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16 Of The Dumbest Right-Wing Lies That Americans Believe

Remember when Congressman Joe Wilson stood up during Obama’s State of the Union address and shouted “You lie”? He was chastised soundly by the pundit class. But mostly he drew heat for being impolite, and was compared to Kanye West and other famous interrupters.

April 20, 2018
Scott Pruitt, EPA

Recordings Reveal The EPA Head’s Strange Christian Beliefs About God, Guns And Gay Rights

Pruitt made those staggering remarks and others in a series of interviews with an Oklahoma talk radio station in 2005, according to Politico, which obtained the tapes from an anonymous source. In the interviews, Pruitt condemns evolution as an unproven “theory” that is at the base of humanism.

March 4, 2018

Pesticide Makers Seek To Protect Poisons By Silencing Scientists

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt overruled his own scientists to prevent an agriculture ban of a DowDuPont pesticide that causes brain damage in children, and now pesticide manufacturers have their sights set on undermining federal protections for endangered animals like the whooping crane.

November 22, 2017
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Anti-Science Climate Deniers Taking Over EPA Science Advisory Board

A third of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board, an influential panel that reviews the science the agency uses in formulating safeguards, could be succeeded by climate science-denying, polluter-friendly replacements when their terms expire at the end of this month.

October 2, 2017

How Many More ‘500-Year Storms’ Will People Endure Before They Start Abandoning Coastal Cities?

People love living near the coast. Only two of the world’s top 10 biggest cities—Mexico City and Sáo Paulo—are not coastal. The rest— Tokyo, Mumbai, New York, Shanghai, Lagos, Los Angeles, Calcutta and Buenos Aires—are. Around half of the world’s 7.5 billion people live within 60 miles of a coastline, with about 10 percent of the population living in coastal areas that are less than 10 meters (32 feet) above sea level.

September 28, 2017
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So Far, ABC And NBC Are Failing To Note The Link Between Harvey And Climate Change

Since it made landfall last Friday, Harvey, which has been downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm, has brought massive devastation to southeast Texas. By Tuesday, Harvey had already become the most extreme rain event in U.S. history. The storm brought so much rainfall that the National Weather Service had to add new colors to its weather maps to represent Harvey’s deluge. An early estimate of the storm’s cost stands at $190 billion, which would make it the nation’s “costliest natural disaster.”

September 2, 2017
Richard Dawkins

The Dangerous Delusions Of Richard Dawkins

The recent cancellation of a book event with Richard Dawkins by the radio station KPFA has caused reverberations around the world. KPFA cited offensive remarks Dawkins has made about Islam. Dawkins and his followers have claimed these were taken out of context and that he’s been equally critical of Christianity.

August 6, 2017

Breast Cancer-Wine Link: Scary Or Just A Scare?

“We know drinking modestly raises the risk of breast cancer,” she said. But “it is widely believed that moderate drinking is associated with better heart health and longer life expectancy. And we know that almost half of American women die of heart/vascular causes, whereas about 3 percent die of breast cancer.”

July 7, 2017
EPA

EPA Chief Pushing Plan To Discredit Climate Science

As a Media Matters study conducted last year demonstrated, climate denial remains a significant problem in the major newspapers. The world has just endured the three hottest years on record, and newspapers are still allowing their opinion pages to be used to deny climate change. That trend is all the more alarming now that the Trump administration is quickly adopting those denialist arguments.

June 13, 2017
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Trump Administration Says It Isn’t Anti-Science As It Seeks To Slash EPA Science Office

Trump’s budget, released Tuesday, reflects the president’s wish list. The numbers likely will change by the time it goes through the congressional appropriations process, but the proposed cuts are consistent with the administration’s push against environmental regulation and scientific funding.

May 25, 2017
Trump’s Expected Pick For Top USDA Scientist Is Not A Scientist

Trump’s Expected Pick For Top USDA Scientist Is Not A Scientist

Clovis advised Trump on agricultural issues during his presidential campaign and is currently the senior White House advisor within the USDA, a position described by The Washington Post as “Trump’s eyes and ears” at the agency.

May 13, 2017
Women's Marchers

What You Need To Know About April 29th’s Climate March

On April 29th, President Trump will be forgoing his usual jaunt to Florida in favor of a Pennsylvania rally commemorating 100 days in office. Trump’s tweets claim it will be a “big” rally, but in reality he will face stiff competition from tens of thousands of Americans descending on Washington, D.C., for the second People’s Climate March. Its timing serves as both a rebuke to that grim milestone, as well as a national message from Americans concerned that the president’s agenda will exacerbate climate change.

April 28, 2017
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March For Science On Earth Day To Resist Trump’s War On Facts

There’s nothing wrong with challenging research, developing competing hypotheses and looking for flaws in studies. That’s how science works. But rejecting, eliminating, covering up or attacking evidence that might call into question government or industry priorities — evidence that might show how those priorities could lead to widespread harm — is unconscionable. It’s galling to me because I traded a scientific career for full-time communication work because good scientific information helps people make the best decisions to take us into the future.

April 20, 2017
DeVos, Intelligent Design, Creationism

DeVos’ Code Words For Creationism Offshoot Raise Concerns About ‘Junk Science’

Betsy DeVos, President Trump’s pick as secretary of education, has funded groups that champion “intelligent design,” a sophisticated outgrowth of creationism. Science educators worry that she could use her bully pulpit to undermine the teaching of evolution in public schools.

January 31, 2017

What Happens When Private Money Pays For Science?

More and more funding for new research is coming not from government grants, but from private donors who concentrate their investments in a few hand-picked enclaves. And so big private money begets more big private money.

January 7, 2016
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Some States Battle Obama On Climate Change; Others Try To Address It

Some states are doing way more than the Obama administration to combat climate change.

November 11, 2015

Water Still Flows On Mars, Scientists Say

Scientists scouring the Red Planet using NASA’S Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter say they’ve found direct chemical evidence of transient saltwater flowing on the surface today.

September 28, 2015

U.S. Spacecraft Flies By Pluto After 9-Year, 3 Billion-Mile Trip

A U.S. spacecraft sailed past Pluto on Tuesday, capping a 3 billion mile journey to the solar system’s farthest reaches, NASA said.

July 14, 2015

Study Of Views On Gay Marriage Retracted By Journal Science

The retracted study had excited readers for its surprising conclusion that a single doorstep chat could prompt a skeptic to embrace marriage equality.

May 29, 2015

Weekend Reader: ‘Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science — And The World’

‘Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science — and the World’ is a remarkable new book by Rachel Swaby: fascinating, compulsively readable, and illuminative.

May 17, 2015
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Facebook Study Pins ‘Echo Chamber’ Of Opinions On Users’ Choices

Facebook conducted a self-imposed study on its users’ news feed, concluding that it is overwhelmingly an echo chamber of their own ideological views.

May 7, 2015
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The Gingrich-Adams Lesson

As Newt Gingrich champions government spending on not only infrastructure, but on commerce, art, and medicine as well, he echos the demands of president John Quincy Adams.

April 23, 2015
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Obama To Visit Everglades On Wednesday, Highlight Climate Change Threat

Obama visits the Florida Everglades on Earth Day, to address climate change and environmental conservation. His escort will not be Governor Scott, but Bill Nye, ‘The Science Guy.’

April 22, 2015

World’s Biggest, Fastest Particle Collider Restarts

The Large Hadron Collider restarted Sunday after a two-years of work to make the biggest machine ever built even faster in the hope that it will unspin the secrets of the creation of the universe.

April 5, 2015

Mars Rover Curiosity Offers Tantalizing Taste Of 2-Tone Mineral Veins

Mars Curiosity rover’s recent discovery points to an even more complex, and perhaps long-lived, watery environment on the Red Planet.

April 3, 2015