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New poll shows belief in global warming rising with thermometers

Photo by Gerard Van der Leun A growing majority of Americans think global warming is occurring, that it will become a serious problem and that the U.S. government should do something about it, a new Associated Press-GfK poll finds. Even most people who say they don’t trust scientists on the environment say temperatures are rising. The poll found 4 out of every 5 Americans said climate change will be a…

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The moon landings were faked (and other science confessions)

Yesterday, Channel 5 screened a documentary (and I use that term so loosely it essentially qualifies as a liquid) called “Did we land on the moon?“, which looked at the arguments for the well-established conspiracy theory that the moon landings, that defining achievement that inspired generations and showed the true potential of humanity, was an elaborate sham. The programme caused a lot of anger among the science community on the…

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Space science in the classroom reaches new heights

Tonight “NBC Nightly News” profiled a volunteer space program in California that is helping kids from around the world send science projects to the edge of space. If you would like to learn more about JP Aerospace please visit their website. Click here to watch the December 11, 2012 NBC news videos of this story.…

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New report ranks US students in math & science

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released a new report today detailing the performance of US students versus international students in math and science. NCES is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the US and other nations. The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2011 is the fifth administration of this international comparative study since 1995 when first administered. TIMSS…

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In Lab Lit, Fiction Meets Science of the Real World

Lab lit is not science fiction, and in my opinion it’s not historical fiction about actual scientists (though some fictionalized biographies do appear on the list). Instead, in the Web site’s [LabLit.com] words, it “depicts realistic scientists as central characters and portrays fairly realistic scientific practice or concepts, typically taking place in a realistic — as opposed to speculative or future — world.” Popular writers like Carl Djerassi and Michael…

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Can a Jellyfish Unlock the Secret of Immortality?

After more than 4,000 years — almost since the dawn of recorded time, when Utnapishtim told Gilgamesh that the secret to immortality lay in a coral found on the ocean floor — man finally discovered eternal life in 1988. He found it, in fact, on the ocean floor. The discovery was made unwittingly by Christian Sommer, a German marine-biology student in his early 20s. He was spending the summer in…

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Making science reporting more fair & balanced

The following guidelines, drawn up in consultation with scientists, science reporters, editors and subeditors, are intended for use by newsrooms to ensure that the reporting of science and health stories is balanced and accurate. They are not intended as a prescriptive checklist and of course shorter articles or NIBs [“news in brief” items] will not be able to cover every point. Above and beyond specific guidelines, familiarity with the technicalities…

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The promises and pitfalls of carbon capture

Extreme weather events, like Superstorm Sandy that just drenched the northeastern coast of the United States, often refocus the public’s attention on climate change. With Sandy, there were no straightforward connections, partly because it’s hard to connect climate change to a single weather event. Nevertheless, the storm may leave the US public more willing to tackle some of the challenges of climate change. One of these big challenges is mitigating…

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