The Scientific Activist

Archives for January, 2007

Although the Bush Administration has already proven itself pretty effective at interfering with science and regulation through existing channels, yesterday’s New York Times reports that this wasn’t quite enough: President Bush has signed a directive that gives the White House much greater control over the rules and policy statements that the government develops to protect…

Some Money for the Blind?

Being able to see is so fundamental to the daily activities of the vast majority of us that we rarely give it a second thought. Take away that ability to see, though, and suddenly everyday tasks become a little trickier. Much of this difficulty can be overcome–to a degree at least–by a variety of means,…

Over at Pure Pedantry, Jake informs us that a documentary about Dr. Phillip Zimbardo’s infamous 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment has been uploaded onto YouTube in five parts. Jake’s post includes the five videos (about 50 minutes total) and some background on the experiment and Dr. Zimbardo, whom Jake was once a TA for back at…

Tangled Bank #71 at The Voltage Gate

The 71st edition of the science blog carnival Tangled Bank is up at The Voltage Gate. Go have a look around for a taste of recent science blogging from around the web. Remember, if you want to read some of the best science blogging from the past year, though, don’t forget to check out the…

Some of the more insidious factors enabling the constant and dangerous advance of global warming are a lack of public awareness or acceptance and the feeling that it’s not a problem relevant to my everyday life. One potentially effective way of tackling these particular issues, then, could be through art: specifically through large in-your-face, impossible-to-ignore,…

Bora Zivkovic of A Blog Around the Clock announced this morning that the first ever anthology of science blogging, The Open Laboratory: The Best Writing on Science Blogs 2006 is now available for purchase. At the website of the publisher, Lulu, you can either purchase a paperback copy or download the entire volume. Since it…

The U.S. Office of Research Integrity announced this week that it has found a former postdoc in Gerald Schatten’s lab, Park Jong Hyuk, guilty of research misconduct for falsifying images in a manuscript on deriving embryonic stem cells from cloned rhesus monkeys. Although the paper had not yet been submitted for peer review, this is…

Comments Now Working!

It was just brought to my attention today that the comments on my blog weren’t working. I had thought it was kind of strange that I hadn’t had a comment in almost two weeks, but, well, whatever. It had something to do with the Google search code that I had on the sidebar, so I’ve…

(…and to ScienceBlogs.com, which was coincidentally launched on the same day.) Today marks the one year anniversary of my first post on The Scientific Activist, back at the old scientificactivist.blogspot.com site. The first post, which laid out fairly accurately what this site would be about, can be read here. In fact, if you read down…

Oh boy, it just never stops with this administration and its contempt for science. Via Keith Cowing’s NASA Watch comes news of a, well, interesting new Bush Administration appointee at NASA: NASA Headquarters has a new political appointee in its employ: Patrick Rhode. He’ll be working on the 9th floor. For those of you who…