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Archives for March, 2009

Geologists have been keeping a close watch on the volcanic activity brewing at Mount Redoubt, the 9,000 foot (2,700 m) volcano found in Alaska’s Aleutian Range. In response to the eruption at Redoubt on Thursday morning that released a 65,000 foot (20,000 m) ash column, the Alaska Volcano Observatory raised its Volcano Alert level to…

Over the past three days, the Texas State Board of Education has heard over 50 testimonies debating a proposed amendment to reinstate the requirement of teaching the “strengths and weaknesses” of the theory of evolution in the statewide science curriculum. The proposed regulation, which has provided creationism a place in the classroom in the past,…

A new paper published in Genome Research provides the most comprehensive scan to date of the genetic signatures of natural selection resulting from the last 10-40,000 years of human evolution, with some intriguing results. The results show strikingly different patterns of selection in distantly related human populations, suggesting that different human groups have adapted to…

If climatologists saved the world and nobody experienced the alternative, would it make an impact? New research conducted at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center suggests that it should. The Center used cutting-edge computer modeling technologies to address the question: “What if the Montreal Protocol that regulated the emission of ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) had not been…

Jane Lubchenco and John Holdren were confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate Thursday night after being stalled since March 3, when their nominations were blocked by anonymous holds in the Senate for unrelated reasons. Lubchenco will serve as the administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and John Holdren will take on the role…

Pope Benedict XVI provoked outrage amongst health officials last week when he stated that condoms were not the answer to Africa’s fight against HIV and Aids, and could even worsen the problem. His comments came during the Pope’s first visit to Africa, highlighting the Catholic Church’s controversial stance which places a strong emphasis on sexual…

100,000 Posts!

Saturday, March 22, ScienceBlogs contributors reached the notable number of 100,000 blog entries on ScienceBlogs.com! Congrats to all of them for their hard work and dedication. Onward to one million!

ScienceBloggers Peter Lipson, AKA Dr. Pal from White Coat Underground, and Janet Stemwedel, AKA Dr. Free-Ride from Adventures in Ethics and Science, return for another episode of BhTV’s Science Saturday this week. They discuss Senator Tom Harkin’s worrisome crusade to “validate” alternative medicine, debate whether scientists should bother to rigorously investigate popular junk science, explain…

With print publications in crisis, the issue of how scientific information will be disseminated in the future has become a recurrent topic of discussion here on ScienceBlogs and all over the web. Recently, Ed Brayton of Dispatches from the Culture Wars criticized National Geographic and the “sorry state of popular science writing” because of an…

Over the two weeks leading up to Pi Day, ScienceBloggers prepared by baking their tastiest pies for the first ever ScienceBlogs Pi Day Pie Bake-Off. Their submissions ranged from traditional—like the Stemwedel family’s end-of-winter fruit pie—to patriotic, quirky, and flat-out, albeit mouth-wateringly, bizarre. On Pi Day, we opened up the voting, and readers voted for…