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Gender Bias in the World’s Natural History Museums

Gender Bias in the World’s Natural History Museums

A scientist at the Natural History Museum in London has discovered that while the institution boasts an incomparable natural history collection, it has significantly more male specimens than female specimens.

The Problem: We’re just so used to seeing the male body and lifestyle as just the standard human body and the standard human way of doing things.

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Trump Administration Orders Manipulation of Climate Science

Trump Administration Orders Manipulation of Climate Science

The New York Times reported yesterday that in addition to significantly weakening Obama Administration policies and rules that would have cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, now the Trump Administration is working to “recalculate” the risks posed by climate change by ordering scientists to ignore long term impacts beyond 2040 and to omit analysis of the worst-case scenarios in the next national climate assessment report.  

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NASA’s carbon observatory set for liftoff despite attempts to defund the project

NASA’s carbon observatory set for liftoff despite attempts to defund the project

Despite the Trump administration’s best efforts to cut funding for NASA’ s carbon dioxide tracking instrument OCO-3, the observatory is scheduled to make its way to the Internationa Space Station (ISS) this week. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) explained that from its perch on the space station, OCO-3 will observe near-global measurements of carbon dioxide on land and sea

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French amusement park teaches kids about climate change

French amusement park teaches kids about climate change

We wrote last week that climate education in American schools is seriously lacking despite the fact that parents and teachers would both like to have an expanded climate curriculum. While climate change can be a difficult subject to discuss with kids (there’s not a lot of good news), not doing so leaves kids woefully unprepared […]

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We Must Stand Up For Science

We Must Stand Up For Science

I am one of many members of Congress who count on them and appreciate their work. I worked closely with this community on a bill I introduced with Congressman Paul Tonko this week on scientific integrity. The Scientific Integrity Act (S.775) would protect government science from political interference. It would make data and findings off-limits for political appointees and managers, and make sure scientists follow careful processes for review.

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Tweet of the week: Dan Rather on science literacy

Many people including the president are cheering news of HIV cure in 2nd patient. You know what happened? SCIENCE. Science isn’t a goal, it’s a process of knowledge. And it applies to vaccines, climate change, and the wonder of understanding our universe and natural world. — Dan Rather (@DanRather) March 5, 2019 This week for […]

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State of Connecticut Considers Law To Require Teaching Climate Change

State of Connecticut Considers Law To Require Teaching Climate Change

A legislator in Connecticut in January introduced a bill requiring schools to teach climate change science starting at the elementary level.  Connecticut already has a science curriculum “standard” that encourages the teaching of climate science, but if it passes, this law would be the first in the country to mandate it, according to The Associated Press (AP).  

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Interview of the Week: Jon White, CEO and President, Consortium for Ocean Leadership

Interview of the Week: Jon White, CEO and President, Consortium for Ocean Leadership

Jon White had a 32-year career in the Navy, rising to its chief meteorologist and oceanographer before his 2016 appointment to lead the Consortium.  We asked him about the impact of ocean warming on our planet’s climate.

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Earth’s magnetic north pole shifting more quickly than before

Earth’s magnetic north pole shifting more quickly than before

You may think of the north pole as an affixed point the very “top” of the planet (which would be correct and that’s called the geographic north pole) but since the Earth is essentially a giant magnet the magnetic north pole is where the northern lines of attraction enter the Earth or where a compass needle […]

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