Charles Darwin Online

(via Pharyngula) The complete work of Charles Darwin This site currently contains more than 50,000 searchable text pages and 40,000 images of both publications and handwritten manuscripts. There is also the most comprehensive Darwin bibliography ever published and the largest manuscript catalogue ever assembled. More than 150 ancillary texts are also included, ranging from secondary … Continue reading “Charles Darwin Online”

North Korean Dud?

(via What’s new by Bob Park – Friday, October 13, 2006) 1. FIZZLE? SOMETHING EXPLODED, BUT NOBODY SEEMS TO KNOW WHAT. There was a seismic event near Kilju, North Korea. The signature was characteristic of an explosion: a sharp leading edge, unlike the release of elastic energy in a tectonic movement. But so far there … Continue reading “North Korean Dud?”

Scientists and Engineers for America

(via the Bad Astronomy Blog) SEFORA Check out the Bill of Rights for Scientists and Engineers: Effective government depends on accurate, honest and timely advice from scientists and engineers. Science demands an open, transparent process of review and access to the best scholars from around the nation and the world. Mistakes dangerous to the nation’s … Continue reading “Scientists and Engineers for America”

Guess what was missing from the Smart Grant list?

(via What’s new by Bob Park – Friday, August 25, 2006) 2. EVOLUTION: GUESS WHAT WAS MISSING FROM THE SMART-GRANT LIST? The Chronicle of Higher Education reported on Tuesday that the list of majors that qualify for Smart grants, prepared by the Department of Education, had a blank line. It turned out to be the … Continue reading “Guess what was missing from the Smart Grant list?”

Stupid Science Reporting

And then there were 8: It was unclear how Pluto’s demotion might affect the mission of NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, which earlier this year began a nine-year journey to the oddball object to unearth more of its secrets. Why would anyone think Pluto’s “demotion” would have any affect on the New Horizons spacecraft? It’s not … Continue reading “Stupid Science Reporting”

We’re all going to die…

…or not. A projected trajectory shows the asteroid, Apophis (named for the Egyptian god of death and darkness), will come very close to our planet in 2029, and have a chance of hitting Earth on its next pass in 2036. … Apollo 9 astronaut Russell L. Schweickart, an advocate of organizing to prepare for such … Continue reading “We’re all going to die…”

President Bush Chooses Superstition Over Science

(via What’s new by Bob Park – Friday, July 21, 2006) 1. STEM CELLS: PRESIDENT BUSH CHOOSES SUPERSTITION OVER SCIENCE. On Wednesday, Mr. Bush vetoed the “Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act.” The first veto of his presidency was exercised to protect surplus embryonic stem cells in fertility clinics from research, thus preserving their “dignity” so … Continue reading “President Bush Chooses Superstition Over Science”