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Richard Ellis on ‘Diagnosis: Mercury’

Thinking of whipping up another tuna casserole? You may change your mind after reading this convincing expose by Jane M. Hightower, a San Francisco doctor.

Posted on Nov 28, 2008 READ MORE



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FDA Plastic Decision ‘Creates a False Sense of Security’

The chemical BPA is common in plastic products such as baby bottles and food containers, despite concerns among scientists and environmentalists about its safety. The FDA has defended BPA use and recently turned to an outside panel for backup. That group of scientists, however, ended up criticizing the agency’s guidelines.

Posted on Oct 29, 2008 READ MORE


The Molecular Full Monty

A cohort of entrepreneurs and scientists is the cutting edge of the Personal Genome Project. In an act of altruism and/or exhibitionism, the PGP-10 have put their medical records, traits and genetic codes on the Web where all the scientists, paparazzo and peeping Toms can see them.

Posted on Oct 22, 2008 READ MORE



AP photo / Henny Ray Abrams

The Idiots Who Rule America

Our oligarchic class is incompetent at governing, managing the economy, coping with natural disasters, educating our young, handling foreign affairs, providing basic services like health care and safeguarding individual rights. They have no concept, thanks to the educations they have received, of the common good.

Posted on Oct 20, 2008 READ MORE



Simon Lewis on Traumatic Brain Injuries

A devastating and growing problem is explored in Michael Paul Mason’s riveting new book, “Head Cases.”

Posted on Oct 17, 2008 READ MORE


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Projectorgate 2008: Astronomers Fact-Check McCain

What on earth was John McCain referring to during Tuesday’s debate when he kept bringing up that mysterious “$3 million overhead projector” that Barack Obama ostensibly supported in Chicago?

Posted on Oct 9, 2008 READ MORE


Palin and a Dead Bear
grizzlybay.org

Palin Finally Accepts Global Warming

After years of looking to energy profits instead of science, Sarah Palin has finally accepted the argument that human activity has led to an increase in global warming. Palin now says, “I believe that man’s activities certainly can be contributing to the issue of global warming, climate change.”

Posted on Sep 12, 2008 READ MORE


Colbert

Who Invited God to the DNC?

So what was with all of the invocations of the deity at last week’s Democratic National Convention? Stephen Colbert talks about the Dems’ public displays of piety with Lori Lippman Brown, director of the Secular Coalition for America, producing another kind of sacred text to take the Bible’s place as he swears Brown in for her “Colbert Report” testimonial.

Posted on Sep 1, 2008 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / Ansgar Walk

Interior Dept.: Talk to the Hand

Not only is George W. Bush’s secretary of the interior trying to rewrite endangered species protections, he also appears to be tuning out public input, which is required by law. Scientists and activists from more than 100 environmental groups have signed a petition demanding a longer, more democratic hearing before environmental protection goes the way of the icecaps.

Posted on Aug 22, 2008 READ MORE


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shinyshiny.tv

The Power of Invisibility, Brought to You by the U.S. Military

The infiltration of American universities by the military is nothing new, but this is: Scientists at UC Berkeley are zeroing in on a way to render people and inanimate objects—which could include weapons and combat vehicles—invisible.

Posted on Aug 10, 2008 READ MORE


Mars
NASA / JPL-Caltech/University Arizona/Texas A&M University

Water on Mars

For the first time, NASA has captured and is analyzing a sample of actual Martian water, which was collected by the Phoenix lander. It will take some weeks to fully process the data and determine whether the Red Planet could ever have supported life, but it’s a promising development for scientists and space nuts alike.

Posted on Jul 31, 2008 READ MORE


Equality, by the Numbers

Let me begin by raising a glass of champagne to the official closing of the math gap. It turns out that girls do not lack the math gene. Nor are they math-phobic. Nor is there any “intrinsic” difference—thank you, Larry Summers—between the abilities of girls and boys to succeed in the numbers business.

Posted on Jul 30, 2008 READ MORE



Mr. Fish

Ray Bradbury on Literature and Love

The renowned author sits down with Truthdig literary editor Steve Wasserman to tell stories about his books, the many loves of his life—including dinosaurs and Halloween—and his own starring role in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s rise to fame.

Posted on Jul 28, 2008 READ MORE


women in science
science-ed.pnl.gov

Scoping Out Sexual Discrimination in Science

Debates about gender equality in the sciences are nothing new, but now the stakes may be higher for universities with science funding from the federal government to prove that sexual discrimination isn’t present in their departments. Title IX isn’t just for sports anymore.

Posted on Jul 14, 2008 READ MORE


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commons.wikimedia.org / NASA

Official Says Cheney Pushed EPA Censorship

A former EPA official alleged Tuesday that the vice president’s office influenced congressional testimony about the public health effects of climate change. Last October, it was revealed that six of 14 pages of the proposed testimony of the director of the Centers for Disease Control were deleted because so many references to global warming had been cut.

Posted on Jul 8, 2008 READ MORE


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Posted on Jul 8, 2008 READ MORE



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The Nuclear Expert Who Never Was

As a former U.N. weapons inspector, Scott Ritter knows a thing or two about nuclear threats around the world. So when so-called experts go on television or appear in print to help make the case for war with Iran, it gets his attention.

Posted on Jun 26, 2008 READ MORE


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Tony Platt on American Eugenics

Here’s a story, both chilling and inspiring: how prisoners at an Oklahoma prison in the aftermath of the Depression led a struggle to limit the practice of compulsory sterilization.

Posted on Jun 20, 2008 READ MORE


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NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona

Greetings From Mars

For seven agonizing minutes, scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory had no idea if the $420 million and countless hours invested in the Phoenix Mars Lander would amount to more than a black spot on the Red Planet. Ultimately the mobile laboratory was able to dodge the 50 percent failure rate for Mars landings and beam back a few snapshots to prove it arrived safely in the northern polar region.

Posted on May 25, 2008 READ MORE


The Universe
nasa.gov

We May Not Be Alone, Says Vatican

The pope’s chief astronomer has written an article in the Vatican newspaper that argues that intelligent beings “created by God could exist in outer space.” The article, “Aliens Are My Brother,” is likely a move by the Vatican to strengthen its scientific credentials, bringing science and religion closer while maintaining papal control over the entire universe.

Posted on May 14, 2008 READ MORE


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commons.wikimedia.org

Render Unto Darwin That Which Is Darwin’s

The New Atheist writers from Richard Dawkins to E.O. Wilson to Sam Harris have become the high priests not of science but the cult of science.

Posted on May 11, 2008 READ MORE


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news.bbc.co.uk

Study: Beware of Vitamins

Health nuts, take heed: A sweeping review of almost 70 scientific studies of the health benefits of vitamins and, in particular, those trendy antioxidants, has found “no convincing evidence” of increased lifespan. In fact, vitamins A, E and beta-carotene could even increase a person’s chances of dying prematurely, according to scientists at Copenhagen University.

Posted on Apr 16, 2008 READ MORE


Seven Years of Scandal

The latest plot twists are stunners, even as they unfold against the scandalous backdrop of the Bush administration’s sorry regulatory record.

Posted on Apr 8, 2008 READ MORE



AP photos / left: Gautam Singh / right: Uwe Lein

On Secular Fundamentalism

The battle under way in America is not a battle between religion and science. It is a battle between religious and secular fundamentalists. It is a battle between two groups intoxicated with the utopian and magical belief that humankind can perfect itself and master its destiny.

Posted on Apr 7, 2008 READ MORE


Ice Shelf
news.bbc.co.uk

The Ice Is Falling

A prominent Antarctic scientist says a large ice shelf is disintegrating much faster than he predicted. In fact, it’s “hanging by a thread,” according to David Vaughan of the British Antarctic Survey. The concern over melting ice shelves has to do with the tremendous amount of water they store. The more they melt, the more sea level rises.

Posted on Mar 25, 2008 READ MORE


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epp-ed.eu

Climate Change on Calif. Curriculum?

A California senator is working to push a bill through the state’s legislative channels that would make global warming a required study topic in California public schools, but detractors maintain that the science behind Sen. Joe Simitian’s proposed academic addition is unclear. 

Posted on Feb 18, 2008 READ MORE


HIV
news.bbc.co.uk

Scientist: HIV Vaccine at Square One

Nobel Prize-winning biologist David Baltimore has told his peers that researchers are no closer to discovering an HIV vaccine after decades of study. He called for new approaches and said the challenge was difficult because “to control HIV immunologically the scientific community has to beat out nature, do something that nature, with its advantage of four billion years of evolution, has not been able to do.”

Posted on Feb 15, 2008 READ MORE


You Are More Than What You Eat

Remember when eating was an art, not a science? Remember when food wasn’t medicine? Remember when food didn’t need to be defended? ... Remember the good old days?

Posted on Feb 14, 2008 READ MORE


Take Me Out to the BALCO

On April 2, 2002, the Los Angeles Dodgers played a home game against the San Francisco Giants, raising the question: If both pitcher and batter are artificially enhanced, does that level the playing field?

Posted on Dec 18, 2007 READ MORE


Huckabee Doesn’t Cut It

Is the thought of him as president just vaguely scary? Or have we learned enough about the man that we should be hair-on-fire alarmed at the prospect, still pretty remote, that he could actually win?

Posted on Dec 13, 2007 READ MORE


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Posted on Oct 29, 2007 READ MORE


Hold Politicians’ Feet to the Fire

Fires rage through Southern California. Massive rainstorms drench New Orleans. The Southeast is in the midst of what could be the worst drought on record there. Atlanta could run out of water. What links these crises? Global warming.

Posted on Oct 23, 2007 READ MORE


Al Gore and the Blue Sky Theory

Funnyman Durst sends up the absurd criticism of Al Gore and the Nobel Prize.  Why stop at global warming when there’s plenty in the world of science and nature to deny?

Posted on Oct 21, 2007 READ MORE


Arctic Land Grab Update: Russia Claims Victory

Russian officials say they have proof to back up Moscow’s claim to the north pole—and nearly half a million square miles of neutral Arctic territory—but don’t expect Denmark, Canada and the U.S. to go down without a fight. It’s all part of a nakedly opportunistic attempt to cash in on energy resources made available by global warming and melting ice caps.

Posted on Sep 20, 2007 READ MORE


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news.bbc.co.uk

Space Object Implicated in Widespread Illness

Roughly 600 Peruvian townspeople are suffering a variety of ailments, from headaches to vomiting, after visiting the crash site of a mysterious fireball that fell from the heavens. Scientists are en route to analyze the object, which they believe is simply a meteorite.

Posted on Sep 18, 2007 READ MORE


pollution
spmedia.canada.com

The 10 Most Polluted Places in the World

The Blacksmith Institute, a U.S.-based environmental group, has identified the 10 most polluted places on the planet. Cities in Russia, China, India, Zambia, Peru, the Ukraine and Azerbaijan made the list, which focuses on the impact pollution has on the local population.

Posted on Sep 14, 2007 READ MORE


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iflipflop.com

Soldiers and Doctors Struggle With Brain Injury

More and more troops are coming home from Iraq with brain damage, the result of repeated exposure to explosions, and doctors are having a difficult time keeping up. For many, the damage causes problems experts have never seen before and aren’t sure how to treat.

Posted on Sep 9, 2007 READ MORE


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


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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


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