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June 27, 2014

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3:27 PM | Scientific dissensus on effect of melting "north pole ice cap"?
Apparently, some people think the answer to the climate science literacy item "Climate scientists believe that if the North Pole icecap melted as a result of human-caused global warming, global sea levels would rise"  is "true" & not "false." Take it up with NOAA: But here's another thing: it just doesn't matter. The "Ordinary Climate Science Intelligence" assessment was designed to test the hypothesis that the question "do you believe in human-caused climate change?" measures […]
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2:15 PM | What SE Florida can teach us about the *political* science of climate change
This is another section from new paper "Climate Science Communication and the Measurement problem.  That paper, which I posted yesterday, presents data showing that "conservative Republicans" know just as much as "liberal Democrats" about climate science (a very modest amount) and more importantly are just as likely to be motivated to see scientific evidence of climate change as supporting the conclusion that we face huge risks. They adopt in politics the "skeptical" stance that is […]
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1:45 PM | ULA and SpaceX trade jabs
While there have been no major developments in the legal, political, and public relations battles among SpaceX, United Launch Alliance (ULA), and the Air Force regarding competition for Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) class launches, the two companies traded jabs on Thursday in the form of court filings and advertisements. A spokesperson for SpaceX said [...]
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11:45 AM | Blogging at NYTimes and The Hindu
I’m going to draw some parallels here between the The New York Times and The Hindu in the context of Times’s decision to shut or merge up to half of its blogs (Disclosure: I launched The Hindu Blogs in December 2012 and coordinated the network until May 2014). This … Continue reading →

June 26, 2014

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10:30 PM | UK Climate Science Communication Report
A commission chaired by Chris Rapley in the UK has reported that climate scientists have failed to communicate climate science adequately. A circular firing squad immediately ensues. [more]
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9:43 PM | Consensus, Criticism, Communication
There has been unexpected vehemence in response to Cook et al's paper Quantifying the consensus on anthropogenic global warming in the scientific literature. Coauthor Andy Skuce finds that the vehemence of the rejection suggests something other than a measured scholarly critique. [more]
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7:33 PM | How Much Fuel Can Your Descendants Use?
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5:35 PM | http://planet3.org/2014/06/26/10101/
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11:48 AM | New paper: "Climate Science Communication and the Measurement Problem"
As all 14 billion readers of this blog know, when I say "tomorrow" or "this week," I really mean "tomorrow" or "next week."  Nevertheless, as I said I'd do earlier this week, I really am posting this week--as in today--a new paper.  It's the one from which the " 'external validity' ruminations" (parts one, two, & three) were drawn. The coolest part about it (from my perspectiveve at least!) is the data it presents from the administration  of two "science comprehension" tests, […]
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5:43 AM | Site under maintenance
Hello! I’m moving my site out of WordPress.com and self-hosting it. Thank you for following isnerd.wordpress.com. Henceforth, the domain isnerd.co will redirect to the self-hosted blog. If you’d like to continue receiving updates, just hit ‘Follow’ on the new blog.Filed under: … Continue reading →

June 25, 2014

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7:18 PM | Restarting the LHC: A timeline
CERN has announced the restart schedule of its flagship science “project”, the Large Hadron Collider, that will see the giant machine return online in early 2015. I’d written about the upgrades that could be expected shortly before it shut down in … Continue reading →
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6:27 PM | NRC co-chairs reiterate call for national commitment and sustained funding for human space exploration
Tuesday’s 90-minute hearing by the House Science Committee on the final report National Research Council’s Committee on Human Spaceflight broke little new ground about the report or its conclusions about where, why, and how humans should explore space beyond Earth orbit. The committee’s two co-chairs, Mitch Daniels and Jonathan Lunine, discussed the report’s conclusions as [...]
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12:04 PM | Gerstenmaier: a “lot of good things” in NRC human space exploration report
Later this morning, the full House Science Committee will hold a hearing on the “Pathways to Exploration” report by the National Research Council’s Committee on Human Spaceflight. The hearing’s charter, posted to the committee’s website yesterday evening, doesn’t offer many hints about committee members’ thoughts or lines of questioning about the report: the charter runs [...]

June 24, 2014

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3:42 PM | New House majority leader, a commercial space supporter, opposes a tool that supports commercial space
Last week House Republicans elected Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) as their new majority leader, replacing Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), who was upset in a primary election earlier this month. This should be welcome news for the commercial space industry, as McCarthy has expressed support for the industry in recent years, including sponsoring legislation to “streamline” [...]
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12:22 PM | What’s that hiding behind the poll? Perceiving public perceptions of biotechnology
Hey look! Here's something you won't find on any of those other blogs addressing how cultural cognition shapes perceptions of risk: guest posts from experts who actually know something! This one, by Jason Delborne, addresses two of my favorite topics: first, the meaning (or lack thereof) of surveys purporting to characterize public attitudes on matters ordinary people haven't thought about; & second, GM foods (including delectable mosquitoes!  MMMMM MMM!  Jason […]
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3:52 AM | New results on Higgs bosons’ decay into fermions
For a boson to be the Higgs boson, it has to be intimately related to the physical process it was hypothesized in 1964 to help understand. With new results published on June 22, physicists from CERN, the lab that runs the experiments that first … Continue reading →
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3:38 AM | Silicone Wristbands Used To Monitor Exposure To Environmental Toxins
With millions of chemicals and hazardous substances in use around us every day, with flame retardant chemicals sprayed on our curtains and furniture, with toxins in the air that we breathe do you ever wonder exactly how much of this stuff you’re actually being exposed to? Well the Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology and College [...]
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3:22 AM | Judge Says FBI Fitness-for-Duty Test is Biased
Fitness-for-duty exams that vary by gender may or may not be discriminatory, according to a federal judge. The judge ruled one exam used by the FBI is discriminatory. Jay Bauer, 40, an intelligence analyst for the FBI, applied to become a special agent with the agency. Bauer passed an initial fitness test and scored at or [...]
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3:01 AM | Positive Test for Alcohol, Cocaine and Pot, But Still Got Workers Comp
An employee says while he was working on a roof, he stood up to brush off some ants when he fell through the roof, suffering serious injuries. Blood and urine tests came back positive for alcohol and illegal drugs. Why did he get workers’ comp? Norman Gideon was replacing a roof on an old house [...]
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2:18 AM | Wal-Mart Truck Driver Was Awake 24 Consecutive Hours before Fatal Car Crash
Source Article Related CSA Training DVDs: DOT HAZMAT Federal Regulation Training Package Comply with Federal regulations eCFR 49, 172.704 Training Requirements. SubPart H. View Product Hours of Service Driver Training Program – DVD Training Kit Covers the new Hours-of-Service rules drivers must comply with as of February 27, 2012 and July 1, [...]

June 23, 2014

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11:14 PM | Croatia, Czech Republic and Slovakia among members of Anne Glover’s new European Science Advisers Forum
Several East European countries took part in the first meeting of a pan-European network of chief science advisers - people who advise governments on a range of issues based on scientific evidence - in Copenhagen, Denmark, yesterday. The meeting took place at the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF2014) conference with Eastern European representatives coming from Croatia, Czech Republic and Slovakia. The Hungarian representative was scheduled to take part but did not attend, a press briefing at […]
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1:06 PM | They've already gotten the memo! What the public (Rs & Ds) think "climate scientists believe"
I’ve explained in a couple of posts why I think experimental evidence in support of “messaging” scientific consensus is externally invalid and why real-world instances of this “messaging” strategy can be expected to reinforce polarization. But here is some new evidence (from a new paper, which I'll post this week) that critically examines the premise of the “message 97%” strategy: namely, that political polarization over climate change is caused by a […]
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2:30 AM | Science Quiz – June 23, 2014
Every week, I create a science quiz for The Hindu newspaper’s In School product. Although it is geared exclusively at school students, it should be available for adults as well because it’s a great place to find the news packaged plain … Continue reading →

June 22, 2014

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9:41 PM | For Those Who Deny Denial
Have a look at the link. Let’s play “Spot the Denial” in a mindbogglingly wrong piece by Joe Bastardi. There’s plenty to choose from this time.
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