Archives for February 2007

Teachers of Green, Part Two

Yesterday’s blog featured California, Al Gore, and scientific researchers as teachers of green. Today, I want to expand this and include one of the earliest of environmentalists, Stuart Brand. Brand authored a popular and influential book entitled The Whole Earth Catalog. A Thirtiest Anniversary Edition of the Whole Earth Catalog was published recently. Brand was […]

Teachers of Green

There was a very interesting article by PAUL KRUGMAN entitled Colorless Green Ideas in the New York Times. In it he debunked the claim that that curbing greenhouse gases would detrimental to our way of life and our economy. There are a lot of people who think that it would seriously change the way we […]

International Polar Year 2007 – 2009

The International Polar Year (actually it’s two years) is a large scale research effort that will focus on the artic and antarctic beginning in March 2007 and running through March 2009 (two annual cycles of research). The research will focus on seven areas: Atmosphere, Ice, Land, Oceans, People, and Space, as well as Education and […]

Global Warming: Lessons from the Earth for us

With the release of its report “Climate Change 2007” by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the issue of global warming has surfaced in the press, and in the government, yet again. The report basically says that scientists agree that the Earth’s temperature increase is being caused by greenhouse gas emissions, and that there is […]

California's Stem Cell Research Program—The Rest of the Story

In yesterday’s post I wrote that the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) announced the awarding of $45 million to medical researchers in many of California’s research centers, universities and institutes. However, the money for the grants was “borrowed money.” About $80 million in grants are expected to be announced next month. The CIRM was […]

California’s Stem Cell Research Program—The Rest of the Story

In yesterday’s post I wrote that the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) announced the awarding of $45 million to medical researchers in many of California’s research centers, universities and institutes. However, the money for the grants was “borrowed money.” About $80 million in grants are expected to be announced next month. The CIRM was […]

California Funds 72 Stem Cell Research Projects

In an earlier post I wrote about California being the action state in funding stem cell research. Today the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine awarded more than $45 million in research grants. Seventy-two grants totaling $45 million were given out to 20 academic institutions throughout the state. 231 applications were received. The grants ranged in […]

A Sense of Wonder—From Rachel Carson to Carl Sagan

Many years ago Rachel Carson wrote a book entitled A Sense of Wonder. It was one of my favorites, and I remember and have used one quote from the book many times: “A child’s world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us […]

Kansas Reverses Science Standards on Evolution

Science education is in the news again in Kansas. The Kansas State Board of Education has changed the language in the science standards suggesting that basic evolutionary concepts were controversial and being challenged by new research. Now this statement is out, and the definition of science has reverted to its earlier version limiting science to […]

Varieties of Scientific Experience

Carl Sagan was a scientist who helped us understand the immense beauty of the universe, and enrich our understanding of science. Through his books, TV programs, and public appearances he instilled wonder as an underlying force of science. Now, ten years after his death, a book based on lectures he gave in Glasgow in the […]

Global Warming Report Issued Today

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued its report today in Paris. You can read a good summary of it at USA Today. The report says that global warming is very likely man-made caused by over a century of CO2 emissions. Warming of the Earth is very well documented, and the causual relationships are very […]