Marketing Science

Via FriendFeed, I came across an article by Deepak Singh on attention and science, which spins off a long rant by Kevin Kelly on the idea that Where ever attention flows, money will follow. Deepak writes: Attention can be driven by many mechanisms, marketing being the most effective one. The key is gaining sufficient mindshare, […]

Go, Barney Frank

The House Republicans blame their failure to pass the bailout bill on Mean Nancy Pelosi, and Barney Frank lets them have it: The key bit, for those who don’t want to watch YouTube: “[T]hink about this. ‘Somebody hurt my feelings, so I will punish the country.’ That’s hardly plausible. And there are 12 Republican members […]

Why So Many Words?

Sometime last week, I was directed to Chris Wilson’s article in Slate, which comes with the provocative subtitle “Why can’t science journalists just tell it like it is when it comes to particle physics?” I flagged this as a good jumping-off point for a blog post about how hard it is to communicate science to […]

links for 2008-09-30

A Tribute to Paul Newman | Popdose "What the world will miss most about Paul Newman isn’t his artistry as an actor and a director, both of stage and film, but it is his kindness and all-around stature as a good man." (tags: movies society culture) Study of Standardized Admissions Tests Is Big Draw at […]

Guess the Nobels, Win a Prize

October is almost upon us, which means that the winners of the 2008 Nobel Prizes will be announced soon. Very soon– the first announcement (for Medicine) is next Monday. The most important announcement– the Nobel in Physics– is next Tuesday, October 7. This is a good excuse for a contest, so: Leave a comment on […]

Fourth Time’s the Charm

Congratulations to SpaceX for successfully launching a payload into orbit after three failed attempts: The two-stage Falcon 1 rocket built by Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) lifted off at about 7:15 p.m. EDT (2315 GMT) from the U.S. Army’s Ronald Reagan Ballistic Defense Test Site on the Kwajalein Atoll in the about 2,500 miles (4,023 km) […]

links for 2008-09-29

Cocktail Party Physics: prime time science Why you should stop worrying and learn to love science-themed tv shows. (tags: television science culture society) blarg? » I’m Sorry, Are You From The Past? Standards-compliant Web design, Microsoft style. (tags: computing internet stupid)