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About a week ago, ScienceBlogger Randy Olson (documentary filmmaker of “Flock of Dodos” fame) left a comment on Shifting Baselines suggesting that the best way to combat anti-science propaganda like “Expelled” is with a pro-science film festival. “Right now, if a high school kid makes a really great video about evolution, where is he or…

Reader Poll: e or ??

On Friday, 3/14, math enthusiasts worldwide celebrated ? Day, in honor of the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter (approximately 3.14). Back in August, Chad asked his readers which irrational number they preferred, ? or e—the base for the exponential function (approximately 2.72). He went with e, because “you just have to love…

Hello from Day 1 of the 2008 North Carolina Science Blogging Conference! I just had a late lunch at the hotel restaurant with Dave, Bora, and some other conference participants. As we were walking into the restaurant, and past a large and colorful buffet table, NC-native Dave says to me, “Yeah, people from North Carolina…

Summer is nearly here, and beef is in the air: or at least in the mainstream media. A cursory search of Google news earlier this week turned up eighteen different stories about beef posted within a twenty-four hour period, among them: South Korea Opens to US Beef Imports, Pampered Beef Cattle Generate a Niche Profit,…

It’s Friday afternoon, and scores are in for the Erlenmeyer Flask vs. Fossil Fuels game at Chemical Arena. Erlenmeyer Flask went into the first quarter hoping to contain Fossil Fuels. The team (sometimes known by its nickname, Conical Flask), clearly—and of necessity—adheres to the philosophy that the best offense is a good defense. As long…

March Madness, Science Style

This just deserved a greater calling-out: the evil geniuses over at The World’s Fair have put together a “Science Spring Showdown”, aka “the thinking person’s ccomplement to the NCAA tournament!” Take a look at the brackets, and thrill to such potential match-ups/epic battles as ‘Darwin vs Jesus,’ ‘Caffeine vs High-speed internet,’ and ‘Fossil fuels vs…

Happy Birthday, Mr. Myers

While I wouldn’t be surprised if he’d seen all the good cephalopod kitsch before, I would like to offer, in honor of squid-loving blogger PZ Myers’ birthday today, an image of this scientifically-inaccurate but highly awesome painting of a T-Rex, a sperm whale, and a giant squid having it out in a dark and choppy…

Do you feel unsatisfied, irritated, impatient with yourself? Ever? Do you not always enjoy activities that you once enjoyed? Do you feel older than you used to be? Stop right there—you could be suffering from a serious problem called Dysphoric Social Attention Consumption Deficit Anxiety Disorder (DSACDAD). Don’t be afraid: millions do. And help is…

Geek Love

Nerds have seldom been held up as paragons of romantic prowess, and that’s generally gone double for those of the female persuasion. But an essay in the Boston Globe by historian of the family Stephanie Coontz uses demographic evidence to punch a few holes into the popular idea that over-educated women have a hard time…

Diesel is “Global Warming Ready”

Global climate change may melt glaciers, slash biodiversity, and displace countless coastal dwellers, but there’s one thing rising temperatures will never boil away: Our sense of style! That’s the message Diesel (the jeans company, not the fuel) hopes to spread with its newest advertising campaign, “Global Warming Ready.” When the Earth—and, apparently, all of its…