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Archives for January, 2007

The other day, I read Shelley’s great account of the Challenger explosion, called “The Blight Upon the Sky,” and it just got me thinking that I wish there were more outlets for that kind of science writing. By outlets, I do mean those in the print arena, like a magazine here or there that is…

So, looks like the truth experiment is holding it’s own at #19 (we were at #18 yesterday). This despite a whole series of strange happenings that seem to converge around what we’re trying to do here.

“Unhappy Meals,” says Michael Pollan. That’s the title of his article published in The New York Times Magazine this past Sunday. (As Jonah has already pointed to.) After last year’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma, about what defines/describes different chains of food production, he is speaking still about food, but now more directly about nutrition. It’s a…

With alternative energy proposals, the environmental lines are certainly not clear-cut. I’ve already noted why I think this is the case (short answer: they foster consumption possibilities, not reductions in consumption). But now there is a precise example of the complexity of such issues in many states proposing what are called Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS).…

The Perfect Science Course

Seriously now, everyone should take this course. Although I hear it’s restricted to folks who have their own fellowships. Competition is tough these days.

So I went to a site today called Cool Drive Pass, which is a carbon offsetting project spearheaded by some colleagues of mine at UBC and their friends in Vancouver. Essentially, it’s a calculator designed to figure out carbon dioxide emissions of your car, and then to equate an “offsetting fee,” where the funds would…

Carrying the torch lit by Ben in an earlier post. I just wanted to say a few words about this album cover: You see, I am a big Police fan, and the rumour of a possible reunion, and the fact that they may even be practicing in Vancouver is a great thing to consider. But…

In the scientific literature, the use of characters from the Pokemon franchise has been suggested as a possible way to broach biodiversity and conservation challenges.

O.K. people – it’s got legs, this thing called the truth. Look at the trend so far: The day after this thing was started, we were at a rank of #310. Then 307 the next day, and then the site actually dissappeared for a day or so from Google itself. Two days ago, we returned…

Steve Martin and Nanotechnology

[Category explanation: this post overlaps with so many of our Scienceblogs category options that I ended up just dumping it in philosophy of science as a default location.] The ETC Group – dedicated, they say, to supporting “socially responsible developments of technologies useful to the poor and marginalized and it addresses international governance issues and…