August 19, 2014

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 […]
12:59 PM | 1994 Web Flashback
Remember, this is pre-IE 1.0, viewed with (Mosaic) Netscape or Opera (well, or Lynx — see the web browser timeline). …and it’s still alive and kicking!Filed under: Technology
9:10 AM | Toll of Jure landslide mounts
On August 2, a landslide in Nepal’s Sindhupalchowk district resulted in 33 deaths, with more than 120 missing and 400 displaced. A preliminary survey by the local District Disaster Relief Committee (DDRC) revealed 115 houses had been completely destroyed. The Nepali government has since declared all missing persons dead, bringing the total death toll to […]
8:48 AM | Following up on the DBT/DST OA policy
Earlier in July, a group of people working with the Departments of Biotechnology and Science & Technology (DBT/DST) of the Government of India had drafted an open access policy covering research funded by federal grants, and mandating their availability in a national repository. The move was lauded because it meant Indian academia was finally making […]

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! "
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