Archives for September 2006

Scientists Enter the Political Debate

A new organization was launched yesterday Scientists and Engineers for America, dedicated to electing public officials who respect evidence and understand the importance of using scientific and engineering advice in making public policy. The group was organized by scientists and former nobel laureates, and other citizens. According to SEA, “scientists and engineers have a right, […]

The Decline of the Aspen

An interesting article caught my attention as I was scrolling through the New York Times online. It was entitled Emblem of the West is Dying, No One Can Figure Out Why. The emblem? The Aspen Tree. Image: A Stand of Aspen Trees Image: Aspen Leaves One of the most beautiful trees to observe in nature, […]

Taking Science to School–A New Report on K – 8 Science

Taking Science to School: Learning and Teaching Science in Grades K-8 is a new report soon to be released by the National Research Council of the National Academies. The report was supported with grants from the National Academy of Sciences and the National Science Foundation. The report attempts to integrate research literature from cognitive and […]

Ethanol from Brazil: A Lesson in Science and Social Responsibility

Perhaps one of the important trends over the past 20 years in science teaching has been the “science and social responsibility movement” which resulted in programs that have impacted K-12 schools, not only in the US, but in many countries around the world. The Web made it possible for students in different countries to collaborate […]

Should Nuclear Energy Be A Central Part of an Energy Plan?

James Lovelock’s new book, The Revenge of Gaia: Earth’s Climate Crisis & The Fate of Humanity, deal with this issue, and he makes the claim that it should be the central part of a mix of energy sources to power humanity’s energy demands. Why would he make this claim when the Gaia Hypothesis is one […]

The Stone Age Didn't End Because We Ran Out of Stones

I read an article today by Thomas Friedman of the New York Times in which he quoted a legendary Saudi oil Sheik cautioning his oil colleagues that the stone age ended because humans invented alternative tools. The Sheik went on to say that the oil age is not going to end because we run out […]

The Stone Age Didn’t End Because We Ran Out of Stones

I read an article today by Thomas Friedman of the New York Times in which he quoted a legendary Saudi oil Sheik cautioning his oil colleagues that the stone age ended because humans invented alternative tools. The Sheik went on to say that the oil age is not going to end because we run out […]

Solutions to Global Heating

For the past several years, James Lovelock, has proposed the use of nuclear power plants as the solution to the problem of greenhouse gases, and their impact on the earth’s temperature. In fact he suggests that huge nuclear plants are the only way to go to solve the greenhouse gas problem, and the increasing need […]

I Hope My Child Is Not Left Behind

There was an article in this week’s Newsweek Magazine titled, The New First Grade: Too Much Too Soon? which raised questions about what schools are doing to young students in the name of education. There is an add on television about one of the Internet service providers that uses the Slowski’s (two turtles) who complain […]