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Won a Nobel? Go nuts!

Won a Nobel? Go nuts!

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.

October 18, 2007 — Philip Yam
James Watson and eugenics

James Watson and eugenics

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.

October 18, 2007 — Gary Stix
UK declares Al Gore made 9 errors in An Inconvenient Truth; Germany rushes to his defense

UK declares Al Gore made 9 errors in An Inconvenient Truth; Germany rushes to his defense

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).

October 15, 2007 — Christopher Mims
Hillary brings up science, but will it stay in play?

Hillary brings up science, but will it stay in play?

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.

October 8, 2007 — Nikhil Swaminathan
Clinton promises solar sunrise, will Ausra deliver?

Clinton promises solar sunrise, will Ausra deliver?

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).

September 27, 2007 — David Biello
Hysterical about hysteria

Hysterical about hysteria

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.

September 26, 2007 — George Musser
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

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.

August 31, 2007 — Christopher Mims

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