Trillion Ton Iceberg Breaks Off of Antarctic Shelf, Prompting (Even More) Discussion About Climate Change
A massive chunk of ice just broke off of one of the largest ice shelves in Antarctica. The chunk is roughly the size of Delaware (or twice the size of Luxembourg), and weighs about a trillion tons.Read More
It was pretty easy to see that pulling out of the Paris Agreement on climate change was a boneheaded move when the only other nations not involved were out for unrelated reasons or because they didn't think it was strict enough. But Trump's promises being bad ideas has never stopped him from keeping them before, and he pulled the U.S. out of the agreement to the dismay of people around the world—including Stephen Hawking.Read More
"Oh, so you think space is pretty? Are you willing to remove your appendix and gallbladder for it? To just go temporarily blind because of your body fluids moving during weightlessness?"Read More
Stickers, heal thyselves.
Some people at NASA got wind of a company selling magical healing stickers—sorry, "smart stickers" that are "programmed" to promote healing but are actually just stickers and not magic or programmed at all—and they were less than impressed by claims that related to the space agency. The company has now apologized for that bit of fakery, but not the rest of it.Read More
A new expedition organized by the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) will fly to Nikumaroro with four forensic border collies on June 24th.Read More
In a new TED-Ed animated lesson, Shohini Ghose takes us through Marie Skłodowska Curie’s great achievements and the impact of her revolutionary discoveries.Read More
First, let's look at the image above of a panel on "Pondering the Imponderables: The Biggest Questions of Cosmology" which was held at the World Science Festival at John Jay College in New York City this weekend. On this seven-person panel, only one is a woman, the literal odd person out. One gets the feeling they had a six-person panel, realized there were no women, then rushed to find one. This is the scientific community, Ladies and Gentlemen.Read More
As a scientist, it must be awesome when a world-renowned theoretical physicist (and cosmologist) publicly commends you on the work you do. Neil deGrasse Tyson is feeling those feels today, now that it's been announced that he's getting a prestigious award from none other than Stephen Hawking.Read More
Mike Pence, our theocrat-in-waiting Vice President and a man I now call "the Spanish Inquisition," went on Fox & Friends in the face of international outcry about Trump's Paris Accords decision. He whinged that climate change was only a problem for the left, since apparently the right wing lives on another planet. Can we go there once this planet is ruined?Read More
Symptoms of withdrawal: endless snark.
Yesterday, Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris Agreement on climate change, a move that doesn't make a whole lot of sense from any angle except the one of keeping boneheaded campaign promises. Then, he chose to back himself up by claiming he was representing the American people, but unlike his normal vague assurances that he represents them, he named a specific city, and that ... did not go well for him.Read More
Doctors at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia fashioned a plastic artificial womb that has successfully kept a premature baby lamb alive for four weeks. It has the potential to do a whole lot more.Read More
Pioneers in ocean exploration Robert Ballard and Sylvia Earle talk about why it's essential that we pay attention to oceanography at this critical moment.Read More
These Women in Science Deserve Their Own Biopics, Feat. Suggestions From Neil deGrasse Tyson, Sylvia Earle, and More
Hollywood, are you taking notes?
We asked different Neil deGrasse Tyson, Sylvia Earle and other National Geographic scientists what women in science we should know about. While Marie Curie was a popular answer, we also learned some new names.Read More
Bill Nye was invited to speak on CNN's New Day Saturday program for Earth Day, and he was exasperated that CNN also invited a climate change denier. Nye said, "Much as I love the CNN, you're doing a disservice by having one climate change skeptic and not 97 or 98 scientists or engineers concerned about climate change."Read More
We live in a time of bizarrely prevalent denial of objective truth, and nowhere is that more easily visible than in the world of science. That's bad for everyone, even the people who are staunchest in their disbelief, because scientific truths are true whether people believe in them or not. Naturally, recognizable science advocates like Neil deGrasse Tyson have some things to say about that.Read More
Get it? Puppy lab!
I feel like every college in America could really benefit from a program like MIT's Puppy Lab.Read More
Al Gore Will Host Previously-Canceled Climate Change Summit, Saying, “Climate Shouldn’t Be a Political Issue”
The CDC canceled a climate change summit after Trump's inauguration, calling it a "strategic retreat." Now, Al Gore is ensuring the summit will happen anyway.Read More
As the old saying goes, the revolution will not be televised. It seems, though, that the resistance may very well be tweeted.Read More
Yesterday, word got out that a few federal agencies had been instructed not to talk to the public or the media for the time being. Since then, the USDA has reversed course, but the Environmental Protection Agency is still silent, as it appears that they've been asked to remove climate change data from their website.Read More
Station Obama, not to be confused with the Japanese Obama Station, is about to play a larger role in our fight against climate change.Read More