My Email To The NAS, NAE, and NAM

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach As just reported here on WUWT, the National Academies of Science, of Engineering, and of Medicine recently stated that with Google funding, they are going to decide what is scientific “misinformation”. This is a terrifying possibility, because if Google decides your scientific claims are “misinformation”, your entire life’s work could…

Darwin — We’ve Got a Problem

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen   Biology has a ‘new’ problem: Speciation Reversal.  One recent paper on the topic declares: “We argue that extinction by speciation reversal may be more widespread than currently appreciated. Preventing such extinctions will require that conservation efforts not only target existing species but identify and protect the ecological and evolutionary…

Science magazine does Politics

Guest Opinion by Kip Hansen Science, the journal, is beginning to go the way of the magazine Scientific American, in that it is beginning to become an oxymoron all by itself, as SciAm did in the Forrest Mims scandal.  Science Magazine has turned itself into Politics-uber-Science. In today’s email of Science News, comes this article…

Morally Irresponsible Science

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen   Long ago and far away — that is, in August of last year and in the scientific field called Demography — a great controversy arose and sparked calls for a retraction and accusations of a scholarly paper falling “outside the bounds of scholarly decorum” and labeling its findings as…

Oh No, Not Another Precautionary Principle Article!

Guest essay John Ridgway The precautionary principle has so often been the subject of articles on this website that one is slightly embarrassed to be adding to the pile. Nevertheless, I couldn’t resist the temptation to add my own two pennyworth, particularly after reading the article posted by Neil Lock on the same subject earlier…

AAAS Apologizes — Rightfully So

Brief by Kip Hansen American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)  has apologized for emailing out a fund-raising promotion that was misleading and apparently politically motivated — that is, they have apologized to me, personally, when I contacted them with an email questioning the content of the email.   In case you have forgotten, the…

Group of orange fungi photographed at the King's Landing Historical Settlement in Prince William, New Brunswick, Canada.

Laundry Warriors Seeking the Perfect Climate Mushroom

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Worried about all the strange biological additives in your laundry liquid? Its about to get a lot weirder. Fighting Climate Change, One Laundry Load at a Time Experts in the study of fungi are playing a bigger role in improving laundry detergents and, by extension, leading efforts to cut energy…

Core of climate science is in the real-world data

The following was provided by Dr. Willie Soon, reproduced with permission from Dr Ian Flanigan. The Coalition referenced in the post is the current Australian Government, a Coalition between the Liberal and National parties. Core of climate science is in the real-world data by Dr Ian Flanigan News Weekly, November 18, 2017 The Government continues…

An indicator of rock bottom for the solar minimum

Solar minimum surprisingly constant More than half a century of observation yields new discovery NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF NATURAL SCIENCES Using more than half a century of observations, Japanese astronomers have discovered that the microwaves coming from the Sun at the minimums of the past five solar cycles have been the same each time, despite large…

Scottish Shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis)

Study: Warmer Water is Pressuring Scottish Shags

Guest essay by Eric Worrall A new study claims that Scottish sea birds are being forced to diversify their diet by a shortage of their favourite prey species. But in my opinion the study ignores other issues, such as chemical pollution and long term radioactive contamination in regions adjacent to the study location. Warmer water…

Study: Some faiths may turn to religion for science answers

From RICE UNIVERSITY Some faiths more likely to turn to religion for answers to science When it comes to seeking answers to questions about science, evangelical and black Protestants and Mormons are more likely than the general population to turn to religion, according to a new study by researchers from Rice University’s Religion and Public…

Green Pass

Study: Greens Have a Fat Carbon Footprint

Guest essay by Eric Worrall h/t Willie Soon – a group of Cambridge Conservation Scientists have discovered that greens enjoy the same carbon belching perks as the rest of us, and rarely purchase carbon offsets or make other personal sacrifices such as reducing meat consumption. Conservationists take nine flights a year, despite knowing danger to…

Science Gone Stupid: Human Extinction Edition

Guest post by David Middleton Wonkblog Analysis We have a pretty good idea of when humans will go extinct By Christopher Ingraham October 6 “The probability of global catastrophe is very high,” the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists warned in setting the Doomsday Clock 2.5 minutes before midnight earlier this year. On nuclear weapons and climate change, “humanity’s…

Discovery: Bernie Sanders spider

From Eurekalert A scientist at the University of Vermont and four of his undergraduate students have discovered 15 new species of “smiley-faced” spiders–and named them after, among others, David Attenborough, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. You won’t find them in Washington, DC, Hollywood, or Vermont–but on Caribbean islands and…

Modern Scientific Controversies Part 6: Follow Up

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen Prologue:  This is a follow-up to  a series of five essays that discussed ongoing scientific controversies, a specific type of which are often referred to in the science press and elsewhere as “Wars” – for instance, one essay covered the “Salt Wars1” and another the “Obesity War”.  The purpose of…

Giovanni: The Bridge Between Data and Science

  From Eos. Using satellite remote sensing data sets can be a daunting task. Giovanni, a Web-based tool, facilitates access, visualization, and exploration for many of NASA’s Earth science data sets. By Zhong Liu and James Acker 24 August 2017 Since the satellite era began, researchers and others have used data collected from Earth-observing satellites,…

Paper examines ‘unconscious assumptions that have impeded scientific progress in the past’

Scientist emphasizes importance of multi-level thinking in atmospheric science From the INSTITUTE OF ATMOSPHERIC PHYSICS, CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES An unusual paper “On multi-level thinking and scientific understanding” appears in the October issue of Advances in Atmospheric Sciences. The author is Professor Michael Edgeworth McIntyre from University of Cambridge, whose work in atmospheric dynamics is well known.…

So What Happened to the Science?

John Ridgway, “There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact.” Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi It is tempting to speculate what a resurrected Mark Twain would think of the current controversy surrounding the global warming debate. Some of the warnings being…

What makes red algae so different and why should we care?

From Eurekalert Carnegie Institution for Science   IMAGE: Porphyra clinging to rocks in Germany’s Heligoland. It thrives in the harsh habitat of the intertidal zone, where it is exposed to fluctuating temperatures, high UV radiation, severe salt stress,… view more Credit: By Gabriele Kothe-Heinrich Palo Alto, CA– The red algae called Porphyra and its ancestors…

New Study Claims To Expose The ‘Science Charade’ Behind Some EPA Regulations

From the Daily Caller Michael Bastasch 07/04/2017 A new study highlights how the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is able to game the rule-making system to cloak contentious policy decisions as based on science. Susan Dudley, president of the George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center, and Marcus Peacock, executive vice president of the Business Roundtable, published…

It’s All Over For UK Science: University Professors Afraid To Teach Controversial Subjects For Fear Of Being Sacked

Date: 01/07/17 Harry Yorke, The Daily Telegraph Students are now so powerful that university professors are afraid to teach controversial subjects for fear of being sacked, an academic conference was told on Thursday Professor Dennis Hayes, a co-founder of “Academics for Academic Freedom” said that universities were now ruled by a “culture of censorious quietude”…

What happened to the traditional role of skepticism in climate science?

Guest essay by Forrest M. Mims III Traditional science required a skeptical view of one’s own findings until they could be replicated, especially by others. Unfortunately, skepticism has been deleted from the latest edition of “On Being a Scientist,” a widely-read booklet published by the National Academies of Science. When I asked the NAS about…

What’s the Recovery Rate from Extinction?

Guest post by David Middleton It’s at least 67% among the Incilius genus of toads. AMPHIBIANS Frog not sighted in 30 years and declared extinct reappears in Costa Rica Published June 07, 2017 SAN JOSE –  Costa Rican scientists reported Tuesday the reappearance of an endemic frog species that had not been sighted for three decades. It…

Blood Glucose Test

Claim: Climate Increases Diabetes Rates

Guest essay by Eric Worrall A new study claims a warmer climate is associated with higher rates of diabetes. But even if the authors are right, obesity, diet, age and heredity remain the dominant factors. Diabetes incidence and glucose intolerance prevalence increase with higher outdoor temperature Lisanne L Blauw, N Ahmad Aziz, Martijn R Tannemaat,…

Science Has a Reproducibility Crisis

Edward Ferrara writes: If your Facebook feed is anything like mine, you may have recently heard about how Bill Nye–the Science Guy himself–“slammed” Tucker Carlson on the latter’s evening show on Fox. THIS. (If you live somewhere else you may have been treated to an equally smug reaction from people claiming that Carlson “won.”) However…

Facts, beliefs, and identity: The seeds of science skepticism

From the SOCIETY FOR PERSONALITY AND SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY San Antonio, Texas – Psychological researchers are working to understand the cognitive processes, ideologies, cultural demands, and conspiracy beliefs that cause smart people to resist scientific messages. Using surveys, experiments, observational studies and meta-analyses, the researchers capture an emerging theoretical frontier with an eye to making science…

Lago Enriquillo Redux

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen In previous episodes:  In January of 2014, the NY Times published an article “Rising Tide Is a Mystery That Sinks Island Hopes” by  Randal C. Archibold, in which the waters of Lago Enriquillo, in the southwest corner of the Dominican Republic, were claimed to be rising and flooding farms and…

Modern Scientific Controversies Part 5: Common Elements

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen Prologue:  This is the fifth, and last, in a series of essays discussing ongoing scientific controversies—each one a so-called “science war”.  This essay attempts to illuminate the similarities that exist between the four previous topics and, of course,  the Climate Wars. Warning:  This is not a short essay.  Dig in…

How to communicate science

From the UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON What makes influential science? Telling a good story It turns out that even in the world of scientific writing, your eighth-grade teacher was right: how you write can matter as much as what you write. In a study published Dec. 15 in the journal PLOS ONE, researchers from the University of…

Science Is In Deep Trouble, New Paper Shows

‘Fraudulent research makes it past gatekeepers at even the most prestigious journals’ London 31 October:  A new report published by the Global Warming Policy Foundation reveals the extent to which current policy-making is reliant on untrustworthy peer-reviewed research, much of which cannot be replicated and “may be simply untrue”. click on the image above to…

Friday Funny: Scientific blunders on parade

It isn’t just climate change where we see blunders being made daily,  the mistakes made by some of history’s greatest scientists are often useful, and they learned from them (unlike some dogmatic climate scientists we can name). Renowned astrophysicist Mario Livio explores and analyzes major errors committed by such luminaries as Charles Darwin, Linus Pauling, Fred…

Major science website gets hacked

  September 13, 2016 – 10:10 p.m. EDT Dear EurekAlert! Registrants: The EurekAlert! website has been taken offline as AAAS works diligently to address a serious security breach. We are taking this step out of an abundance of caution. The integrity of content on our website is of the utmost concern to us. On September…

Modern Scientific Controversies Part 3: The War on Sugar

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen Prologue:  This is the third in a series of several essays that will discuss ongoing scientific controversies, a specific type of which are often referred to in the science press and elsewhere as “Wars” – for instance, this essay covers the War on Sugar.  Kahan, in his recent “On the…

Weird: Scientists discover oral sexual encounters in spiders

Normally, I would not carry a science story like this, but it is just so weird, it seemed worth noting. Those with arachnophobia need not read this. Matjaz Gregoric, a research associate at the Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU), Jovan Hadzi Institute of Biology, and coauthors studied…