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Boo on you, CNN

CNN is shutting down their science-and-technology unit. Not that it was much of a unit considering there was only one reporter: CNN has decided to shutter its science and technology unit — a move that will result in the loss of seven jobs including veteran space correspondent Miles O’Brien. The other six jobs are producers,…

I don’t know if you have seen these, but Florida Orange Juice started a new ad campaign featuring commercials with the voice of Tom Selleck. (Magnum PI does like his orange juice.) Anyway, the commercials show a beaker into which is being poured OJ. Tom Selleck then proceeds to say: “Food scientists have spent years…

I took the Jeopardy contestant search exam online last night on a whim, and quite frankly it kicked my ass. Did anyone else take it?

The ignorance! It burns!

The absence of historical education in this country hurts me here. (points to heart) Exhibit A: The View (see below fold)

So I don’t know if other people were into this show, but since college I have been a big fan of Mystery Science Theater 3000. It was a show on Comedy Central and then on SciFi that made fun of old bad movies. The show itself was hysterical. Anyway, I was watching one of the…

Boooo, I say! FOX and CBS have rejected a commercial for Trojan condoms on the grounds that they believed the ads stressed pregnancy prevention over disease prevention. From the NYTimes coverage: Fox and CBS both rejected the commercial. Both had accepted Trojan’s previous campaign, which urged condom use because of the possibility that a partner…

Reason magazine has a great interview with Jackson Publick, the co-creator of one of my favorite shows The Venture Brothers. For those of you who haven’t seen it, it is sort of a parody of all the cartoons from the 60s like Jonny Quest where supergenius kids fought crime and had archnemeses. (The word “archnemesis”…

Bill Bailey is my hero

I was just in London, and a friend of mine clued me into this British comic named Bill Bailey. Priceless. Anyway, this is not even vaguely science-related, but there is a clip below the fold that is too funny.

Stephen Colbert on the Dude Uterus

On The Colbert Report last night, Stephen Colbert talked about an article about uterine transplants for The Word. Scientists now claim that there is nothing technically to prevent us from performing a womb transplant, even to the point that you could put a uterus in a man: Scientists claim that the first human baby could…

Ask a ScienceBlogger inquires: What’s the best science TV show of all time?… I think that is pretty obvious. The answer is obviously my favorite science show from when I was a kid: 3-2-1 Contact Not only did it have the best do-it-yourself science for young people, but it had a great 80s science montage…