The League of Extraordinary Researchers, from Memorial University in Canada, has released an online comic book to promote its work. “THIS IS WHO WE ARE. A GROUP OF SEEKERS. A SOCIETY OF WOMEN AND MEN SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS. ALL WITH ONE COMMON THEME — GREAT
… but not so much that it needs to encourage girls to learn about science. The notice below, urging parents to “Stimulate boys’ interest”, is from an advertisement for microscopes, telescopes, and other scientific equipment by Edmund Scientific Co. in the March 1958 issue of
I hear it’s “Earth Day” today. Hooray! Do we have an Earth Day carol yet? I Wish I had a Lump of Soil I Wish I had a Clump of Clay I’d Mix it up with Compost And Call it Okay, Ooooooo… Then maybe to
In order to whip up enthusiasm about their work, and to gain attention for themselves as individuals, NASA scientists were willing to make definite predictions about future scientific studies, claiming to know what will happen before it happens. When scientists engage in this kind of exaggerated claim to knowledge, they cast doubt on their credibility as individuals and as a collective work.
Can we please stop pretending that our own personal preferences are humanity’s evolutionary destiny?
In 2008, J. Clifford wrote about the delisting of the ribbon seal under the Endangered Species Act, noting that the Bush administration was late in its determination but admiring the unusual deference to scientific opinion by the conservative president. At the time, the ribbon seal
Senator Dan Coats asks us to laugh at the silly study of the benefits of massaging bunny rabbits, but I suggest that we take a step back and actually think about it, rather than just reacting viscerally.
Perhaps now that the cold of winter has broken and the final days before spring are seeing a thaw here in the northern United States, it’s an appropriate time to mention that the surface area of sea water in the Arctic covered by ice is
Look at the 26th chapter of the book of Job, and the one thing you won’t see is a description of Earth as it appears to astronauts in outer space.
In a February 12 2015 letter to the editor of New York State’s North Country Now, an anonymous reader asks, “What Global Warming? Whatever happened to global warming? I feel short changed!” You see, it’s been cold lately. How could that be if we’re experiencing global warming?
From where I sit as I write this, I can look outside through a window, and see, even in the dim light of this early hour, that it is very snowy, and very cold, outside. It is easy to forget, in these conditions, that last