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 […]