Obama’s Science Picks

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

A Message for Obama [ideonexus / Flickr] Before the holidays, Obama picked his science and science-related team. The nominees include Tom Vilsack for Agriculture, Steven Chu for Energy, Ken Salazar for Interior, Jane Lubchenco for NOAA, and Lisa Jackson for EPA. Also John Holdren, Harold Varmus, Eric Lander, and Carol Browner as ...

Message for Obama: Specific Requests

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, December 11th, 2008

[This post is part of a Message for Obama series.] Some of the Message for Obama pictures get really really specific: Please visit Gaza. Forget about the puppy talk, get a chicken for the White House! Please don't take my "assault weapon." Please do support science. Never stop podcasting. And, of ...

Traditionalists v. Progressives

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

Paul is a Christian from the DC area. He was born in small-town China and emigrated after Tiananmen. Somewhere along the way he became a master of satire. Here he poses as a "traditionalist" to explain what distinguishes him from progressives. (Hat tip to Sarolta Cump.) He didn't break character ...

Science Debate 08?

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, May 8th, 2008

See the periodic table? [Mike Mertz / Flickr] A group of scientists, educators, and business leaders is calling for Science Debate 2008, and thousands of people have signed on in support. The goal here is to convince the 08 candidates to debate big scientific issues -- issues that affect America's national ...

US Sources of Fossil-Fuel CO2

Posted by Katherine | Friday, April 25th, 2008

Stay with this one (or fast forward) through the first 30 seconds of opening credits. After that it's cool -- probutcool, actually. (Via James Mills.) Lots of maps show different sources of fossil-fuel CO2 emissions across the US. They're based on data collected by scientists from Purdue University, Colorado State ...

Nuclear War and Ozone Hole

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

[Octoferret / Flickr] This six-minute probutcool podcast episode from CU-Boulder in Colorado ties together two election issues: nuclear war and the environment. (Found by James Mills.) Michael Mills (no relation!), a research associate at the university's Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, explains: A small, regional nuclear war could create a ...