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I’ve been strangely fascinated by the “arsenic-eating” and maybe “arsenic-utilizing’ bacteria report from NASA researchers and the so-called “backlash” (“arsenic-gate”) in the blogosphere. Many others have posted on this topic. What I’ve found most interesting is that there seem to be several parallel and barely intersecting universes: 1) the scientific literature, 2) the traditional media,…

If so, you should join this facebook group. Or to discuss further, please go to http://friendfeed.com/phylomon. Here’s part of what started this group and project: a friend of mine passed on this “letter to Santa:” It quite nicely demonstrates an issue with advocates of biodiversity – that is, what can we do to get kids…

This would be the headline from 25 years ago at Bhopal, India, when the Union Carbide plant there leaked a toxic cloud of methyl-isocyanate. My headline is indicative of the complexity of this disaster: the causes, responses, and historical path since then of regulation, cross-national legislation, and corporate attempts (or lack thereof) at responsibility to…

Realclimate.org has a great post today called “An Open Letter to Steven Levitt.” In case, you haven’t heard, this is the economist, and one of the noted authors of the Freakonomics, who recently published Superfreakonomics, a book that is fast gaining notoriety as being fraught with many errors on the issue of Global Warming. Essentially,…

Not the best title for a post, and by best, I mean most accurate. If you’d like to get to the bottom of it, though, try this new dispatch over at McSweeney’s: “The Elevator to Room 1028.” It has elevators. It has intrigue. It has secrecy. It has stacks of books. And it has elevators.…

I haven’t been here much, but I did begin a new series over at McSweeney’s called “Days at the Museum.” It’s a limited-run set of dispatches (summer-length, let’s say) about research at the Smithsonian and related miscellany. Tuesday was the first one, called “Ronzoni All the Way Down.” This is the central image of the…

The photographer Jade Doskow is capturing and creating images of the once-grand spectacles called World’s Fairs. Her photographs do triple duty: they track down those old sites, in cities across the world (from Brussels to Seville, from New York to Spokane, from Paris to Philadelphia); they call back to the technological grandeur such exhibitions sought…

A slow June at the Fair (see here for an explanation), but I’m popping in to share what constitutes a different sort of landscape image(s) below. Here’s the first: The Citarum River in Indonesia. Here we have landscapes of garbage, scenes of environments overwhelmed with waste, with excess, with disposed and disposable items. The images…

The industrialization of agriculture, egg version. An egg factory in China. Click on image for link to original site, credited to AP Photo/Andy Wong as posted at the Globe by Alan Taylor.

The Morning News has another stunning series of landscape photographs on display and another chance to reflect on the intersection of landscapes, nature, and technology. It’s possible that each of those words should be in quotes–one point brought up by previous commenters in this Landscape and Modernity Series (the West; the pasture; the A-bomb) –to…