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Archives for February, 2007

“The rapid expansion of renewable energy in Germany means there is no need to renege on the government’s agreement to phase out nuclear power,” reports Reuters today. This is how things always happen for me. I was getting ready for class, and doing some searches to show the students how to use databases for their…

So basically, I’ve been hearing stuff about some new game show that pits adults against the sort of knowledge that a child in Grade 5 should know. It sounds like a pretty interesting concept, and has gotten me thinking about kids and science information generally. Anyway with this in mind, today, I thought we could…

China, the new great polluters. With their tremendous industrialization comes tremendous pollution. But what is the relationship between their shifting political system and the possibilities for a more ecologically sensible pattern of development (assuming that phrase is internally logical, “ecologically sensible pattern of development”)? Here is an interview from last Fall with Dale Wen, Chinese…

50 Coal-Fired Plants Replaced by Wind

The recent AAAS meeting, as has been well-blogged about, was on the theme of sustainability. In parallel, there were a series of sustainability related articles in the accompanying issue of Science that week (9 February 2007). One that caught my eye was about the growth increase in wind power in Europe over the past ten…

Well, finally a science song that kicks ass! This one has been humbly adopted as the Science Scout’s anthem. It’s called “Increase the N,” and comes courtesy from a local Vancouver band called HEFE. Click here for their myspace account, and check out the song on their embedded player. Why, “Increase the N?” Because science…

So: The Police is starting their tour in Vancouver on May 28th and May 30th, and even though I’m more or less still a fan of Sting, I’ve just got to say that watching Stewart Copeland play those polyrhythmic drum beats at the Grammys was pretty impressive. Here, take a look yourself:

Haeckel on film

Proteus is a film about the 19th century biologist and artist Ernest Haeckel. It’s almost a few years old now, and has already worked its way through the blogosphere. But, given Dave’s interest in Haeckel and the recent uptick in Haeckel-talk at the blogs, let me bring it up again. Haeckel and his assistant, 1866…

Alert! New badges!

So last week was pretty busy, and to be honest I haven’t quite depressurized yet from the fatigue it induced (hence the lack of material from me on the blog – thanks Ben for stepping in as always). On top of that, the science scouts apparently hit a nerve in webland being picked up by…

For example, I knew you would click on that. Oh how coy. Anyway, an article in The Guardian (“The brain scan that can read people’s intentions”) reports on this: “A team of world-leading neuroscientists has developed a powerful technique that allows them to look deep inside a person’s brain and read their intentions before they…

The Morning News is a fantastic literary and cultural site, chock full of writer-type work, interviews, artwork, commentary, and the like. (We link to them on the lower left of this page. G’ head, take a look. I’ll wait.) They also run an excellent daily set of news links, almsot always with something unusual and…