- Arizona Governor Jan Brewer wants more federal help with immigration. Texas wants federal funds to fix a congested rail intersection. Washington Senate candidate Clint Didier has received more than a quarter million federal dollars, in farm subsidies. It's always good to see Republicans appreciating a strong federal government.
- The right wing media figure out whom to blame for the brutal Gaza flotilla raid: President Obama. The always relevant John McCain concurs.
- ARTnews provides an interesting take on the recent heist of works by Picasso, Matisse, Braque, Modigliani, and Léger from the Paris Museum of Modern Art.
- At Scholars & Rogues, Brian Angliss debunks yet another attempt to make of the stolen emails a climate change science scandal.
- The world's political and economic leaders aren't close to addressing climate change with the urgency that is needed. Perhaps this casualty will motivate them: great wine.
- In Science, Pierce S. Corden, of the AAAS Center for Science, Technology, and Security Policy urges ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty.
- Neanderthals walked into Ice Age Britain some 40,000 years earlier than had been thought. And please don't insult them with Republican comparisons!
Acting within 24 hours of receiving a request from researchers, the National Science Foundation late last week made an emergency allocation of 1 million compute hours on a supercomputer at the Texas Advanced Computing Center at the University of Texas to study how the oil spreading from BP's gusher will affect coastlines.
The goal is to produce models that can forecast how the oil may spread in environmentally sensitive areas by showing in detail what happens when oil interacts with marshes, vegetation and currents.
What may be just as important are models that simulate what could happen if a hurricane carried the oil miles inland, said researchers in interviews.
Such scientific access is critical, and the NSF's quick response is highly laudable.
- It's not often that a public figure makes a terrible mistake, fully owns up to it, and is graciously forgiven by the mistake's victim. Granted, it was but a baseball game, but Jim Joyce and Armando Galarraga have set an example that many others, both public and private, would do well to follow.
Posted: 2010-06-06 16:00:04Author:
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