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Seed’s “Rightful Place” Project

Perhaps you have noticed our newly redesigned front page, and on that page, a link to the Rightful Place Project. In his inaugural address, President Obama promised to restore science to its “rightful place”. Seed Media Group is starting a dialog in response, asking the question “What is science’s rightful place?”, through Seed Magazine and…

Watching the Inauguration

I’m watching the inauguration on tv…all the bigwigs are walking in…and here comes Malia and Sasha. Could those girls possibly be any cuter? Every time they show a shot of the sea of humanity on the Mall I am just overwhelmed. I’ve never had a sense of living through anything so momentous before.* Yay for…

The Cookies Don’t Lie

Who needs sophisticated tracking polls when you’ve got…cookies! A local bakery not far from where I live makes presidential candidate cookies for every presidential election. This year they added vice-presidential cookies. You can buy an Obama, McCain, Biden, or Palin cookie – and help predict the winner of the election in the process! Since the…

James Brown and 1968

I’m watching “The Night James Brown Saved Boston” on VH1. It is an excellent program. I was 5 years old on April 4, 1968, when Martin Luther King, Jr. was assasinated. I don’t have personal memories of what he did for America, but I grew up revering him. JFK, RFK, and MLK were equal in…

SD ’08 – The Candidates Have Been Invited!

Here’s the word, from Sheril at The Intersection – and the word is exciting! For months everyone has been asking us, when will there be an invitation sent to candidates…a date… a venue… Well it’s finally happened! It’s official. Hillary Clinton, Mike Huckabee, John McCain, and Barack Obama have been invited to ScienceDebate2008. The location?…

We Need A Presidential Debate On Science!

Sheril Kirshenbaum and Chris Mooney, over at the Intersection, have organized a call for a presidential debate on science and technology issues. Given the many urgent scientific and technological challenges facing America and the rest of the world, the increasing need for accurate scientific information in political decision making, and the vital role scientific innovation…

Washington Post reports on the appointment of Susan Orr: The Bush administration again has appointed a chief of family planning programs at the Department of Health and Human Services who has been critical of contraception.

Constitution Day Is Coming Up!

It’s almost September 17th, and you know what that means – Constitution Day! Do you have your festivities all planned out yet? No? Don’t you remember there’s a federal law mandating that all schools which receive federal funds have got to put on a program about the constitution for their students on September 17 every…

The Permafrost Is Releasing Methane Now?

I read this article in the LA Times about Russians racing to claim the seabed under the Arctic ice as their territory, other nations fussing that it’s really theirs, and everybody ignoring that the only way they can even have this argument is because the damn ice is melting away. Only it’s even worse than…

It’s called “social desirability bias”. And the voting public suffers from it. It leads likely voters to “underestimate their own prejudices when talking to survey takers”, says Dalton Conley in the Chronicle Review. We know we are supposed to treat all candidates the same, regardless of race or gender. So that’s what we say when…