When Citizen Science Works
The democratizing of science is already happening. Once the hobby of mostly wealthy men, then the career field for professional investigators, science is more open than ever when “citizen scientists” get involved. And the success stories are piling up. Citizen science projects range from observations of the natural world to analysis of data distributed via the web. Anyone, regardless of…Read More »
National Moth Week 2013!
You all know that I am One. Bad. Moth-er. So I’m here to remind you that once again it’s time for mothing! July 20th to 28th, 2013 National Moth Week Events in the US “Citizen scientists around the world will be setting up white sheets and lights in backyards, woods and fields July 20 through July 28 for the second annual…Read More »
Cross Post: Science Education – An Endangered Species?
This post was originally posted on School of Doubt on 1 May 2013. I can’t even begin to wrap my brain around the attacks on science and science education that have been dog-piling on since the sequester began. It is as if everyone has just lost it all at once. What’s going on? Phil Plait does a nice job of…Read More »
ICYMI: April 14 – April 20 on the Skepchick Network
It’s time to get up, get going, and get reading all the sweet things you missed last week on the Skepchick Network. Fine. I’ll wait ’til you get your coffee. BUT HURRY. Teen Skepchick The Physics Philes, lesson 44: Challenge Accepted Part 2 Mindy completes the black hole physics challenge issued to her via Facebook. I’m Not Saying it was…Read More »
Science Deniers Give Us Too Much Credit
Really, have you noticed? I’m speaking in particular about climate science-deniers and a realization I had while I was at the American Geophysical Union meeting last December. Deniers give scientists too much credit. It would almost be flattering if it wasn’t so dangerous. (UPDATE 1/20: Fixed error below) I realize that climate change “skepticism” or “denialism” or “uninformed-ism” or whatever…Read More »