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March 12, 2015

War Against Science 2.0: If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Ban ‘Em

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

That’s the good thing about science: It’s true whether or not you believe in it. That’s why it works-Neil deGrasse Tyson

The data of climate change is very strong: warmest average years on record, increasing extreme weather, higher carbon dioxide levels, changes in sea level, increasing droughts, decreasing snowpacks and sea ice, melting glaciers and permafrost, warmer oceans and increasing ocean acidity.…

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February 8, 2017 9:00 am

Hawaii seeks to ban 'reef-unfriendly' sunscreen (Nature)

Legislators in Hawaii are trying to ban the sale of sunscreens that contain two UV-filtering chemicals, after studies suggested that they harm coral reefs.

February 2, 2017 9:00 am

Gene drives thwarted by emergence of resistant organisms (Nature)

By studying the insects under more-natural conditions, scientists hope to better understand how to eradicate them — and malaria — using an emerging genetic-engineering technology called gene drives. The technique can quickly disseminate genetic modifications in wild populations through an organism’s offspring, prompting some activists to call for it to be shelved. Yet gene drives might not be as effective as activists think. Recent research has identified a major hurdle to using them to eliminate diseases and vanquish invasive pests: evolution.

January 18, 2017 9:00 am

Rewriting The Code of Life (The New Yorker)

Until crispr came along, biologists lacked the tools to force specific genetic changes across an entire population. But the system, which is essentially a molecular scalpel, makes it possible to alter or delete any sequence in a genome of billions of nucleotides. By placing it in an organism’s DNA, scientists can insure that the new gene will copy itself in every successive generation.

January 11, 2017 9:00 am

Capital Weather Gang U.S. posts second-warmest year on record, breadth of warmth ‘unparalleled’ (Washington Post)

Every single state and every single city in the Lower 48 states was warmer than normal in 2016.

January 10, 2017 9:00 am

Assessing recent warming using instrumentally homogeneous sea surface temperature records (Science)

Adjustments to correct for inhomogeneities in sea surface temperatures in recent years have a large impact on the resulting decadal-scale global temperature trends. Assessing the effectiveness of these adjustments is critical to improving our understanding of the structure of modern climate changes and the extent to which trends in recent periods may have been anomalous with respect to longer-term warming.

January 6, 2017 9:00 am

How drones could become a farmer’s best friend (Science)

Researchers have now used images captured by an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to map barley fields and determine which rows of plants are most in need of water

December 22, 2016 9:00 am

Trump team targets changes to key metric that calculates social cost of carbon (Science)

Last week a provocative leaked memo hinted at another likely element of the incoming administration’s plan for weakening climate regulations: tweaking an obscure but increasingly utilized economic measure that tallies the costs and benefits of controlling carbon pollution.

December 19, 2016 9:00 am

2016 in pictures: The best science images of the year (Nature)

In a year of political turmoil and shock, science, too, came up with surprises. To document some of these wonders, photographers roamed the world, revealing objects from the microscopic to the cosmic in scale.

December 16, 2016 9:00 am

We need to feed a growing planet. Vegetables aren’t the answer. (Washington Post)

If we’re going to feed them and us, responsibly and healthfully, vegetables are not the answer.

November 24, 2016 9:00 am

Carbon is not the enemy (Nature)

A new language of carbon recognizes the material and quality of carbon so that we can imagine and implement new ways forward

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