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  • Where's Biodee this time?

    Nice job, Einstein

    I’ll give you some hints. Just a few days ago, a man walked on a stage a few hundred yards from where I sit to accept an honorary degree in science. Following is the speech that preceded the award: As …

  • Richard Rorty, RIP

    This will likely be of interest to exactly none of you, but one of my great philosophical heroes died yesterday. The first paper I ever presented at a professional philosophy conference was on Rorty. I can’t improve on what Chris …

  • Good tunes to take you into the weekend

    Friday music blogging: M. Ward

    M. Ward is a rarity: an artist who started out as something of a novelty act but has gotten consistently better, blossoming into one of the most expressive, interesting songwriters on the current indie scene. His first album, End of …

  • The real McCoy

    Law & Order … in the ocean

    Playing hard-nosed Executive Assistant District Attorney Jack McCoy, actor Sam Waterston has thrown the book at the bad guys for years on TV’s Law & Order. Bad guys on boats and beaches better watch out now, too, because Waterston recently …

  • When the western gas boom goes boom

    Declining production and what comes next

    This week the Durango Herald discussed the steadily declining production of methane gas from wells in southern Colorado’s La Plata County and what impacts there will be when the wells go dry. Unfortunately, the article focuses only on the economic …

  • Make Our Green Day

    Spare a little cash for your favorite eco-news site? Bravo on making it through another week. But have you made it through without succumbing to our sweet pleas for financial support? We count on you, dearest readers, to support our …

  • Sea Vous Plait

    Study says Europe’s seas in trouble from fishing, farming, other threats In case you think Europe does everything right, a study shows that the continent’s seas are in sea-rious trouble. More than 100 scientists in 15 countries surveyed the Baltic, …

  • A Jury Of Your Pyrrhus

    G8 climate deal is failure or triumph, depending whom you ask Welcome to another installment of “Days of Our G8 Lives.” Yesterday, the G8 agreed to a climate deal it’s been fine-tuning for weeks. It notably did not commit to …