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Planned Parenthood: Trying to Addict Your Kids to Sex [denialism blog]

February 16, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

How's this for a tinfoil hat conspiracy, brought to you by the American Life League--

Planned Parenthood's strategy in this great world is to:

Phase one: Get kids addicted to sex.
Phase two: profit! Through selling birth control, STD testing, and abortion.     Read more

Scientists need to get involved in policy [We Beasties]

February 15, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

Back in December, Rees Kassen wrote an editorial for Nature arguing that if scientists want political decisions to reflect good science, they have to get involved.    Read more

Oklahoma gets first openly gay state senator! [erv]

February 15, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

As much crap as Oklahomans get for being backwards hicks, Oklahoma is a state of many faces. Slowly but surely, the faces of the politicians are starting to represent the diversity of Oklahoma (not just middle-upper-class 'straight' Evangelical white male Oklahomans).

To counter the insane, homophobic rhetoric of Sally Kern, we have an openly, happily transgender Brittany Novotny giving the witch a run for her money.    Read more

HeartlandGate: Anti-Science Institute's Insider Reveals Secrets [Greg Laden's Blog]

February 14, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

This seems to be fairly big news. The Heartland Institute is a conservative and libertarian "think" tank that cut its teeth on denying the dangers of cigarette smoking back in the 1990s. These days the Heartland Institute seems to be focused on Anthropogenic Climate Change Denialism and Science Denialism in general.

A piece of one of the revealed documents suggesting that the Heartland Institute wants to "dissuade teachers from teaching science."     Read more

Must Read [Dynamics of Cats]

February 14, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

for astronomers:

Discovery and Depth

"...the current situation calls for bold leadership and tough decisions and not merely the proverbial rearrangement of the chairs in the dining hall of the Costa Concordia as it approached the Isola del Giglio."14 Kulkarni (2011)

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Full Speed Ahead? [Page 3.14]

February 14, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

On We Beasties, Kevin Bonham reports that scientists have genetically enabled E. coli to digest a sugar found in algae. Bonham writes, "Scientists have been picking this bug's locks for decades, and it's already been engineered to make not just ethanol, but many other useful products as well." With the ability to metabolize sugar from a source as prolific, low-maintenance, and renewable as algae, E. coli could become a much bigger player in biofuel production. Meanwhile, Greg Laden considers the State of the Union address from an environmental perspective.    Read more

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