Archives for June, 2007

A shirt for PZ

From Threadless. Maybe if Dr. Myers wears this, people will stop being so down on the cephalopods.

Researchers around the world have found signs of life fitfully adjusting to global warming. In Greenland, an earlier spring is causing insects and plants to emerge earlier. The problem is, the birds that feed on those plants and insects aren’t adjusting as fast. Plants emerge 20 days earlier than they did in 1996, some insects…

Emily Yoffe’s muddled explanation of why she’s willing to pretend global warming won’t happen is deeply confused. Consider this statement (a version of which is a common part of the denialist toolkit): I refuse to trust a weather prediction for August 2080, when no one can offer me one for August 2008 (or 2007 for…

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What he said. More anon.

Not suitable for small children

Apparently because we mentioned sex and death.

I rolled the dice and pulled up ten random tunes from the ether. What mysterious messages “4.39 Am (For The First Time Today – Part 2)“ by Roger Waters from the album The Pros And Cons Of Hitch Hiking (1984, 2:02). “Stormy Weather“ by Pixies from the album Bossanova (1990, 3:26). “Dirt Road Blues“ by…

A right to email privacy

Farhad Manjoo points to: Ed Felten and Randy Picker [who] point to an interesting ruling from the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals: Because people have a reasonable expectation of privacy when they communicate over e-mail, the court ruled that the government must obtain a search warrant to get your e-mail from your ISP. The logic…

Senate passes energy bill

The Senate sent an energy bill to the House which includes strong fuel economy standards but doesn’t include provisions that would have promoted renewable fuel use. Detroit had hoped for weaker fuel economy standards, and environmental groups had hoped to see a requirement that electric utilities generate at least 15% of their power from renewable…

Bonus random ten

Randomly selected from songs rated 4 or 5 stars: “This Night“ by Destroyer from the album This Night (2002, 5:57). “It’s Not My Birthday“ by They Might Be Giants from the album Then: The Earlier Years (1991, 1:52). “She Was a Girl, She Was in Love“ by Matt Baldwin from the album American Primitive Guitar…

On dealing with journalists

The ScienceBlogs are abuzz with discussion of how scientists should handle the media. The concern from scientists seems to focus on the fear of being misquoted, and the journalists are responding by pointing out that misquotations are rare, and that when they occur, they rarely are substantive. The problem is that what the journalists mean…