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the Great Dictator

Charlie Chaplin on the Villainy of War

Now seems as good a time as any to revisit the genius of Charlie Chaplin’s “The Great Dictator.” In this climactic scene, Chaplin rails against the menace of war and hopes for a world where people actually care about each other.

Posted on Sep 4, 2007 READ MORE


river dolphin
jwharrison.com

‘Extinct’ Dolphin Seen

The Yangtze river dolphin was thought to be extinct, a victim of China’s explosive economic growth and environmental negligence, but one of the baiji, as the animal is known, was just caught on tape—alive and well.

Posted on Aug 30, 2007 READ MORE


sun
news.bbc.co.uk

The 10-Year Weather Forecast

A team of British scientists has developed a short-term, 10-year projection of the climate crisis—that’s short-term because most global-warming models work with centuries. And, yes, their findings indicate it will continue to get hotter through the next decade.

Posted on Aug 9, 2007 READ MORE


arctic
news.bbc.co.uk

Russia Claims Much of Arctic

Russia is launching an underwater expedition to the North Pole in order to back up its claim to a massive section of the Arctic, which may contain vast energy reserves. “The Arctic is ours and we should demonstrate our presence,” said a Russian parliamentarian and explorer who will participate in the flag-planting expedition.

Posted on Jul 24, 2007 READ MORE


chatty gents
lajerga.com

So Much for the Motormouth Myth

Finally, a gender-focused study that doesn’t fall prey to the hidden gender biases of its research team (a phenomenon that occurs all too frequently in concordance with a little-known, but often operative, adjunct to the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle).

Posted on Jul 6, 2007 READ MORE


Not Your Father’s Heat Wave

While it may be frowned upon to discuss the weather, in this age of global warming it’s worth noting that the current heat wave is expected to break records throughout the western United States. Boise, Idaho, for instance, is about to be 6 degrees hotter than ever, while the town of Baker, Calif., which conveniently possesses a 134-foot-tall thermometer, recently topped off at 125 degrees. Can the ice caps be far behind?

Posted on Jul 6, 2007 READ MORE


fashion show
wulfweard.blog.co.uk

The Battle Over Sex Education

While many schools continue to move toward abstinence-only (aka “keep your fingers crossed”) sex education, some communities are fighting for more candid and honest curricula. A Maryland school district, for example, just won the right to teach middle and high schoolers about homosexuality and the proper use of condoms.

Posted on Jul 3, 2007 READ MORE


Gore

Three Questions for Al Gore

Popular Mechanics probes the former vice president about his newly green home, his new concert series and the future of ethanol.

Posted on Jun 29, 2007 READ MORE


Hatshepsut
news.bbc.co.uk

‘Find of Century’ in Egypt

Egyptologists have discovered what they believe to be the 3,000-year-old remains of Egypt’s most powerful female ruler, Hatshepsut. The original wicked stepmother, Hatshepsut usurped the throne from her stepson, who probably retaliated after her reign by trying to obliterate any record of her.

Posted on Jun 27, 2007 READ MORE


Science Progresses Despite Politics

With the stem cell debate, scientists once again have to negotiate the political gauntlet, where every breakthrough is met by an ill-informed stump speech.

Posted on Jun 14, 2007 READ MORE


America Likes an Idiot, but It Needs Al Gore

Al Gore has been in town launching his new book, “The Assault on Reason,” and you could have predicted the buzz: Is he about to jump into the race? What you probably wouldn’t have predicted, because it’s insane, is the counterbuzz—that Gore, poor fellow, is just too ostentatiously smart to be elected president.

Posted on Jun 1, 2007 READ MORE


candidates

Imagine a President Who Doesn’t Believe in Evolution

It could happen. The most alarming difference between the Democratic and Republican debates would have to be the response to this question: “Is there anyone on this stage ... that does not believe in evolution?” Three hands shot up.

Posted on May 3, 2007 READ MORE


planet
eso.org

Scientists Find ‘Habitable’ Planet

A team of scientists has discovered what could be the first habitable planet outside the solar system. More information is needed before an accurate assessment can be made, but researchers have suggested that planet 581c has a temperature range of between 32 and 104 degrees, and could contain vast quantities of liquid water.

Posted on Apr 25, 2007 READ MORE


drought
greenpeace.org

Climate Crisis Threatens Billions

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has warned that the climate crisis could afflict billions of people, especially the poor, with food and water shortages, drought and flooding. “For the first time, we are no longer arm-waving with models; this is empirical data,” explained one of the panel’s leading scientists.

Posted on Apr 6, 2007 READ MORE


Ice sheet
utexas.edu

Thinning of Antarctic Ice Alarms Scientists

Polar ice experts warned Wednesday that a Texas-size block of ice in the Antarctic has thinned surprisingly fast. The Amundsen Sea Embayment contains enough water to elevate sea levels worldwide nearly 20 feet.

Posted on Mar 28, 2007 READ MORE


museum
AP Photo / Ed Reinke

A World Where Lies Are True

If the Christian right succeeds in legitimizing creation “science,” it will strike a critical blow against the basic principles that make our society work.

Posted on Mar 26, 2007 READ MORE


Waxman
washingtonpost.com

House Dems Grill White House Spin Man

Henry Waxman’s House committee put the irons to Philip A. Cooney on Monday. The former oil lobbyist who became chief of staff of the White House Council on Environmental Quality made hundreds of edits to government reports in order to downplay the link between fossil fuels and global warming.

Posted on Mar 20, 2007 READ MORE


How Flying Saucers Could Save the World

It may sound like science fiction, but researchers are working on a number of bizarre emergency plans to fight global warming, including a mock volcano that spews reflective dust and a solar shade made up of a trillion flying saucers. Scientists have been hesitant to discuss such “geoengineering” schemes, but they may be our only hope if humans fail to curb emissions or the crisis turns out to be worse than predicted.

Posted on Mar 18, 2007 READ MORE



news.bbc.co.uk

Warmest Winter in at Least 125 Years

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has declared this winter the warmest on record for the Northern Hemisphere. So far, 2007 appears likely to rank as the warmest overall year. Annual temperatures have broken the record in 10 of the last dozen years.

Posted on Mar 15, 2007 READ MORE


Earth

‘This Pale Blue Dot’

This Carl Sagan tribute video really puts things in perspective. Just remember that all war, tragedy and hatred take place on a tiny blue speck in the middle of nowhere, and we have the power to do something about it.

Posted on Mar 7, 2007 READ MORE


Blair and Bush

A Coalition of the Unwilling

While America is still begrudgingly coming to terms with the climate crisis, British politicians, scientists and newspapers have been shouting from the rooftops for years. So why is the U.S. so far behind its closest ally? Truthdig foreign correspondent Sarah Stillman spoke with more than 20 experts to find out.

Posted on Mar 6, 2007 READ MORE


Retired Generals, Admiral Warn Against Attack on Iran

Three former high-ranking U.S. military men have called on the Bush administration to pursue diplomacy with Iran, saying “an attack on Iran would have disastrous consequences,” a concern shared by a group of 22 physicists, including 12 Nobel laureates, which has asked Congress to restrict the president’s ability to use nuclear weapons against Tehran.

Posted on Feb 4, 2007 READ MORE


Doctors
fox.com

The Health Risks of Modesty

A new study in The Lancet says doctors need to be more aggressive in questioning their patients about sex. According to the authors of the study, sexual problems are often related to serious health risks: “If a man comes in with erectile dysfunction, it can be the tip of the iceberg.”

Posted on Feb 1, 2007 READ MORE


Bad News From Global Warming Experts

The most authoritative climate change panel, with 2,500 scientists from 130 countries, is expected to project the biggest change in average temperatures in thousands of years. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change believes that even if governments manage to stabilize greenhouse gas emissions, oceans will continue to rise for at least 1,000 years.

Posted on Feb 1, 2007 READ MORE


Stonehenge excavation
nationalgeographic.com

From the People Who Brought You Stonehenge

Archeologists have discovered a huge ancient settlement that was used by the people who made Stonehenge. The complex, near the iconic rock pile, may have once contained as many as 100 houses.

Posted on Jan 30, 2007 READ MORE


brain damage
pypfirm.com

Forgetting Addiction

When a stroke victim and two-pack-a-day smoker woke up having forgotten his habit, researchers went looking for the damaged part of his brain that seemed to have switched off his cravings. Having found it, scientists are hoping to discover new methods to understand and treat addiction.

Posted on Jan 25, 2007 READ MORE


Dr. Charles Roselli
nytimes.com

When Gay Sheep and the Blogosphere Collide

Dr. Charles Roselli says a British newspaper misrepresented his research into gay rams, but that didn’t stop the blogosphere, PETA and gay rights activists from running wild with the story. Despite an intense PR campaign to undo the damage, critics are still skeptical of the doctor’s ethics.

Posted on Jan 25, 2007 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT
chasingmidnight.com

Doomsday Clock Nears Midnight

On Wednesday the “doomsday clock” ticked two minutes closer to midnight as the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists assessed threats from nuclear proliferation and global warming. Meant to signify humanity’s proximity to a major global catastrophe, the clock is currently set to 11:55 p.m.

Posted on Jan 17, 2007 READ MORE


Obesity and Bikinis
bbc.co.uk

Anti-Obesity Gum

British scientists are developing a chewing gum that could help to regulate the appetites of obesity sufferers. Although the research is promising, the first infomercials are years away.

Posted on Jan 15, 2007 READ MORE


Cloned cow
From the Daily Mail

Scientists Seek to Create Docile Zombie Animals

Researchers are probing ways to create genetically modified livestock that are oblivious to their confinement and thus easier to prepare for subsequent slaughter.
Zombie bacon double-cheeseburger, anyone?

Posted on Jan 14, 2007 READ MORE


Irish flag
illustration by Peter Scheer

The First Step Is Admitting You Have a Problem

Researchers from Dublin City University already believed that drug use was on the rise in Ireland, but they were surprised when their study indicated that 100 percent of Ireland’s banknotes bear traces of cocaine.

Posted on Jan 10, 2007 READ MORE


Exxon Allegedly Paid for Climate Misinformation Drive

Following in the footsteps of big tobacco, ExxonMobil paid 43 ideological groups $16 million to attack the science behind global warming, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists. The real scandal isn’t that Exxon paid such groups to pimp its version of “reality,” but that the media felt obligated to take an “on the other hand” approach in reporting those fringe assertions about climate change.

Posted on Jan 7, 2007 READ MORE


Grand Canyon
wwp.las-vegas-us.com

Dogma National Park

If you’ve been thinking about a vacation to the Grand Canyon but worried someone might try to assault you with information, fear not. Park employees are not allowed to reveal the true age of the formation for fear of offending Christians, and the bookstore features a manuscript claiming the canyon was created during Noah’s flood.

Posted on Jan 1, 2007 READ MORE


House GOP’ers Kick the Poor, Push Fringe Abortion Bill

In a cynical and mean-spirited attempt to reach out to their vaunted “base,” lame-duck conservative House Republicans plan on ignoring their duties to pass spending bills that would benefit the poor, and instead will put their energies into passing a “fetal pain” abortion bill based on “science” rejected by the American Medical Association.

Posted on Dec 1, 2006 READ MORE


The Globe Continues to Warm

Scientists have noted alarming trends in the arctic that continue to indicate a rise in global temperature, which could ultimately lead to catastrophe: “There have been regional warming periods before. Now we’re seeing arctic-wide changes.”

Posted on Nov 16, 2006 READ MORE


smog
howstuffworks.com

Pollution-Eating Cement

An Italian cement company has developed a treatment for building materials that transforms pollutants into less harmful substances, such as water and carbon dioxide.  Experts suggest that covering 15 percent of a smog-choked industrial city like Milan could reduce pollution by 50 percent. (h/t: Engadget)

Posted on Nov 11, 2006 READ MORE


Peter Agre

Science Misused as Propaganda, Says Nobel Laureate

Dr. Peter Agre of Scientists and Engineers for America condemns Washington’s exploitation of fake science: “Good science has something to do with reality, and reality is sometimes very useful.”

Posted on Oct 20, 2006 READ MORE


Second Life graphic
From Second Life (via Popular Science)

It’s a Wonderful Second Life

Check out this mind-blowing story on Second Life, the simulated online world where people socialize, shop for actual products, attend legitimate university classes, even buy virtual real estate—using real-world money.
This head-spinning enmeshing of online/off-line interaction represents a new model for our Internet-addled society. It’s like “The Matrix” (Version 0.1).

 

Posted on Oct 12, 2006 READ MORE


Jill Carroll
From the CSM

Jill Carroll Was Coached by Captors

In part three of the 11-part series, kidnapped Christian Science Monitor reporter Jill Carroll receives instruction from her captors on how to look miserable on camera.

Posted on Aug 16, 2006 READ MORE


Jill Carroll
From the Christian Science Monitor

Kidnapped Reporter Carroll: I Pleaded for a Quick Death

Jill Carroll, the 28-year-old Christian Science Monitor freelancer who was held captive in Iraq for almost three months earlier this year, has gone public for the first time with the story of her ordeal. She recalls beseeching one of her captors to use a gun to kill her—rather than a knife—when it seemed her execution was imminent.

Posted on Aug 14, 2006 READ MORE


The Boy Crisis
From Newsweek.com

Ellen Goodman: The ‘Boy Crisis’ Is a Red Herring

Although it’s sexier and more startling to talk about boys falling behind girls in schools, the real dividing line is race and class.

Posted on Jul 5, 2006 READ MORE


glaciers
From www.jeffsweather.com

Ozone Pollution Is More Harmful Than Realized

Ozone, which had been considered a minor player in global climate change, is actually a major factor in the dramatic warming of the Arctic zone, according to NASA.
Worse, scientists are reporting that climate change is “irreversible,” as Arctic sea ice has failed to re-form for the second year in a row.

Posted on Mar 15, 2006 READ MORE


When Politics Defeat Science

A former FDA official reminds us that the White House is still forcing science to conform to the dictates of Bush-style fundamentalist Christianity.

Posted on Mar 1, 2006 READ MORE


Bush Pushes Math and Science? Oh, Please…

The president may be urging algebra and chemistry on high-schoolers, but his administration can’t run away from the chilling effect it has had on scientific inquiry. For example, a young presidential appointee at NASA ordered Web designers to append the word “theory” after every mention of the Big Bang (scroll half-way down the article).
Wanna know what it takes to become a NASA spokesman? Well, it doesn’t hurt to write columns linking Saddam to Al Qaeda, or insisting that Rumsfeld had nothing to do with the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandals.

Posted on Feb 5, 2006 READ MORE


Vatican Begins to Thaw on Evolution

The official Vatican newspaper lauds a judge in Pennsylvania for tossing intelligent design out of the classroom. Anyone hear the galloping of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse? | story

Posted on Jan 18, 2006 READ MORE


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