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  • Whales, Bees, and Global Warming! Oh My!

    September 12, 2007

    Is it a preponderance of scientific evidence or an inundation of media coverage that, like a feedback loop, spurs on the theory that global warming is the cause for all the world's ills? This week there were at least two news stories (that I saw) pointing the finger at climate change for damaging the lives of animals.

    The first story in the Washington Post takes up the honey bee crisis, postulating that the warming world is causing flowers to bloom earlier in the season, leading to low nectar production in bees, and subsequently undernourished bees that are more susceptible to Colony Collapse Disorder.

    The second article from the BBC takes our optimistic dream...

  • NASA: Dodging the Green Bullet

    August 29, 2007
    NASA announced last Friday that while searching for the reason foam separated from the space shuttle Endeavor during takeoff (tearing a 3-inch gash in the belly of the craft and causing much nail biting during reentry), they found nine small cracks in the insulation on an external fuel tank that may be the cause of the foam chipping off—the same foam that was responsible for the Columbia disaster 4 years prior.

    While NASA is coyly suggests that the blame ought to rest with the cork insulation and not the foam itself, this latest scare demonstrates that NASA has not, as I had hoped, fixed the problem that was responsible for the Columbia disaster. They have not reverted to the foam that had been used with great success before bowing to...


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