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Today, we move to our new home at Discover Blogs: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/intersection While we have immensely enjoyed being a part of Scienceblogs, we’ve decided together that it is time to move on. Our tremendous thanks go out to Seed for hosting The Intersection since 2006 where we’ve been honored to share the network with such an…

As any reader of this blog knows, I was for a while very critical of the Washington Post editorial page amid the George Will affair. Now, my view has changed. Today the Post publishes, replete with links to many scientific sources, my op-ed answering three claims Will made in his now infamous “Dark Green Doomsayers”…

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…

‘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’,”…

Last week we told you about the NYAS Two Cultures Conference coming up on May 9, 2009 in celebration of the 50 year anniversary of C.P. Snow’s famous Rede lecture. Politicians, academics, writers, and the media will converge to discuss science and society–including keynote addresses by E.O. Wilson, John Porter, and Dean Kamen. Today we’re…

Science on the Campaign Trail

A really great Issues in Science and Technology article by Sheril and our ScienceDebate2008 colleague (and CEO) Shawn Otto is now available online here. It is a look back at the unprecedented ScienceDebate initiative and the not inconsiderable impact it had on the campaign–despite numerous hurdles, including an uninterested media and candidates who were not…

Amid the big stem cell news, the second half of what the president did yesterday–in essence, order his science adviser to conduct a government-wide scientific housecleaning–has gotten less attention. But it’s remarkably important if we want to get over the science problems of the Bush years. In my latest Science Progress column, I explore the…

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…

In the looking glass world of some conservatives and contrarians, the Democratic war on science continues today….just see here for proof. Not only has our new president reversed Bush’s stem cell policy, and directed his science adviser–who really, really needs to be Senate confirmed–to “develop a strategy for restoring scientific integrity to government decision making”…