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Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), or “energy saving light bulbs”, are much more energy efficient than conventional light bulbs, and they have a significantly longer lifetime. On top of that, replacing your conventional bulbs with CFLs won’t just save energy, but will also save you money. Most importantly, this is one small action that we can…

An article in today’s New York Times profiles the trials and tribulations of young twenty-somethings who lack health insurance. For some it’s out of hubris, but for most it’s because they fall through the cracks–paid enough that they don’t qualify for public health care but still lacking the means to afford health insurance of their…

Evolution is an established scientific idea, the unifying theme of biology, and an important field of study. “Darwinism”, on the other hand, is a term used misleadingly by creationists to attack ideas they can’t counter on fact alone and misguidedly by journalists unwittingly assisting this process. With that in mind, the recent essay by Carl…

For those of my readers in the UK (or anywhere else where you have access to Sky News), I’ll be appearing live on Sky News at about 10:30 11:30 BST this Friday to talk about Barack Obama’s visit to the UK and his support among Americans living abroad. I’m not sure if the video will…

When I published my review of Sizzle yesterday, I felt like adding a reluctant-parent-disciplinarian-esque “this is going to hurt me more than it hurts you” qualifier. Although I felt that Randy Olson’s heart was in the right place, I just didn’t have many positive things to say about his new movie, and I wasn’t too…

A Shout-Out From CJR

Just a bit of self-promotion here, but on Friday I got a nice mention by Curtis Brainard in the Columbia Journalism Review blog The Kicker: Yesterday, The Scientific Activist blog (part of the ScienceBlogs.com community) carried a keen-eyed piece of media criticism, turning the rating scheme of The Washington Post’s “Fact Checker” blog back on…

A report by the NASA inspector general released earlier this week acknowledged that political appointees in the NASA press office censored climate scientists from 2004 to 2006. That would have been interesting news… about two years ago. Yawn. What caught my eye, though, were these claims in an article by The Washington Post’s Juliet Eilperin:…

Just Like Old Times….

For one reason or another when I was a student at Texas A&M University, I seemed to find myself in the student paper, The Battalion, fairly frequently–whether I was writing a letter to the editor, being quoted in a story, or reporting science news (as I did during my last semester there). It’s been a…

From today’s (well, technically, tomorrow’s) New Zealand Herald: Creature from hell promises salvation by Errol Kiong Scientists have discovered a methane-eating bacterium at Hell’s Gate in Rotorua which may offer hope for global warming. Researchers at GNS Science hope their discovery of the bacterium could one day be used to cut down methane gas emissions…

That could easily have been the shared title of a pair of articles in today’s New York Times discussing the science and political implications of two very significant stem cell papers published online yesterday. The biggest offender was Sheryl Stolberg: It has been more than six years since President Bush, in the first major televised…