Nothing to Fear But Air Itself

Government fails to tend to the many left sick by the 9/11 attacks The attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, left behind a grim legacy. No, we’re not talking about the violent imperial fantasies and paranoia …

Al Gore, Feb. 12, 2002

A prescient speech

Kevin Drum reprints an extraordinary speech from Al Gore in 2002 that makes, among many others, the point I tried to make here. He says:

'Tis the Season (for a bowl of NYC-style chicken soup)

Food can comfort and heal us in times of grief and despair

"Enjoy every sandwich." -- Warren Zevon As is true for so many people, 9/11 is on my mind this week. I'm thinking of the people who perished on that day in the towers: those I …

Let's talk about intersex fish, baby

Abnormal fish found in Potomac River

Scientists say abnormal "intersex" fish, with both male and female characteristics, have been discovered in the Potomac River and its tributaries across the Capitol Region. Although scientists are not sure of the source of the …

Not-so-charismatic megafauna

Ginormous earthworm discovered, may get federal protection

Here's the deal: there's a three-foot-long pink earthworm living in the Palouse region of Idaho and Washington and nowhere else on the planet. It can burrow 15 feet underground and it was re-discovered last year …

Darth failure

If a mock warhead is destroyed in space and there’s no one there to hear it, does it make a sound?

In case you were wondering about the latest potentially world-ending technology, Campus Progress has a great article this week on our Ballistic Missile Defense System, its "successes," and our government's apparent failure to think practically …

Inhofe seeks revenge on California

A proposed bill would double fines on certain businesses in the state

Yesterday I got a press release from the Sen. James Inhofe (R-Mongo) Senate Environment Committee Crap Factory© (SJISECCF) touting a new bill Inhofe is pushing that would amend the Clean Air Act "to strengthen penalties …

A very mixed blessing

Pumping oil to fight global warming

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology is being discussed as a promising way to stave off emissions from coal-fired plants. I know some environmentalists scorn the idea of pumping CO2 into the ground, but many …

Engineering new energy

Agribiz giants compete to create new plants for biofuels

I was waiting for this to happen. One of the major stumbling blocks to efficient production of biofuels is the conversion of bulky biomass into ethanol. GM bacteria that can condense this complex process into …