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Peter Melchett writes in The Guardian (on-line) that the scientific evidence for organic food’s healthier claims is clear and persuasive. (Melchett is “policy director of the Soil Association, a UK organic food and farming organisation.”) But will that sway governments to encourage organic over their preferred GMO or pesticide-based ag systems? Probably not. It’s a…

(from xkcd, via Scott)

Philip Zimbardo, professor emeritus of psychology at Stanford University and the guy who conducted the Stanford Prison Experiment in 1971, writes today in the Chronicle of Higher Education about the lessons and conduct of that pyschological test. The conclusion of his updated reflections on the good-v-evil pairing: Group pressures, authority symbols, dehumanization of others, imposed…

Recently, I read an interesting piece on something known as “Darwin’s Delay.” Briefly, this is a mystery which queried why it took 20 odd years for Darwin to take his theory of evolution from his own private musings in the late 1830′s, to its publication as the Origin of Species in 1859.

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Grist has been posting many excellent links, discussions, and interviews about Mountaintop Coal Removal in the Appalachians. It’s been a while since we added to our MTR posts (one, two, three, four), so allow me to do so now. photo source: Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition First is an article in Blue Ridge Country by Peter…

Lots of future Nobel Laureates had their groundbreaking work rejected by scientific journals. Juan Miguel Campanario, a Physics Professor in Madrid, writes an article about it called “Rejecting Nobel class articles and resisting Nobel class discoveries.” But he can’t get it published. Hmmmm. Do I smell a future Nobel Laureate?

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Flowercasting

Good stuff. Slate’s explainer explains how horticulturists know when the cherry blossoms will bloom. (They ask and answer because the Washington, DC Cherry Blossom Festival is coming up.) It’s a somewhat relevant follow-up to my earlier basic concepts post about the best way to “know” a lilac. The answer? Okay I’ll give it away…

Another writing contest I’m affiliated with. And to reiterate, pretty much anything goes as long as it fits (even remotely) in the global issues genre. Plus (plus), there’s a category for non-UBC folk, and the insider info is that we don’t have an awful lot of those kind of submissions (full details below)