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Dramatizing Science: The League of Extraordinary Researchers

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

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America Needs Scientists…

… 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

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On Earth Day 2015, Consider the Year So Far

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

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NASA Scientists Claim To Know The Future

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.

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How Many in the Sea? Automatic Detection of Ribbon Seals

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

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A Very Cold 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

Psst... what kind of person doesn't support pacifism?