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Archives for January, 2009

In this week’s episode of Science Saturday, John Horgan chats with philosopher Denis Dutton about his book, “The Art Instinct,” which argues that our artistic values are due, in significant part, to biological adaptations dating back to the Pleistocene. Next, John and Denis discuss sex and creativity, why there is no art of smell, and…

The Buzz: Was Darwin “Wrong?”

ScienceBloggers are up in arms about the cover article of New Scientist which boldly proclaims “Darwin was Wrong.” The article, authored by Graham Lawton, explains that occurrences such as horizontal gene transfer and hybridization transform the shape of Darwin’s famous tree into something more like a thicket with criss-crossing branches. But some argue that new…

The potential for various geo-engineering proposals to offset the effects of climate change is often not factored in to near- and long-term climate scenarios. In a study conducted by NOAA, released this week, the authors predicted “irreversible changes,” but noted, “we do not consider geo-engineering measures that might be able to remove gases already in…

A notorious bacterial foe has made its first documented appearance in the U.S. and is jumping species around the farm scene. First, MSRA—methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus— was found in chickens. Just recently, research conducted by ScienceBlogger Tara Smith from Aetiology found that ST398, a strain found in pigs, was also found in many of the…

Chris Mooney on the Colbert Report

ScienceBlogger Chris Mooney appeared on The Colbert report yesterday to discuss the Bush Administration’s ‘war on science.’ According to Chris, the scientists won the war on science when President Obama was elected.

ScienceBlogs Gets a Makeover

If you happen to have been to the ScienceBlogs homepage recently, you will have noticed that Sb has a new look! Yes, in the spirit of the times, we decided a little change would do us good. From an editorial standpoint, we’re pretty excited about the flexibility this new design gives us- those modules for…

Last Thursday, I entered The Research Triangle for the ScienceOnline09 conference. It was a place of both shadow and substance, both things and ideas. It was a place where the cryptic elements of the blogosphere manifested in three dimensions; personalities known only through pixelated text subject to the imagination took on faces and voices that…

Monday, January 26, ScienceBlogger Chris Mooney will be a guest on The Colbert Report, hosted by the one and only Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central. Mooney and Colbert will discuss Bush’s “war on science” and how the Obama administration can change the scientific climate in America. Mooney is a contributor to The Intersection where he…

In his inaugural address January 20, President Obama made a promise to America to “restore science to its rightful place.” At Seed Media Group, we are firmly committed to President Obama’s vision and will work to make it a reality. To this end, we have launched a new initiative we’re calling The Rightful Place Project,…

Recently, ScienceBlogger Jonah Lehrer pondered if the Bush Administration’s stifling of climatology data did more than influence the scientific process—if it effected American psychology as well. But with a new administration comes a chance for free scientific expression, and as President Obama was being inaugurated, a study was released that asserts louder than ever that…