The Scientific Activist

Archives for August, 2006

For such a small planet (or non-planet now), Pluto sure has been making waves the last couple of weeks. I haven’t really weighed in and instead deferred to the experts. I’m not going to really say much now either, but, hell, I’ll admit it. I’m going to miss Pluto. A lot. Losing Pluto shakes the…

…but I needed an excuse to congratulate The Scientific Activist for it’s 100th post since the move to ScienceBlogs.com. So, happy one-hundreth-post-iversary (huh?) to me! It’s a sign of just how much more prolific I’ve been on the new site that what took over four months on the original site only took about two and…

I don’t have my copy yet of the latest edition of Chris Mooney’s The Republican War on Science, but I’ve been told that it’s on its way. And, believe me, I’ll bump it up to the top of my reading list when I get it, so you can expect a review sometime soon. I’m embarrassed…

…since Bush announced his restrictions on embryonic stem cell research, according to SexDrugsandDNA.com. Well, not exactly, but close enough. I think it’s actually been five years and seventeen days, but who’s counting? … Ummm… anyways…. From the site that brought us the Bill Frist Stem Cell Clock, now comes (you guessed it) the George Bush…

…Or at least that’s the impression that college freshmen with US Department of Education Smart Grants are getting, the The Chronicle of Higher Education reported Tuesday: Like a gap in the fossil record, evolutionary biology is missing from a list of majors that the U.S. Department of Education has deemed eligible for a new federal…

Shelley of Retrospectacle asks fellow ScienceBloggers: “Are you for or against the death penalty, or (if its conditional), in what cases? Furthermore, do you believe that societies that sanction war are hypocritical for opposing the death penalty?” I’m against the death penalty, and I would agree that if a society uses war as a tool…

I would be remiss if I didn’t address the latest stem cell news, since it’s already all over the place. An article from today’s issue of published in advance online yesterday by Nature describes a technique for deriving a line of human embryonic stem cells by removing a single cell from the eight-cell blastula (created…

Over at Retrospectacle, Shelley reports on a Forbes article detailing the impressive degree to which various billionaires are picking up the slack left in the wake of restrictive Bush Administration regulations on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. From the original article: Since the ban, federal funding of embryonic stem-cell work has risen to…

On the Front Lines with BT

Lines were drawn in the sand, artillery stood armed and ready, and tensions ran high. Neither side was willing to budge, and despite the seemingly endless conflict having already tested the resolve of both sides, it looked like things were only just beginning to get rough. The whole scenario was regrettable–war always is–but it felt…

Gear for the Scientific Activist

If you love science and don’t know how to show it, there are a few sites out there that’ll be more than willing to help you out. Here are a couple of examples: At Support Our Scientists, you can buy a magnetic ribbon to show your support wherever you drive. It looks a bit like…