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Guess What, Creationists? There’s Major New Evidence the Big Bang Happened

A recent landmark discovery adds to our understanding of how the universe was born.

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 READ MORE



Study: Blood Test Can Predict Alzheimer’s Disease

Researchers in the United States say they have developed a prototype blood test that can tell with 90 percent accuracy whether a healthy person will develop Alzheimer’s disease within three years.

Posted on Mar 10, 2014 READ MORE


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How the FDA Monitored Whistle-Blowing Scientists

Revelations that the FDA monitored its own scientists in the acts of disclosing alleged wrongdoing marks “the first time [that] we … have a glimpse into what domestic surveillance of whistle-blowers looks like in this country with the modern technological developments,” says attorney Stephen Kohn.

Posted on Jul 17, 2012 READ MORE



Lapham's Quarterly

Will Wonders Never Cease?

What once was sorcery maybe now is science, but the wonders technological of which I find myself in full possession, among them indoor plumbing and electric light, I incline to regard as demonstrations magical.

Posted on Jun 30, 2012 READ MORE



Flickr / Chase N. (CC-BY-SA)

Computer Gamers Decipher Structure of AIDS Enzyme

To the astonishment of scientists, online gamers deciphered the 3-D structure of an enzyme of an AIDS-like virus in just three weeks, a feat that had evaded researchers for 10 years.

Posted on Sep 20, 2011 READ MORE



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Scientists to Begin Testing Artificial Volcano to Curb Climate Change

Researchers in the U.K. will begin an experiment next month that, by imitating a volcanic eruption, could eventually lead to a climate-cooling method that would work by putting sun-reflective particles into the stratosphere.

Posted on Sep 14, 2011 READ MORE



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World Scientists Want to Ban Deep-Sea Fishing

In a report released this week, marine scientists from around the world said industrial deep-sea fishing should be banned because it takes much longer for those fish to repopulate than species that live closer to shore.

Posted on Sep 8, 2011 READ MORE


Tsunami Did a Number on Antarctic Ice Shelves

The earthquake that hit Japan last March not only triggered a tsunami that devastated the island nation, but created waves that traveled all the way to the ice shelves of Antarctica ... (more)

Posted on Aug 9, 2011 READ MORE


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White House / Chuck Kennedy

Double the Oil, Double the Problems

It’s a doubly bad day for news regarding the oil blowout in the Gulf of Mexico: Scientists have doubled their estimate of the amount of oil gushing into the Gulf every day, and BP announced it will not have the leak sealed before August.

Posted on Jun 11, 2010 READ MORE



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Scientists Fear Chinese ‘Superbugs’

Leading scientists are criticizing Chinese doctors and farmers for what they believe is a reckless overuse of antibiotics in both the medical and agricultural industries, which, they argue, has led to an explosion of resistant “superbugs” endangering global health.

Posted on Feb 6, 2010 READ MORE



NASA

Climate Crisis Looks Worse and Worse

Scientists meeting in Copenhagen say the U.N.’s worst climate fears are already coming to pass. Lord Stern, who helped alert the world to the economic perils of climate change, said at the conference that his 2006 report underestimated both the speed and scope of climate change.

Posted on Mar 12, 2009 READ MORE


Ben Roethlisberger
AP photo / Chris Gardner

NFL Players Risk More Than Broken Bones

Scientists have made new discoveries about the traumatic head injuries sustained by football players, including Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who will play in the Super Bowl this Sunday. Just one concussion can lead to dementia-like symptoms years later and multiple incidents can bring about severe brain damage and perhaps even drug addiction or suicide.

Posted on Jan 28, 2009 READ MORE


Lou Dobbs

Lou Dobbs Blames Global Warming on ‘Solar Sunspot Activity Cycle’

Lou Dobbs is diversifying his nonsense portfolio. The anti-immigrant poster boy has taken up the now-passé fight against climate science. In this clip, Dobbs refers to “many scientists” and “just the facts” as he tries to pin climate change on something he calls the “solar sunspot activity cycle.”

Posted on Jan 7, 2009 READ MORE


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Milgram Experiment Revisited

A new study mirroring the infamous 1963 Milgram experiment has suggested that humans will still follow authority’s beckon, even to the point of killing another person. The new report, timely considering the current debate around torture in the U.S., argues that it’s not that humans are bad, but that “a massive social influence [is] going on.”

Posted on Dec 19, 2008 READ MORE



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Bush Wants to Shaft Endangered Species Before Leaving Office

He may be a lame duck, but the president still has the power to mess with America. His latest project: pushing through rule changes that would reduce protections for endangered species. Given the wonky complexities of the rule-changing process, it will be difficult for Barack Obama to undo the damage, but then that’s the whole point.

Posted on Nov 20, 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


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


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


Living with global warming
From U.S. News & World Report

Global Warming? Better Figure Out How to Live With It

Many climate scientists now see global warming as inevitable (to a certain extent), and are now focusing on the controversial idea of figuring out how to live with it. U.S. News & World Report serves up the surprising details.

  • Also, check out U.S. News’ Q & A with Al Gore, and U.S. News’ story on the insurance industry cashing in on the global warming problem.

    Posted on May 31, 2006 READ MORE


  • Joint
    From the L.A. Times

    One Drug, Two Takes

    The FDA says there is no medical benefit to marijuana. Tell that to the assistant D.A. in this story, who used to prosecute drug busts but who now smokes pot to build up an appetite ravaged by AIDS.

    Posted on May 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Scientists Find ‘Missing Link’ Fossil

    A UC Berkeley biologist announces that a new fossil discovery links the famous “Lucy” skeleton (~ 3 million - 3.6 million years old) to an even more ancient human ancestor—from about 4.1 million years back.

    Posted on Apr 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Bear Ice Cap
    From polarice.com

    Climate Researchers Feeling Heat From White House

    Bush & Co. have apparently been muzzling climate scientists from speaking forthrightly to the public about global warming. Shocker, right?
    Perhaps they thought last week’s head fake on giving more free rein to NASA scientists would throw reporters off the scent….

    Posted on Apr 6, 2006 READ MORE


    Glasnost at NASA

    The space agency will now allow its scientists to speak to the media without public affairs officials muzzling them.

    Posted on Mar 31, 2006 READ MORE


    George Will
    From crooksandliars.com

    Global Warming and Its Discontents

    As George Will tries to refute the mountains of evidence pertaining to the threat of global warming, New Yorker reporter Elizabeth Kolbert discusses her new book on the subject.

    Posted on Mar 28, 2006 READ MORE


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    Time: Earth Is at the Tipping Point

    Time magazine’s special report on global warming is so worrisome that even a Bush administration scientist might take notice.

    Posted on Mar 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Rowan_Williams
    From saintfillans.org.nz

    Anglican Leader: Don’t Teach Creationism in Schools

    Rowan Williams, the leader of the Church of England, emphatically criticizes the teaching of creationism in schools.

    Posted on Mar 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Earth on Fast Track to Warming

    Greenhouse gases are being released into the atmosphere at a rate 30 times faster than the rate of emissions that caused a period of intense warming in the Earth’s past, concludes a scientific panel in St. Louis.

    Posted on Feb 20, 2006 READ MORE


    glaciers
    From www.jeffsweather.com

    Global Warming Is Found to Be Past ‘Tipping Point’

    An investigative report by The Independent (of London) concludes that a critical rise in world temperatures is now unavoidable. Comparing notes with leading scientists, the newspaper discovered that we’ve already apparently passed the point of no return. | story

    Posted on Feb 11, 2006 READ MORE


    Dark Matter Comes Out of the Cold

    Scientists for the first time have something specific to say about the most voluminous and mysterious substance in the universe. | story

    Posted on Feb 7, 2006 READ MORE



    From the BBC

    Experts Warn of Global Warming ‘Tipping Point’

    As we near a possible point of no return, even Tony Blair says climate change is advancing at an “unsustainable” rate.
    Predictably, Bush’s expert says the issue needs further study.
    Earlier: NASA’s top climate expert said the Bush administration tried to silence him.

    Posted on Jan 30, 2006 READ MORE


    ‘Pot Munchies’ Brain Compound Is Key to Anti-Obesity Pill

    In figuring out how to turn off “the munchies” in sober people, scientists may just have synthesized the next wonder drug. | story

    Posted on Jan 18, 2006 READ MORE


    Rabbit-Human hybrid illustration
    Boudewijn Mortier /home.c2i.net/stianma

    British Scientists Seeking Rabbit-Human Embryo

    The researchers want to produce genetically defective stem cells to further the study of incurable diseases. | story

    Posted on Jan 13, 2006 READ MORE



    Pandis Media/Corbis

    Dr. Germ and Mrs. Anthrax Set Free

    Why is it not bigger news that those infamous Iraqi female scientists once routinely referred to in the media as “Dr. Germ” and “Mrs. Anthrax” have been quietly released from imprisonment in Iraq without any charges being brought by their U.S. captors?

    Posted on Dec 27, 2005 READ MORE


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