A Fresh Look at the Cosmos?

Last week, San Diego enjoyed its yearly deluge of science-fiction, fantasy, and pop-culture during its yearly Comic-Con convention. And to be sure, there were thousands of attendees, lots of costumes and plenty of news about upcoming film and TV projects. I’ve never attended (the long lines just don’t seem worth it to me) but I…

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Distasteful

I don’t drink a lot of soda. It’s something that I gave up about a decade ago. Never looked back, really. But I saw a couple of threads the other morning about Pepsi that caught my eye. Specifically, the accusation that Pepsi is using human fetal tissue in its sodas. Now, like many of us,…

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Is Perception Reality?

We don't see things as they are, we see things as we are. -Anais Nin. Last week, the Pew Research Center published the results of a survey of several thousand Americans on the perception of science in this country – half were professional scientists, half were not (i.e. the public). First the good news.  People…

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Scientific Communication

I saw a recent blog post about how the American Chemical Society was going to phase out hard copies of the journals that they produce – going strictly online in the future. Now, this has probably been coming for a while – I’d say >95% of the journal articles I read in the last five…

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When The Scientists Go Marching Out

There was an interesting piece of news that popped up last week that the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology informed Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal that they would not be holding their 2011 meeting in New Orleans as they had planned because of the passage of the Louisiana Science Education Act in 2008, which provides…

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