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7 July 2010

Science and Democracy II: Dumbing Ourselves to Death

Frank Adams has a must read article on the NPR web site. Click the image below to read it. He is absolutely right. We are totally failing in America to educate our young people in science. Don’t believe me? Attend any college graduation, and look at the nationality of those who are getting the PhD’s.

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5 July 2010

Science in America 2010- From The Guardian in London

In the same week that Dr. Michael Mann was completely cleared of charges that he was conducting science outside of normal standards comes this: Mann was the last one- every other person accused by those who poured through the stolen emails have already been completely cleared. The Guardian story pretty much explains the type of people that made the charges. Nutters. Dan

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1 July 2010

Yet Another Magic Bracelet

So I go out to eat on my birthday Wednesday and what do I see? This sign at a fitness store next to my fave tex-mex place. Could it be another scam. Yes indeedy! I wonder how many thousands they have scammed?? Let’s take a look at their website and see what unscientific goodies we can find. Here is what they claim on their web site: •What is Power Balance? …

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27 June 2010

I- Renew Bracelet – Why is MSNBC airing this Junk? (Are there really that many stupid people in America?)

(Note this post has been updated as of 15 Aug.) So I turn on MSNBC here in the hotel today to catch up on the days news and on pops this commercial for the i-Renew bracelet. Here is the advert below. I went to the company web site and they have a photo of a Mr. Scott Becker MD who is also in their commercial. Look at the quote: From …

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20 June 2010

The Climate Denial Crock of The Week

I wrote a post here about the so called “climategate” emails several months ago. None of these have ever been published here because they were private and were stolen. That’s a felony . Most of the public have never even heard about them, which is not surprising. Unfortunately, the minority of conspiracy theorists out there have been busy sending death threats to some of the top experts in the world. …

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14 March 2010

Texas 1 Science 0 or Why you should pull your kids out of public school in Texas.

The war on science in America shows no signs of abating. If anything, it’s gotten much worse. While I try hard to avoid politics on this journal, when people try to change science to their own beliefs or rewrite history for the same reasons, I’m going to talk about it. It doesn’t matter what political party you belong to. This case has to do with some political extremists who run …

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No Matter What You Call It- It's a waste of time and energy.

The U.S. has recently lengthened by one month the annual setting of the clocks ahead by one hour. If you are in the USA, the time to do this is 2 AM this Sunday morning 14 March. The UK, and most of western Europe, will not jump forward until 28 March. Supposedly, the first person to have the idea was none other than Ben Franklin who argued it would save …

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6 March 2010

The Cold Hard Science Behind "Climate Gate"

I am a proud member of the International Association of Broadcast Meteorologists. Many of us who do weather on TV and radio realise that we may very well be the only person of science the average person sees each day. Those of us in the IABM take that responsibility very seriously. We strive to give accurate information on not only weather but on science in general. Paul Gross of the …

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24 February 2010

Amazing Ignorance- You have to see Phil Plaits Post

One of the very best science blogs online is written by astronomer and author Phil Plait. He has been covering the story of the magic wands the Iraqi government has been buying to detect bombs. These things work as well as those copper bracelets you see advertised on late night TV. You know, the ones that are supposed to make you feel great and work better. They even have sports …

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20 February 2010

January Global Temps 4th Warmest On Record- NOAA

The National Climate Data Center (NOAA) has released the January global temperature data. January 2010 is the 4th warmest on record globally. What is more interesting is that looking at ocean temps. alone it was the second warmest on record. Only 1998, with it’s very strong El Nino, were the oceans warmer. As I mentioned in the previous post, the heavy snowfall events of the past 6 weeks along the …

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