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As a long-time science journalist, I have learned to take what James Watson says with a grain of salt. Even so, I was caught off guard by the outrageousness of his latest words.
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory issued a statement from its board of trustees that addressed remarks by James Watson that were reported in The Sunday Times U.K.
The UK has its share of climate change skeptics, such as school principle Stewart Dimmock of Kent, who was attempting to use the English courts to have An Inconvenient Truth banned from schools there on the grounds that it contains a number of errors (earlier this year the government sent copies of the film to every school in the UK).
Nobel committee to climate change deniers: "Your mother was a hamster and your father smelled of elderberries."*
* There's no use pretending that today's announcement that Al Gore and the IPCC are to share the Nobel Peace Prize for their work on climate change is not in some way political.
Save for the media swarm in the wake of the hand raises by Republican candidates Sam Brownback, Mike Huckabee and Tom Tancredo, it appears Hillary Clinton is the first to put science in the spotlight in the race for the White House.
That's the main thing I took away from the inaugural episode of the new show WIRED Science. But don't take my word for it -- intrepid gumshoe Adam Rogers visited the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia, home of the world's largest chemistry set collection in order to get the straight dope.
via The Onion, natch The Onion's decades-long critique of science journalism and the public's understanding of science is nothing short of remarkable.
Good old Bill Clinton has done it again. Perhaps inspired by David Mills' speculation on the capacity of solar thermal power plants to deliver emissions-free electricity in this country, his confab going on in NYC presently has united said visionary's solar thermal company Ausra with utility giants Florida Power and Light (FPL) and Pacfic Gas and Electric (PG&E).
I've been really bothered by coverage of the supposed meteorite in southeastern Peru and of villagers getting sick. People have been way too quick to leap to mass hysteria as the explanation for the strange events.
Busted: PR Flacks who ran afoul of the science blogosphere, including a brand new flack for Stuart Pivar who showed up right here on this blog
Not that anyone should care about the attempt by New York businessman Stuart Pivar to sue prominent science blogger PZ Myers of Pharyngula anymore, since the suit was just dismissed, but I just noticed that two of the pro-Pivar comments* on the original post in which I broke the PZ/Pivar story were by a "Matthew Richards," who claims to be an attorney.
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