Category Archives: Science

COP15: Tale of Two Speeches

Daniel H. was a youth delegate at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. He recently graduated from Rice University and has been studying energy policy as a Fulbright Scholar in Denmark. He blogs at Cheezy Danish. A few weeks ago, I took a short break from dashing around the U.N. Climate Change Conference in […]

Your dose of climate fearmongering

Paul Krugman is now accusing global warming denialists of treason: Still, is it fair to call climate denial a form of treason? Isn’t it politics as usual? Yes, it is — and that’s why it’s unforgivable. … the deniers are choosing, willfully, to ignore that threat, placing future generations of Americans in grave danger, simply […]

We're doomed!

Or well… our galaxy is doomed… but not in the way you think… the Milky Way galaxy will collide with the Andromeda galaxy in about seven billion years. Which coincidentally is about the time our sun is supposed to burn out or explode or whatever it’s gonna do. And when I say they’ll collide, I […]

We deserve offshore drilling

Relaxing regulations on offshore drilling has become a major part of McCain’s campaign message. Two days ago he visited an offshore rig to prove his sincerity (last time he tried to visit, he had to cancel because of an oil spill, no joke). McCain says that offshore drilling now will help end our dependency on […]

Quote of the week – 8/1/08

…this is not the middle east; this is not the middle ages. This is a free society. And in a free society, there exists no right to not be offended. If the Catholic church can get away with desecrating what others consider sacred (or, for those of us who have no concept of sacredness, at […]

You're probably sick of the hype…

… but here’s more about Batman. One of the facets of the Batman mythos (isn’t that word so pretentious sounding?) that appeals most to me is his normalness. Bruce Wayne doesn’t have superpowers. He just has money and physical prowess. A lot of what he does borders on possible. Sure that sounds crazy, but here […]

Why America? Why? (Chart fun)

I’m not sure what conclusion, if any, to draw from this juxtaposition of data (it’s just fun to make bar charts). But I think it just might be a sign of the apocalypse. Keep an eye out for the other two horsemen.

Maybe oil independence isn't a big deal?

Count me among those who think that energy independence is a justified goal for the United States. After reading this article by Peter Kiernan I’m not so sure. Kiernan tackles these myths of oil independence: The United States is dependent on Middle Eastern oil. The United States can eliminate the need to import oil soon. […]

Thursday Blogging – 4/3/08

9:50am In case you were wondering, a “survey of sex therapists concluded the optimal amount of time for sexual intercourse was 3 to 13 minutes.” 10:50am Don’t worry about the economy until fast food joints start losing money. 11:05am It turns out the new Attorney General is as big a liar as the last one. […]

U.S. is burning your money: Space Edition

The NY Times recently published a story about U.S. plans to blow up a dead satellite. There are two hilarious snippets from the NYT article I’d like you to read: President Bush ordered the action to prevent any possible contamination from the hazardous rocket fuel on board, and not out of any concern that parts of the spacecraft might survive and reveal its secrets, the officials said. And: The effort will […]