Some other stories I wanted to mention that have been pretty thoroughly covered by other bloggers:
ORLANDO, Florida (CNN) — A NASA astronaut was arrested Monday on battery and attempted kidnapping charges after allegedly trying to subdue a romantic rival with pepper spray and abduct her from a parking lot at Orlando International Airport, police said.
Navy Capt. Lisa Marie Nowak, who was a mission specialist aboard the space shuttle Discovery in July, and Colleen Shipman were both reported to be “in a relationship” with astronaut Bill Oefelein, a Navy commander, according to a police report of the incident.
Nowak, 43, has been charged with battery, attempted kidnapping, attempted burglary to a vehicle and destruction of evidence. Police have recommended Nowak be held without bond.
According to the report, she told police that her relationship with Oefelein was “more than a working relationship but less than a romantic relationship.”
And then it just gets weird. BB guns, diapers, wigs, the works.
Dr. BA missed out on a peek above our garters for that one, but we’ll give him one from both of us for pointing us to The A to Z Guide to Political Interference in Science put out by The Union of Concerned Scientists.
In recent years, scientists who work for and advise the federal government have seen their work manipulated, suppressed, distorted, while agencies have systematically limited public and policy maker access to critical scientific information. To document this abuse, the Union of Concerned Scientists has created the A to Z Guide to Political Interference in Science.
Pretty cool graphic there, check it out, and don’t miss the very powerful statement below the graphic (I did, the first time):
10,000 Scientists Speak Out
As the list of examples of political interference in science has grown, so has concern from diverse groups of Americans, from ordinary citizens to members of Congress to the nation’s leading newspapers. Particular concern comes from the scientific community, as scientists know first hand that a healthy respect for independent science has been the foundation of American prosperity and contributed greatly to our quality of life.
In 2004, 62 renowned scientists and science advisors signed a scientist statement on scientific integrity, denouncing political interference in science and calling for reform. On December 9, 2006, UCS released the names of more than 10,000 scientists of all backgrounds from all 50 states—including 52 Nobel Laureates—who have since joined their colleagues on this statement.
If you are a scientist, you can add your voice to the statement right now. And all citizens can take action on a critical scientific integrity challenging us today: the EPA’s decision to hastily close its unique network of scientific libraries. Call today and tell the EPA to stop destroying documents, selling off library equipment, and limiting access to its critical scientific collection.
The United States government bears great responsibility for keeping our environment clean and Americans healthy and safe. And while science is rarely the only factor in public policy decisions, this input should be objective and impartial.
Go add your voice to that discussion.
Also, while we’re talking about The World’s Greatest Astronomer, he has an article in this issue of Seed Magazine.
The first hint of dark matter came in the 1930s, when astronomer Fritz Zwicky investigated clusters of galaxies. He found that the galaxies in the clusters were moving so rapidly that the clusters should fly apart, yet they were clearly holding themselves together just fine. Zwicky concluded that there must be a lot more mass to the cluster than what he could see with his telescope—in fact, 90 percent of the mass of the clusters was “missing.”
Oh, I love a good mystery. Terrific article, please do go read the rest of it.
Getting a little closer to home, LiveScience gives us an interesting read on Sex Life and Long Life. Christopher Wanjek opens the article thusly:
Men, take note: Your penis might be telling you something.
Um… you guys had probably go read that. Don’t worry, it’s rather short.
The article is rather short, I mean. Sorry.
What else? … Oh yeah. The British paper The Sun has the cockpit video online of the inadvertant attack on British tanks by two US A-10 pilots back in the early days of the war. (I can’t get it play in FF, but it seems to work in IE7 – yuck.)
Ok, that’s the catch up for the time Kate and I spent um… otherwise occupied.