More on PepsiGate: Neuron Culture leaves, Mike doesn’t, ScienceBlogs apologises, Brookhaven explains and clarifies (and Josh discusses this), PZ, James Hrynyshyn, Erik Klemetti and Greg Laden move on [Later: as does Mike Dunford], Knight Science Journalism Tracker explains why that won’t help much, Jason Rosenhouse dismisses this as a teacup storm, and ERV has the best response. Drug Monkey settles in. Rebecca Skloot moves, twice. Even the Germans are sensibly commenting. Enough, already. I’ve already had my recommended daily dose of Schadenfreude. I’ll keep adding moved Sciencebloggers to the widget at right. [Later: The National Academies Press has free downloads of actual nutrition audio, books and videos here, since this was started by a “nutrition” blog.]
To other matters. Julia Gillard, the new Australian PM, has kept the bloody internet filter, after rejecting same-sex marriage. Is she pandering to the religious right? I think she is, just as much as Rudd did. I continue to weep for my country. Even the frigging Liberals are opposing it now. [“Liberal” in Australian equals “conservative” in Worldspeak. It usen’t to. Once upon a time it was about individual liberties.] The Greens continue to. Also locally, Australia is getting a 24 hour news channel, because we know how well that works with a 24 hour News Radio station already…
Elio Schaechter and Merry Yule take down the claim that Venter created a synthetic cell. At last, some science!
Carl Zimmer, who apparently sold his soul to the Science Communication Devil, has yet another good post taking down the claim that anything electronic might be a superorganism. [On another note, I received a copy of Mark Moffett’s Adventures Among Ants, a beautifully produced book on myrmecology and science. I have only skimmed it so far, though. He’s a fan of superorganisms. I’m not so much.]
Soul Physics is a cool blog if your interest is in the history and philosophy of Physics. Here’s a list of conferences upcoming. Also, the British Society for the Philosophy of Science is offering a doctoral scholarship, as reported at another interesting physics blog, Taking up Spacetime.
PZ linked to this cool video, “The Story of Stuff“. It’s about the ecological supply chain of resources and disposal of our stuff.
Here is a paper that shows that the original 1983 report on climate change was not rammed through by vested interests, but instead was a case of cooperative science by experts.
Nicolas Nierenberg, Walter R. Tschinkel, and Victoria J. Tschinkel. Early Climate Change Consensus at the National Academy: The Origins and Making of Changing Climate. Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences, Vol. 40, Number 3, pps. 318–349.
There. That should keep ’em happy until I can do something more substantial. Did I just say that out loud?