April 23, 2014

7:46 PM | For A Good Time On The Intertubes Today (And Forever): Annalee Newitz Takes Survival To Extremes
Very short notice this time, folks, but once again, I’m doing the funny intertube-radio thingee.  Today’s broad/podcast brings io9 founding editor Annalee Newitz in to talk about her book Scatter, Adapt, And Remember.* We’ll be talking at 5ET, 2PT (about an hour and half from now).  Listen live or later on Virtually Speaking Science, or […]
3:35 PM | Mentions of “Earth Day” in US Congress by Party
From an interesting article in the National Journal; go read it.
3:11 PM | What you "believe" about climate change doesn't reflect what you know; it expresses *who you are*
More or less the remarks I delivered yesterday at Earthday "Climate teach in/out" at Yale University: I study risk perception and science communication. I’m going to tell you what I regard as the single most consequential insight you can learn from empirical research in these fields if your goal is to promote constructive public engagement with climate science in American society.  It's this: What people “believe” about global warming doesn’t reflect what they know; […]
3:00 PM | Building Poetry Communities on WordPress.com
From cutting-edge ezines to collaborative projects, poets and poetry lovers are finding each other on WordPress.com.
12:00 PM | Early Theme Adopters: Hemingway Rewritten
In our Early Theme Adopters series, we focus on bloggers creating great-looking sites with the most recent additions to our Theme Showcase. Today, let’s visit some of the sites that are already using Hemingway Rewritten, a free theme that makes both words and images shine.
10:39 AM | Bolden defends NASA’s exploration plans, but warns big budgets aren’t on the horizon
In a conference speech Tuesday, NASA administrator Charles Bolden warned against trying to redirect NASA’s exploration plans, while also cautioning that those plans have to fit in an environment where Apollo-era budgets aren’t realistic. “We made a decision. Some people in this room don’t like it. But we’re on our way, and you can either [...]

April 22, 2014

3:00 PM | Celebrating Earth Day 2014
Ecologists and entomologists. Natural history buffs. Bloggers with green thumbs. We're among many WordPress.com users focused on nature and the environment. Today, let's celebrate the work of some of these bloggers.
12:00 PM | Schedule Photos to Post Automatically with Postbot
Schedule photos to appear on your site automatically, with Postbot.
10:25 AM | WSJ editorial criticizes California tax break bill that benefits SpaceX
Earlier this month, the California Senate approved AB 777, legislation that would exempt space companies from paying taxes on certain property related to spaceflight, including an “orbital space facility, space propulsion system, space vehicle, launch vehicle, satellite, or space station of any kind,” as well as components of such systems. The bill is slightly different [...]
3:37 AM | Video Shows Silver Eagle Refinery Explosion
Related Training DVDs: Chemical Handling Safety Flammables Training DVD Your employees can lessen these risks by knowing how to handle flammables properly. View Product Petroleum Storage Tanks Training Video by Efilm Examines above-ground, low pressure storage tanks for flammable and combustible liquids, & more. View Product Flammable Liquids: [...]
3:12 AM | Court strikes down SeaWorld’s appeal; forbids trainers from swimming with the whales
A federal appeals court has ruled SeaWorld must provide more protection for trainers working with killer whales at its Orlando park, as ordered by OSHA. Specifically, SeaWorld trainers must be protected by physical barriers or sufficient distance from the whales. The marine park had argued that following OSHA’s order would fundamentally change its business. However, the [...]
2:31 AM | Company owner faces prison time in death of worker
Federal officials have charged the owner of an asphalt plant with violation of a safety standard causing the death of an employee. If convicted, the owner could go to jail. Martin Romano, President of MR Asphalt Inc. of Victor, MT, pleaded not guilty to the charge. If convicted, he faces six months in prison and [...]
2:08 AM | Real Footage Shows Missteps That Led To Workers Death
Related Training DVDs: Machine Guarding Safeguard Your Future Training DVD Understand the importance of knowing about and using the machine guards meant to protect them. View Product Industrial Drives: Belt Drives Training DVD Discusses ways to install and adjust new belt drive belts, the importance of general maintenance, & more. View [...]

April 21, 2014

3:00 PM | Better Tagging for Increased Traffic
Tags are great for getting more exposure and for finding interesting new blogs to follow.
12:00 PM | Monday Morning Edition
In case you missed it, a quick recap of the past week on WordPress.com, from new features to great blogs to discover.

April 20, 2014

5:39 PM | Bezos’ Law
The future of cloud computing is the availability of more computing power at a much lower cost; Moore’s law thus gives way to Bezos’ law: Over the history of cloud, a unit of computing power price is reduced by 50% approximately every three years.   The cost of cloud computing should naturally track Moore’s law […]
4:41 PM | Wha’d You Bring Him In Here For?
Sad news: Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the former boxing champion whose conviction for a triple murder was overturned after he served nearly 20 years in prison, has died of prostate cancer. Carter, whose story inspired a Bob Dylan song and a Denzel Washington film, was 76. Too soon gone; too much life stolen. Carter fought the […]
2:51 PM | No, I don't think "cultural cognition is a bad thing"; I think a *polluted science communication environment* is & we should be using genuine evidence-based field communication to address the problem
Stenton Benjamin Danielson has a characteristically thoughtful post, 95% of which I agree with, on cultural cognition, "public opinion," and promoting constructive public engagement with climate science.  But of course the 5%-- which has to do with whether I think "cultural cognition" is a "bad thing" that is to be overcome rather than a dynamic to be deployed to promote such engagement -- sticks in my craw!  Maybe this response will get us closer to 100% agreement--if not by moving […]

April 19, 2014

9:00 PM | Suzuki Proposes a War on Cars
David Suzuki notes "In railing against everything from bike lanes to transit spending, pundits and politicians often raise the spectre of a "war on cars." Of course, there is no war on cars — but there should be." [more]
6:21 PM | Alan Turing: mathematician, computer pioneer and code breaker
Found Turing’s plaque today near King’s College, Cambridge (his alma mater).Filed under: Computer science, Mathematics
6:05 PM | Project MERCCURI in the news
A recent copy of our Project MERCCURI press release Updated news coverage and links to all the clips, below, can be found at SpaceMicrobes.org/press : ‘Science Cheerleaders’ Send Experiment into Space | ABC-7 TV News (4-18-14) The SpaceX Launch Is Sending Dinosaur Microbes to the Space Station Gizmodo | (4-18-14) What Do NFL Cheerleaders, Tesla Founder Elon Musk, Toilet Bacteria, And The Space Station Have In Common? | 99.7 Now (4-18-14) SpaceX Rocket Launches To Space Station After […]
6:00 PM | Science Cheerleaders Send Experiment to Space. From ABC7
Interesting that they didn’t use Wendy’s clip when she described, in technical detail, the research! Ah well, looks like we still have lots of work to do to challenge those stereotypes! Learn more about Project MERCCURI here. Check out other press clips here.
4:05 PM | Extended Version of Hayhoe Segment
from Years of Living Dangerously [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nY1HweENTeU?list=PLmB1tUgTXBEroEQ2j55T42rXUHNrKv4cP&w=560&h=315]
3:26 PM | Footdragging on Keystone
The State Department will delay its decision on construction of the Keystone XL pipeline until it has a clearer idea of how legal challenges to the pipeline’s route through Nebraska will be settled, State Department officials said Friday [more]
3:14 PM | Economics and Ethics
The tension among purely economic (denumerable, rationalizable) behavior, ethical behavior, asserted or claimed behavior, and actual behavior, is more than a little interesting. An economist reflects on the question. [more]
3:29 AM | Save the World by Not Working So Hard
Workers of the world, relax! [more]

April 18, 2014

9:34 PM | http://planet3.org/2014/04/18/9887/
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3:00 PM | Three Quick Tips for Better Blogging
Learn how to edit your tagline, customize comment prompts, and schedule posts -- three great tips to have in your blogging back pocket.
12:28 PM | Want to improve climate-science communication (I mean really, seriously)? Stop telling just-so stories & conducting "messaging" experiments on MTurk workers & female NYU undergraduates & use genuine evidence-based methods in field settings instead
From Kahan, D., "Making Climate Science Communication Evidence-based—All the Way Down," in Culture, Politics and Climate Change, eds. M. Boykoff & D. Crow, pp. 203-21. (Routledge Press, 2014): a. Methods. In my view, both making use of and enlarging our knowledge of climate science communication requires making a transition from lab models to field experiments. The research that I adverted to on strategies for counteracting motivated reasoning consist of simplified and stylized […]
11:34 AM | Bolden and Holdren reaffirm support for asteroid mission as the next step to Mars
The head of NASA and the President’s science advisor told the NASA Advisory Council (NAC) this week that the agency’s Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) remained the next logical step of a long-term strategy to eventually send people to Mars, despite the protestations of some in Congress as well as “outside fan clubs.” “The FY15 budget [...]
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