Important business has taken me out of sunny California and across the country to the slightly warmer March days of Florida; baseball spring training.
I maintain an affection for spring training even though I no longer live in a winter climate where a few days of sunshine after 5 months of cold can truly be appreciated. But I spent my childhood in Florida, in a baseball haven aptly called Dodgertown, so cold climate or not baseball in spring is a necessary ritual. It gives me a reminder I haven't seen my family in a year and spring baseball is somehow both better and worse than regular season baseball, when it becomes more of a business and obviously played by the best of the best.
Discover jumped into science blogging on a national scale last year when they hired the awesome Phil Plait, our favorite Bad Astronomer, to be their anchor and then boosted their credibility when they lured respected journalist Carl Zimmer from Seed Media's Scienceblogs.com property, along with the Cosmic Variance folks and others.
If you're in the racism industry, an icy chill has gone down your spine in 2009, with an African-American president and both major political parties run by black people.
As always, a psychologist will find an answer for how society can do those things and still be racist; it turns out you will be less biased against people of other races in your social group but you will still be prejudiced against people of other races you don't have beer with. Likewise, if you voted for Obama he is not the black person you automatically dislike the way you automatically dislike all other black people.
If you listen to pubic radio, you can find programs that say mass media is right wing. Yes, right wing, because it takes a corporation to make mass media for the masses. So therefore having 90% of journalists being left wing is just a clever ruse.
Heck, we were once accused of being right wing, even though we had no corporate funding, unlike our accusers who were all owned by media companies, and I spent 5,000 hours of my life doing this for free and having scientists writing for free; the ultimate left wing environment, so it just had to be a tool of the right.
If you read Geek Logik,
you may have found, at least for a while, that you lost control over your own decision-making ability.
You may recognize the title most recently as a humorous jab at people who want to teach religion in science classes and, failing that, at least teach why they think there is a controversy. Of course there isn't any controversy at all. Biology is as imperfect as every science in existence and explaining the world we live in according to natural laws is tough because there are always new things to learn.
The only place where rock solid 'proof' exists is in mathematics, which some people think is science. Yet even in mathematics there are disputes and one of them has long been Pi - or π, if you prefer. That's right, someone once may have insisted we teach the controversy about Pi, which is a delightful sort of irony.