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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”…

Ed Brayton, who I admire greatly, has a post that runs afoul of my “death of science journalism” sensitivity meter. You see, Ed came across a National Geographic story that says something dumb about “carbon dating.” Ed is surely right on the point of substance, and National Geographic should not have made the error. I…

Upcoming Events: VA, FL, OK, PA

It’s been a while since I had a good string of talks lined up–it’s harder, I think, to do a lot of them from the West Coast. But now I’m back east and about to embark for the first two of these four upcoming appearances; so mark them down if you’re in the area. And…

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…

I don’t know how I missed this earlier in the week. But you really know science journalism is in danger when the Boston Globe, at the center of all things biotech, decides it can’t have a science/medicine section any longer. But maybe at least Larry Moran will be rejoicing. Think about it this way: Science…

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…

My post last week about the death knell of science journalism prompted some incredible responses. Here’s Larry Moran, putting it more bluntly than I expected, and enunciating an opinion we’d better hope does not prevail: Seriously, most of what passes for science journalism is so bad we will be better of without it. Maybe the…

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…

Colbert with RWOS

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