August 20, 2014

3:38 PM | Conditional probability is hard -- but teaching it *shouldn't* be!
So, consider these two problems:  A. Which is more difficult? B. Which is it easier to teach someone to do correctly? My answers: BAYES is more difficult but also easier to each someone to do correctly.  Does that seem plausible to you? I won't be surprised if you say no, particularly if your answer reflects experience in seeing how poorly people do with conditional probability problems. But if you disagree with me, I do want to challenge your sense of what the problem is Okay, so […]
3:18 AM | The Leader’s Role in Safety
There are a lot quixotic efforts out there to find the one key to making the workplace safety. This search for the safety equivalent of the city of Cibola has led to a lot of flakey methodologies and given rise to the age of zealots in the safety function—people so unwilling to even consider a [...]
2:59 AM | Study: People Working More Than One Job at Greater Risk for Fatigue
Recent reports show the number of people working part-time jobs is at an all-time high. And many of those people are working more than one job. What are the implications for workplace safety because of the number of people working multiple jobs? You’d expect this might cause greater fatigue among these workers. Now a new [...]
2:30 AM | Lights, Camera … Accident: Workplace Fatalities in the Movie Industry [Photo Gallery]
The movie industry’s safety history is no fairy tale. In fact, the death of a 27-year-old camera assistant during filming of the Gregg Allman biopic “Midnight Rider” is the latest in a long list of real-life movie-set tragedies, dating back to the nascent days of Hollywood. Read Full Article At Related Training DVDs: Workplace Safety [...]
2:10 AM | Worker Killed by Wood Chipper: Here’s What Went Wrong
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August 19, 2014

10:21 PM | Garbage Out, Garbage In
Nobody knows how dangerous the floating plastic garbage in the ocean is. But somebody knows how to pad that up to a long form article anyway. The gist of the article is in three scary sentences, quoted here to save you time. [more]
3:21 PM | Buzz Aldrin endorses candidate in Alaska Senate race
Republicans in Alaska are going to the polls today to select a candidate to run against incumbent Sen. Mark Begich (D) in the November general election. One of those candidates is hoping that a last-minute endorsement from a famous former astronaut who typically does not get involved in campaigns will help swing a few of [...]
2:19 PM | The curious case of a deleted commentary on SpaceX
SpaceX is no stranger to both strong support and harsh criticism of its activities, particularly in political circles. Last month, for example, three members of the House of Representatives asked NASA for details on an “epidemic of anomalies” they claimed the company’s Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft have experienced. But the company’s decision early [...]
1:38 PM | "What exactly is going on in their heads?" (And in mine?) Explaining "knowing disbelief" of climate change
During my trip to Australia, I presented The Measurement Problem twice in one day, first at Monash University and then at RMIT University. I should have presented two separate lectures but I’m obsessed—disturbed even—by the results of the MP study so I couldn’t resist the opportunity to collect two sets of reactions. In fact, I spent the several hours between the lectures discussing the challenges of measuring popular climate-science comprehension with University of […]

August 17, 2014

9:28 PM | Profiles In Courage
Republicans and global warming: In stark contrast to their party’s public stance on Capitol Hill, many Republicans privately acknowledge the scientific consensus that human activity is at least partially responsible for climate change and recognize the need to address the problem. However, they see little political benefit to speaking out on the issue… Anthony Adragna, […]

August 16, 2014

12:27 PM | Muse Hack interview with Darlene Cavalier, founder of Science Cheerleader and SciStarter
" First and foremost, we want to help people recognized that they are as entitled as anyone else to play active roles in science and technology. In the process, we’ve been able to help a lot of researchers and other people organizing participatory research and civic engagement projects, recruit skilled participants. A win/win! "

August 15, 2014

4:10 PM | Fables of the Reconstruction, Part Deux
If you’re reading this, you owe it to yourself to check out my Balloon Juice colleague Richard Mayhew’s post on the con in conservative proposals for health care reform.  Shorter:  the “reform” is to make sure the wrong people get less and more expensive care under the guise of a variety of measures claimed to […]

August 14, 2014

3:57 PM | Improving SOFIA
Although a final resolution may not come until late this year, when Congress finally approves a fiscal year 2015 appropriations bill, it appears that NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) program has survived its near-death experience. While the administration’s 2015 budget request slashed SOFIA’s funding and recommended it be placed in storage should NASA [...]
2:16 PM | Brandi : Master’s Degree and former Indianapolis Colts cheerleader
Brandi has a Master’s Degree  and she cheered for the Indianapolis Colts. Hi, Brandi! What turned you on to science? What turned me on to science was my interest in discovering a cure for cancer. I had a grandfather, who was a vivid portrait painter, creator, and artist. He was diagnosed with lung cancer when I was very young, and succumbed to the disease within months of his diagnosis. My only true memory of him was spending time at his...[ Read Full Story ]

August 13, 2014

11:27 PM | Monbiot On Saving Nature with Price Mechanisms
He's opposed. And he makes a good case. [more]
8:41 PM | Republicans Got Nothing…
So they cheat: The National Republican Congressional Committee, which came under fire earlier this year for a deceptive series of fake Democratic candidate websites that it later changed after public outcry, has launched a new set of deceptive websites, this time designed to look like local news sources. The NRCC has created about two dozen […]
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[youtube] A flash flood enters a newly renovated hospital lobby in Kearney NE; this video was released by the hospital and has been posted to YouTube a bunch of times. The Good Samaritan Hospital Facebook post says: While our recovery efforts from the flash flooding early Saturday morning continue on a nearly round-the-clock basis, our services for patients have all been been restored. [more]
3:13 PM | Orion manager warns he’s “challenged” to make December 2017 launch
In two separate public appearances last week, the manager of NASA’s Orion spacecraft warned that he is “challenged” to keep Orion on track for the first Space Launch System (SLS) mission in late 2017. Mark Geyer spoke at the Mars Society’s annual conference in Houston on Saturday, one day after SLS program manager Todd May [...]

August 12, 2014

10:16 PM | I ♥ Item Response Theory -- and you can too!
As the 14 billion readers of this blog are aware, I’ve been working for the last 37 years—making steady progress all the while—on developing a “public science comprehension measure” suited for use in the study of public risk perception and science communication. The most recent version of the resulting scale—“Ordinary Science Intelligence 2.0” (OSI_2.0)—informs the study reported in Climate Science Communication and the Measurement Problem. […]
2:09 PM | Alabama businesses support launch competition
In a letter earlier this month to several members of the state’s Congressional delegation, a group of Alabama aerospace suppliers expressed their support for greater competition in the launch industry, without mentioning the company that could benefit the most from such competition. “As Alabama-based suppliers to our country’s leading providers of space launch services, we [...]
12:45 PM | And the Internet Shall Make Us Free, Gender Equity Division
I have a friend in the science writing game (many actually; I’m a wealthy man that way).  This particular friend has built a career out of writing about physics, mostly, along with a bit of math,* all with a truly distinct style, voice, and stance.  The work begins from the true premise: physics and the […]
3:16 AM | Don't even think of going there: the "whose is bigger" question on climate science literacy
A curious correspondent posed these questions to me relating to scores on the "ordinary climate science intelligence" assessment: My question is about the last figure in your posting here on your OCSI instrument and results. The last figure is a historgram of the No. correct (on your OCSI instrument?) personal beliefs about warming causes (human, natural, no warming). I have several questions: 1. INTERPRETATION of final figure. Am I interpreting your result correctly by concluding that it […]
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1:40 AM | Will an OSHA violation bar companies from new federal contracts?
A new executive order from President Obama will create more scrutiny of companies that want federal contracts. Included in what the feds will look at: OSHA violations within the last three years. Are all OSHA violators now barred from federal contracts? Not necessarily. The Fair Pay and Safe Workplace Executive Order (EO) will require prospective federal [...]
1:13 AM | Truck driver fired for alcoholism diagnosis: Was termination against law?
Federal rules say a current diagnosis of alcoholism prohibits an employee from driving commercial trucks. So why was this company hauled into court when it fired an employee who could no longer drive under this rule? Sakera Jarvela was a truck driver for Crete Carrier Corp. in Georgia. While employed by Crete, he sought treatment [...]
12:50 AM | Wake up! How to give boring safety briefings a shot in the arm
It’s happened to the best of us. You’re standing in front of a room of people, tasked with the job of delivering a safety briefing. You’ve put on your best suit, practiced your presentation and double-checked your data. Yet as you look out at your audience, you are confronted by a sea of bored faces, [...]
12:32 AM | 3 Tips to Reduce Noise in The Office
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August 11, 2014

9:01 PM | What’s On Topic for Planet3.0
This site is about sustainability in the large, that is, the possibility that the Earth, including both human civilization and rich ecosystems, will sustain for a very long time into the future. Sustainability means avoiding foreclosing on the options available to future generations. This site is intended for honest discussions as to how we can do this.

August 10, 2014

11:42 PM | Net Global Radiative Imbalance
Improvements in characterizing global interannual variation and trend in global heat flux. Yes there probably is an upward trend. There is substantial uncertainty in the vertical axis offset, though it probably is warming. And yes, El Nino years are cooling years. Does this surprise you? Allan, R. P., C. Liu, N. [more]
9:58 PM | Has the era of the ‘climate change refugee’ begun?
The Washington Post reports that a Tuvalan couple has obtained refugee status in New Zealand at least partially on account of sea level rise. [more]
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