Georgia Tech's Judith Curry has authored an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal claiming that "there is less urgency to phase out greenhouse gas emissions now" than in the past. This could not be further from the truth.
Seven days; lots of science in the news. Here's our roundup of this week's most notable and quotable items.
Watching video evidence does not necessarily ensure a unified or accurate understanding of the facts of a case. In fact, how people watch evidence may exaggerate an "us versus them" divide already present in the legal system.
In human history, no practice has more profoundly advanced human understanding of the natural world than that of science. So it seems tragic, in the year 2014, that science should require a defense (by a comedy writer, no less).
As the devastating outbreak continues to spread in West Africa, it may be silently immunizing large numbers of people who never fall ill or infect others, yet become protected from future infection. If this is true, it would have significant ramifications for outbreak projections
Many people have a need to be remembered well, even if that motivation is hidden, so sparking it can shift the focus to future others. Public policies that encourage futuristic contemplation might be one tool for stemming the ravages of climate change before it's too late.
There are many factors we could cite, but to discover the biggest reason, follow the big money.
Thinking about whether a particular set of religious practices or beliefs would make sense on a different planet might be a valuable exercise in understanding ourselves.
Remarkably, people with Down syndrome have an increased incidence of leukemia but a much lower incidence of solid tissue tumors. What is it about the extra copy of chromosome 21 that protects them from solid tumors but predisposes them to blood cancers?
I have been an avid science fiction reader all my life, but as an astronomer for over half my life, the essential paradox of my fantasy world can no longer be maintained. Basically, science tells us that traveling fast enough to make interstellar travel possible requires more money than society will ever be able to invest in the attempt.
It appears that making typos in your personal profile does not significantly harm the impression you make, unless you type your profile wearing ski gloves. One possible exception is if you hope to date a writer or editor, or someone as uptight about language use as I am, but who would want to do that?
There is no such thing as power to spare in our world today, yet overconsumption continues, despite warnings and encouragement to cut down on electricity usage.
The Nobel Prize in physics was awarded last week to Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura, who devised a way to create a semi-conductor that emits blue, thus enabling the LEDs that illuminate our phones, televisions, and computers. They provide an opportunity for us to reflect back on the cultural potency of blueness.
A study published earlier this month in Nature suggested, controversially, that noncaloric artificial sweeteners could induce glucose intolerance, typified by conditions such as pre-diabetes and diabetes. In other words, the chemicals we developed to cater to a diabetic market may in fact be causing diabetes.
Yes, it's true that about a third of species we've evaluated are threatened with extinction, and that we've killed about half of all our wildlife in the past forty years. But with all the gloomy predictions being thrown about, you may not know that the Sixth Mass Extinction is not a done deal.
The U.S. did not apply the knee-jerk capitalistic model of mobilizing competition. Had we succumbed to that model, the government might have offered grants and other incentives to encourage individual scientists, universities, private and publicly held companies to compete in a race to develop the bomb -- with benefits to the winner.
Do you ever wonder about the meaning of life, and in particular your life? Well, of course you do, but maybe you should ease up on the angst. There are academics who say you don't have a life. You're just an app.
Going into space is not really a scientific endeavor at all. It may be done for any or all of political, commercial, sociological -- even spiritual -- purposes, but it isn't too much about science. We need to separate our thinking here.
While many difficult scientific issues remain to be resolved, one thing is clear: WHO and its scientific and industry partners are making sure that no stone is left unturned, that no international standards for safety and quality are compromised.