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How We Learn (And, Thus, How to Teach)

  Education is critical to our mission to help the planet (or help us from killing ourselves and driving our species and countless others to extinction). So it’s rather important for us to know how optimal education works, how people learn best, and how we can most effectively teach others what we know. This post […]

September 13th

Informed Consumers?

Take your time making informed decisions. Wondering where to go to look for informed newsworthy news? Of course, keep visiting this site. Also, try the following: FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting), PR Watch, Politifact, Open Secrets, and Media Matters. That should get you started. If you’d like a print mag so you don’t always […]

July 19th

Health Crisis in Texas as Long-Elusive "Stupid Virus" Found

  Scientists across the United States today reacted with alarm at the discovery of the long-assumed, but previously undetected “Stupid Virus.” The discovery came after analyzing tissue samples from members of the official Texas Republican Party, who, earlier this week, released their 2012 statewide policy platform which declared “No More Teaching of ‘Critical Thinking Skills’ […]

July 11th

Music Break Monday: Mr Rogers — Garden of Your Mind

  I’m stealing this great “Music Break” idea from Climate Denial Crock of the Week, and actually got this first video from that site (link above). I loved Mr Rogers as a kid, and I think this video shows some of the reasons why — he encouraged imagination, intellectual exploration, curiosity, beauty, friendliness, examining and […]

July 2nd

Stimulation During Sleep Enhances Skill Acquisition, Research Shows

External stimulation during sleep enhances the acquisition of a skill, new research from Northwestern University shows. In the case of the research, the playing of a musical piece during the test subjects’ sleep allowed them to learn the piece faster than an unplayed one. The new research expands on existing evidence suggesting that “memories can […]

June 25th

Rhino Crisis Round Up: Steyl-Lemtongthai Case Postponed & More

South Africa’s rhino horn syndicate case involving game farmer Marnus Steyl, professional hunter Harry Claassens, and Thai nationals Chumlung Lemtongthai, Punpitak Chunchom, and Tool Sriton has been postponed. Although the alleged syndicate’s legal team had hoped to get the case thrown out, the suspects will make another court appearance on November 5th. Steyl and his […]

Rhino Crisis Round Up: 2012 Declared Year of the Rhino & More

This week, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia declared June 5th, 2012, as the beginning of the International Year of the Rhino. Indonesia is home to Critically Endangered Javan and Sumatran rhinos. Both species are teetering at the edge of extinction, with only around 40 Javan rhinos and fewer than 200 Sumatran rhinos still surviving. […]

Rhino Crisis Round Up: Three Rhino Killers Arrested in India & More

A rhino-killing attempt has been thwarted in India’s Pabitora Wildlife Sanctuary, thanks to a joint team of forest guards and police. India’s Business Standard reports that a four-member gang accessed the Diplung forest range to kill rhinos in the wee morning hours, but three were nabbed following an exchange of gunfire with forest guards. […]

Solar Panel and Bike, New Form of Less is More

Biking has become a lifestyle, a way of life. Cyclists who hit their favorite bike paths or bike routes every day are like another cut of the zen surfer who never missed a dawn and a wave. Now, we have the bike-path-gilding travelers that make Kerouac’s On the Road look sedentary. Devotees of biking vary […]

May 8th

Second-Generation Biofuels — Cellulosic Ethanol

  The need to save the world from the abundance of environmental problems is increasing apace. The daily wave of Armageddon-type scenarios thrust upon us from the minute we switch on our electronica is so unnerving it requires a significant amount of denial to prevent constant anxiousness. However, denial can only get one so far — […]

May 7th

Fragile Earth App (Just in Time for Earth Day!)

  Collins and Aimer Media have just released the Fragile Earth app, available from the iTunes app store. Coincidentally, it was released just before Earth Day! The app works with all devices compatible with ioS4.2 and above, and it has been optimized for the new iPad. Here’s a video on the app followed by more […]

April 22nd

Norway's Nonviolent Example, A Happy Note in Conflict Struggles

  Human Potential For Peace Pursuing economic justice with nonviolent protest is not new, not an invention of the present Occupy movement. It has been around probably as long as economic injustice has been around. One relatively recent example is that it effectively produced change in the 1930s for Northern Europeans who were starving. George […]

March 16th

Green News of the Day (VIDEO)

Some top green news from around from the past day or so: Global Warming   Heartland associate taught ‘biased’ climate course at Ottawa university  An associate of the Heartland Institute, the thinktank devoted to discrediting climate change, taught a course at a top Canadian university that contained more than 140 false, biased and misleading claims about […]

February 29th

Green News Daily (VIDEO)

Top green news from around the internet (video is followed by photos and short excerpts on the news): Catastrophic Global Warming & Climate Change Underestimated Yep, catastrophic global warming predictions by climate scientists have underestimated probably warming if we don’t curb emissions fast. (Not a surprise that another study has found this — I’ve covered […]

February 27th

Congressman Markey Asks for Heartland Institute Documents on "campaign to undermine the teaching of well-established science"

  The News: Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA), one of the best Congressmen I’ve ever known, wrote to the Heartland Institute today to request original copies of Heartland Institute documents leaked this month by Peter Gleick that show the institute is funding a federal employee to spread global warming confusion and conspiracy theories in public schools. Markey wants […]

February 24th

Heartland Institute Classroom Confusionist Trying to Spread Conspiracy Theory in U.S. Public Schools

  The News: Yep, conspiracy theory could be a part of your children’s public education soon, unfortunately. As revealed this month in the leak of key Heartland Institute documents, the institute is paying $100,000 a year to David E. Wojick to essentially put global warming curriculum into public schools that goes completely against the scientific consensus […]

February 24th

Heartland Institute Funnel of Funding Infographic

  Skeptical Science has put together a nice infographic of the Heartland Institute’s funding sources and where the money goes based this week’s leaked documents (note, however, that nearly half of the Heartland Institute’s revenue, $14.26 million of its $33.9 million, comes from a single anonymous donor, according to the document). Some notes from Skeptical […]

February 19th

Americans Understand But Don't Care About Polar Regions

Over the past half-decade the American population’s understanding of the facts about polar regions have increased, sadly, their concern or those same regions have stayed the same. These are the findings of the first comparative analysis conducted by Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire, in conjunction with the National Science Foundation, on science […]

February 8th