miles of Pacific ocean habitat under executive authority granted by the Antiquities Act. He created three new national monuments which ban seafloor mining, most commercial fishing, and limit recreational and indigenous harvest. The new areas include the waters surrounding Howland, Baker, Jarvis and Wake islands; Rose,…

C.I.A. Director Panetta

Ocean champion Leon E. Panetta will take over the Central Intelligence Agency. In disclosing the pick, officials pointed to Mr. Panetta’s sharp managerial skills, his strong bipartisan standing on Capitol Hill, his significant foreign policy experience in the White House and his service on the Iraq Study Group, the bipartisan panel that examined the war…

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates National Security Adviser Gen. James L. Jones Secretary of Homeland Security Gov. Janet Napolitano Ambassador to the United Nations Susan E. Rice Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. Welcome the ‘new dawn of American leadership‘. So folks, what do you think?