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This past weekend I was in Durham, North Carolina (my old stomping grounds) attending the annual ScienceOnline Conference that focuses on science communication in the digital age. I am pleased to report that Anton and Bora have built on their previous successes to accomplish something rare for a conference: it was both relevant and refreshingly…

The Scientific Revolution is Open

Scientific innovation relies on open communication and always has. It has only been through the free exchange of information and ideas that scientific pioneers have expanded the boundaries of knowledge. Through books, pamphlets, letters, journals, and now blogs, scientists communicate their results and imagine new frontiers in the natural world. But even as we reach…

     Dolphins, such as this individual caught and     used by the US Navy, could be granted      personhood rights that protect them from     such abuse.             Image: United Press InternationalIn Douglas Adams’ series The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy it turned out that dolphins were super intelligent beings from another world who felt protective of the hairless ape creatures that…

The Shadow of Scientific Opinion

    Wall Street’s shadow in New York City As the education reformer and philosopher John Dewey once stated, “politics is the shadow cast on society by big business, the attenuation of the shadow will not change the substance.” Unlike other critics of scientific communication, it is my contention that as long as we only address the…

Happy Carl Sagan Day!

His birthday is actually on Monday, but today marks the first annual event initiated by Broward College in Florida. In honor of the event, here is Carl Sagan’s final interview prior to his death. Amazing isn’t it that the science vs. religion debate hasn’t changed much after 15 years. But it must be the atheists…