Posts tagged ‘science’

June 6, 2012

MP Bulletin Extra: In Remembrance of Ray Bradbury

As many of you may already know, Ray Bradbury passed away today at the age of 91. His works have stimulated our minds, inspired us to look into the future and allowed us to lose ourselves in the depth of his storytelling. Unlike many other wonderful writers who often leave us wanting more only to find we have devoured all they had created, Mr. Bradbury prolific career left hundreds of stories in which we can continue to enjoy and delve into his boundless imagination for many years to come.

What are your favorites?  What do you remember of the man and his writings?

Below are 3 articles I have collected today from the expanse of pieces remembering the man. I think they provide some memorable insights into the person he was, his writings and his ability to envision the not too distant future.   

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May 31, 2012

The Daily Scoop: Star Trek Sci-Fi Gadgets become Reality

MIT Researchers Create Star Trek-Style Needleless Injections

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May 28, 2012

The Daily Scoop: Anti-Climate Change Institute’s Dwindling Support

The Heartland Institute, the world’s most prominent think-tank promoting scepticism about man-made climate change, is getting a lot of heat. In recent weeks it has lost an estimated $825,000 in expected donations, a couple of directors and almost its entire branch in Washington, DC. At its annual shindig in Chicago this week, the institute’s president, Joseph Bast, said Heartland had “discovered who our real friends are.” The 100-odd guests who failed to show up for the “7th Climate Conference” were not among them.

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May 3, 2012

Daily Scoop Xtra: Is Climate Change Hitting Home?

After a year of freakish and destructive weather, Americans are finally waking up to the dangers of climate change

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The Williams River was so languid and lovely last Saturday morning that it was almost impossible to imagine the violence with which it must have been running on August 28, 2011. And yet the evidence was all around: sand piled high on its banks, trees still scattered as if by a giant’s fist, and most obvious of all, a utilitarian temporary bridge where for 140 years a graceful covered bridge had spanned the water.

The YouTube video of that bridge crashing into the raging river was Vermont’s iconic image from its worst disaster in memory, the record flooding that followed Hurricane Irene’s rampage through the state in August 2011.  It claimed dozens of lives, as it cut more than a billion-dollar swath of destruction across the eastern United States.

New data released last month by researchers at Yale and George Mason universities show that a lot of Americans are growing far more concerned about climate change, precisely because they’re drawing the links between freaky weather, a climate kicked off-kilter by a fossil-fuel guzzling civilization and their own lives.

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May 3, 2012

The Daily Scoop: Study; Fracking Waste May Migrate to Aquifers Faster than Predicted

A new study has raised fresh concerns about the safety of gas drilling in the  Marcellus Shale, concluding that fracking chemicals injected into the ground  could migrate toward drinking water supplies far more quickly than experts have  previously predicted.

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April 21, 2012

Do We Still Need Earth Day?

This is the first Earth Day I have made an effort to take part in its celebration. My regular readers may find this a bit odd given the topics about which I opine. As an educated environmental scientist not taking part in the annual April 22ndobservance in some capacity may well be seen as dipping a toe into the pool of heresy. Perhaps it is. But then again I tend to be Earth Day-ish everyday.

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April 18, 2012

The Daily Scoop: Science, religion and policy – Part 2 [Video]

Continuing with today’s theme Part 2 is the 2007 award winning, NOVA documentary about the landmark court case challenging the Dover, Pennsylvania school district’s policy advocating intelligent design. The documentary includes numerous interviews with the small town’s citizens from both sides of the issue delving into their deeply held beliefs and feelings. It also tells the story of the court case and the breadth of evidence from both sides. While long, it is truly worth watching.

If there are problems viewing the video or if it is slow try watching it HERE.

April 18, 2012

The Daily Scoop: Science, religion and policy – Part 1

The Daily Scoop will delve into a controversial area today. Spurred by the direction a recent discussion took and coupled with the discovery of the article here examining some intersections of religion, policy and science, the debate between Theory of Evolution and creationism will be the theme today. The article here gives some insight into the recent Tennessee bill that was seen by many as an open door to bring intelligent design (or creationism) into the classroom, to be taught along side scientific theory. The author provides some good insight into the minds of the legislators who presented the bill and their astonishment over the controversy it created. It’s well worth reading along with the linked companion article it refers to at the beginning. The second part of today’s Daily Scoop is a video about a landmark court case in Dover, Pennsylvania involving the teaching of intelligent design in the high school there. 

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April 10, 2012

The Daily Scoop: Clean Air Helps the Economy

Environmental regulation doesn’t kill jobs; it creates them

In December, the Obama administration approved long-overdue environmental regulations requiring U.S. power plants to reduce emissions of mercury, arsenic, and other toxic metals. The Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, or air toxics rule, is expected to prevent up to 11,000 premature deaths a year and have many other health benefits. And yet conservative members of Congress oppose it.

Why? Because they say it will “kill jobs.” This is a familiar tactic for politicians opposed to any sort of regulation. Conservatives have been scarily disciplined in appending the job-killing label to all regulations, both old and new.

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April 9, 2012

The Daily Scoop: The Best Watchdog Journalism On Fracking

Here are a series of articles compiled by ProPublica on the issue of fracking in the US from 2004 to 2012. Well worth reading through.

Halliburton’s Interests Assisted by White House

Los Angeles Times, October 2004

Buried Secrets: Is Natural Gas Drilling Endangering U.S. Water Supplies?

ProPublica, November 2008

State Oil and Gas Regulators Are Spread Too Thin To Do Their Jobs

ProPublica, December 2009

Game Changer

This American Life, July 2011

Find the full list here….