March 29, 2009
You don't say?

I'm flipping channels and come across the ScienceHD channel showing "Snowball Earth." The summary reads: Scientists postulate that the Earth was once sheathed in ice and complex animals evolved when the planet thawed, due to the release of carbon dioxide. Wow, carbon dioxide is good for little cuddly bunny rabbits and other living things? Who […]

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March 12, 2009
Three random items

Three random items of interest: The United States vaunted military-industrial complex has apparently forgotten the technical knowledge necessary to make Trident missiles. Robert P. George and Eric Cohen on President Barack Obama's odious embryonic stem cell research funding decision. Ed Whelan compares President Barack Obama's signing statement issued with the $410 billion omnibus spending bill […]

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March 9, 2009
Obama's pay grade increased

When asked by Pastor Rick Warren "at what point does a baby get human rights?" Then-candidate Barack Obama responded that the question was "above his pay grade." Today, Obama increased his pay grade, stating that human embryos are definitely before the point at which a baby gets human rights -- or even a modicum of […]

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November 25, 2008
Beware of journalists doing math... or science

If you ever wondered why there's so much global warming hysteria in the media -- it's ignorance of science encouraged by "scientists with an agenda." Today's example of scientific illiteracy comes from the Associated Press. WARSAW, Poland – Researchers said Thursday they have identified the remains of Nicolaus Copernicus by comparing DNA from a skeleton […]

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June 17, 2008
Oil is not a renewable resource

There are certain scientific discoveries that make fools out of the doomsayers. Decades ago Paul Ehrlich predicted a "population bomb" where the growth of the Earth's human population would become unsustainable and result in the starvation and death of millions. Advances in biotechnology allowed more food than ever to be grown on less land than […]

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April 21, 2008
Imagine

What if "fossil fuels" weren't made of fossils at all? What if the earth naturally made petroleum? What if gasoline was a renewable resource? Imagine the howls from the environmentalist left if there was no such thing as "peak oil." It may be true. Just what the latest Brazil find (dubbed "Sugarloaf Mountain") could mean […]

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January 17, 2008
Sound science = Science I agree with

Viking Pundit notes that the Democrat presidential hopefuls are not above subordinating science when it comes in conflict with political advantage.

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March 19, 2007
Today in mathgeekdom

Eighteen professors and a ton of computing power has solved E8. Nope, I don't know what it means. Nope, I don't understand what potential benefits this has. I'm only posting this because of this minor fact: Yet an international team of math whizzes cracked E8's symmetrical code in a large-scale computing project, which produced about […]

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February 25, 2007
Al Gore wins!

It was perhaps the surest Oscar bet of the past 30 years. That Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" would win the prize for Best Documentary. (Complete list of winners here.) Were the bookies in Vegas even taking bets on that category? Probably not, they're not that stupid. Last Monday, the Union-Tribune's new ombudsman wrote about […]

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July 31, 2006
Serious about global warming?

Every two years around election time politicians are faced with the question of whether they want to pass a bill or have an issue in the upcoming election. It's cynical, but that's the way politicians minds work. Along those same lines, a Nobel Prize-winning scientist has come up with a relatively painless solution to the […]

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