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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…

My latest Science Progress column contemplates this question, in the wake of a spot of news that doesn’t seem to have caused any uproar (yet)–namely, that DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, is apparently holding an event to discuss the prospect of geoengineering the climate. As I write in the column: This is newsworthy…

The Evolution of Beauty

A couple weeks back, I composed a post entitled ‘Science Reveals How To Lose Weight And Keep It Off‘. The results weren’t surprising… research out of Harvard found that calories are the most significant part of the equation. However, what really resonated with a number of readers turned out to be a different topic related…

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…

Dora Revealed

Here she is… You’ve read about the controversy and now it’s time to weigh in. According to Reuters, Dora will continue solving mysteries related to the environment, wildlife, and school while maintaining her sense of adventure. As I wrote last week, I hope the middle school aged explorer remains curious, clever, self confident, and kind.…

Yesterday, we considered the meaning of scientific literacy in America… or lack thereof. So let’s take this discussion one step further as it’s a particularly interesting topic. According to the National Academies: Scientific literacy is the knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts and processes required for personal decision making, participation in civic and cultural affairs,…

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. …

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…