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  • Science Agency Eyes Climate Change Professor’s Use of Millions From Taxpayers

    03/28/2016 1:36:27 PM PDT · by detective · 16 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | March 23, 2016 | Kevin Mooney
    A federal science agency is “seriously” interested in reviewing tens of millions in taxpayer-funded grants awarded to a university professor who wants President Obama to prosecute those who don’t share the administration’s view that mankind is changing the world’s climate. The National Science Foundation’s inspector general appears poised to look into Jagadish Shukla’s management of federal grant money, much of it from the science agency itself.
  • Mark Steyn’s illuminating and entertaining testimony to the Cruz hearing on climate today

    12/09/2015 11:28:59 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 40 replies ^ | December 8, 2015 | Anthony Watts
    L-R Dr. Judith Curry, Dr. Will Happer, and Mark Steyn at Senate hearing today.STATEMENT TO THE SUB-COMMITTEE ON SPACE, SCIENCE AND COMPETITIVENESS OF THE UNITED STATES SENATEData or Dogma?Promoting Open Inquiry in the Debate over the Magnitude of Human Impact on Climate ChangeDecember 8th 2015My name is Mark Steyn. I am not a scientist. I am an author. My main interest in climate science is that Michael E Mann, the inventor of one of its most notorious artifacts, is suing me for “defamation of a Nobel Prize winner” – a crime that I was not aware existed, especially in his...
  • Fewer students study botany, more plant collections closing

    05/25/2015 9:39:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 25, 2015 12:36 PM EDT | Claudia Lauer
    The teeming plant world could become a virtual mystery in the coming decades as college students increasingly shy away from studying botany and universities across the U.S. shutter their long-standing herbaria. Since 1988, the number of research universities offering botany degrees has dropped by half, according to National Science Foundation research funding statistics. And the National Center for Education Statistics reports that fewer than 400 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral botany degrees were awarded in 2012. Educators say that’s because students are being pushed into more modern, technology-related majors. Current botanists fear that will lead to a dearth of people able...
  • Feds Financing System to ‘Automatically Detect’ Cyberbullying

    03/28/2015 12:13:55 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    The project was awarded this month to Rutgers University, which has received $117,102 so far. The real-time, automatic detection of hurtful online speech is necessary, according to the NSF grant, because cyberbullying is a “critical social problem.” The grant said 40 percent of American teenagers have reported being cyberbullied. ... Vivek K. Singh, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University, is leading the project. “I have worked on multiple projects including designing a novel media sharing application, detecting patterns in large scale Twitter feeds, and analyzing community behavior in social media to design...
  • Major survey shows gun ownership declining (GSS, Univ of Chicago NORC)

    03/09/2015 6:21:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 58 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 9, 2015 6:27 PM EDT | Emily Swanson
    The number of Americans who live in a household with at least one gun is lower than it’s ever been, according to a major American trend survey that finds the decline in gun ownership is paralleled by a reduction in the number of Americans who hunt. According to the latest General Social Survey, 32 percent of Americans either own a firearm themselves or live with someone who does, which ties a record low set in 2010. That’s a significant decline since the late 1970s and early 1980s, when about half of Americans told researchers there was a gun in their...
  • Egyptian Democratic Coalition Responds to Obama

    08/19/2013 3:24:27 AM PDT · by iontheball · 7 replies
    Newsmax ^ | August 19, 2013 | Free Egyptians Party
    The National Salvation Front, a coalition of pro-democratic and secular parties in Egypt, set out its objections to remarks made by President Barack Obama Thursday on the escalating violence in Egypt. Led by Ahmed Said of the Free Egyptians Party, the group issued the following letter: "Like most Egyptians, we listened with attention to your statement on Egypt's latest developments. As representatives of the non-Islamic political forces in Egypt, we believe in the same fundamental values on which the U.S. was founded. Be we also have 7,000 years of civilization and history that give us a special identity that we...
  • Feds Creating Robots for Old People

    12/13/2014 12:04:11 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 60 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 12, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The federal government is financing the creation of robots that can assist the elderly and make sure they are eating healthily.A nearly $800,000 project from the National Science Foundation (NSF) is pairing the University of Pennsylvania with a robot company to create the machines, which will be able to deliver glasses of water to senior citizens.The government said that the project is necessary due to a demographic crisis in America where soon there will not be enough young people to take care of their elders.“This Partnership For Innovation project develops and tests the use of service robots to monitor and...
  • Truthy: The Tax-Funded Speech Monitoring and Suppression Project

    11/14/2014 8:34:32 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/14/14 | Arnold Ahlert
    One professor’s million-dollar campaign against conservatives, courtesy of the taxpayer Leftist speech suppressors are at it again, but this time they’re apparently being subsidized by the American taxpayer. On Monday, House Committee on Science, Space and Technology Chairman Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) sent a letter to the head of the National Science Foundation (NSF), demanding information about the nearly $1 million spent on the “Truthy” data-mining project that monitors political speech on Twitter. “The committee and taxpayers deserve to know how NSF decided to award a large grant for a project that proposed to develop standards for online political speech...
  • Chilling Free Speech

    10/23/2014 6:52:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | October 23, 2014 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    Earlier this week, the federal government's National Science Foundation, an entity created to encourage the study of science -- encouragement that it achieves by awarding grants to scholars and universities -- announced that it had awarded a grant to study what people say about themselves and others in social media. The NSF dubbed the project Truthy, a reference to comedian Stephen Colbert's invention and hilarious use of the word "truthiness." The reference to Colbert is cute, and he is a very funny guy, but when the feds get into the business of monitoring speech, it is surely no joke; it...
  • Obama's "Truthy" Squad Set to Invade Social Media

    10/22/2014 9:02:50 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 17 replies
    Radix News ^ | October 23, 2014 | Judge Andrew P. Napolitano
    Earlier this week, the federal government’s National Science Foundation, an entity created to encourage the study of science — encouragement that it achieves by awarding grants to scholars and universities — announced that it had awarded a grant to study what people say about themselves and others in social media. The NSF dubbed the project Truthy, a reference to comedian Stephen Colbert’s invention and hilarious use of the word “truthiness.” The reference to Colbert is cute, and he is a very funny guy, but when the feds get into the business of monitoring speech, it is surely no joke; it...
  • Feds Spent $300,000 Studying How to Ride Bikes

    09/29/2014 3:40:37 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 26, 2014 4:15 pm | Elizabeth Harrington
    The National Science Foundation (NSF) spent $300,000 studying how “humans interact with bicycles,” the latest example of what a House committee chairman calls waste in the agency. The premise for the project, which was conducted between October 2009 and June 2013, was that bicycle dynamics are “poorly understood,” and researchers set out to come up with new designs to encourage more Americans to bike to lower their carbon footprint. […] To fulfill this goal, the researchers built two bicycles and rode them on treadmills. …
  • National Science Foundation funded climate change musical to tune of $700,000

    03/31/2014 6:36:48 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 31, 2014 | Perry Chiaramonte
    Call it Climate Change: The Musical! The National Science Foundation has spent nearly $700,000 on a climate change-themed theatrical production, leaving some in Congress questioning if the organization's grant funds could be put to better use. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, questioned White House science czar John Holdren in a hearing last Thursday about the way the NSF is using taxpayer money -- including on the grants for the play, a New York production called "The Great Immensity." “I support basic research, which can lead to discoveries that change our world, expand our horizons and save lives,” Smith, chairman of the...
  • Poll: 26 percent in U.S. do not know Earth goes around sun

    02/15/2014 12:37:32 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 79 replies
    UPI ^ | February 15, 2014
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Twenty-six percent of U.S. respondents do not realize Earth revolves around the sun, a survey by the National Science Foundation indicated. The NSF conducts the poll on some basic science facts every two years, The Atlantic reported. The foundation said there has been little change in the percentages of correct answers since 1992.
  • Egyptian Salafi Cleric Mahmoud Shaaban Calls to Kill National Salvation Front

    02/09/2013 11:30:39 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    MEMRI ^ | 1/2/13 | Mahmoud Shaaban
    In brief: Kill the opposition. Allah commands it.
  • Oregon State University Wins Contract to Build New Oceanographic Research Vessels

    02/02/2013 10:37:33 PM PST · by neverdem · 10 replies
    ScienceInsider ^ | 1 February 2013 | Carolyn Gramling
    Enlarge Image Credit: UNOLS As many as three new coastal research vessels are slated to join the United States' oceanographic research fleet—and Oregon State University will take the lead in designing and building them, OSU President Edward Ray announced yesterday. The National Science Foundation (NSF) will give OSU an initial $3 million to coordinate the concept design; the total expected cost will be $290 million, assuming the U.S. Congress comes up with the money for the new ships. The vessels are part of a long-term plan to replace some of the vessels in the rapidly aging U.S. scientific fleet....
  • Questions for Scientists/Researchers/Engineers/Doctors and other supporters of science on FR

    10/26/2012 11:20:22 PM PDT · by emax · 61 replies
    This inquiry ideally meant for anyone here who is a research scientist or engineer in the STEM disciplines and who has a Master's or a PhD or a Doctor or current graduate student and/or anyone who has genuine knowledge of Democrat and Republican, in particular Obama and Tea Party Republican, policies of research and development. The main question is this : How do we address those within and outside the scientific community who insist we must have Obama and fellow militant leftist Democrats in power otherwise STEM research and development and cancer and other medical research in this country will...
  • Professors create index for social rights

    07/20/2011 10:00:42 PM PDT · by matt04 · 12 replies
    STORRS, Conn. (AP) - Professors in Connecticut and New York have created an index to measure countries' performance in ensuring developing economic and social rights. Officials at the University of Connecticut say the index takes into account a country's resources to give a reliable indication of social and economic progress. ... They have also received a National Science Foundation grant to study economic and social rights further.
  • Wayne State University researchers win grant from the NSF to target tinnitus

    06/21/2011 7:40:30 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 14 replies
    Eureka Alert! ^ | 06-20-2011 | Staff
    DETROIT — A team of Wayne State University researchers was awarded $330,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a 3-D neural probe. Their aim is to develop an implantable device that will suppress tinnitus, a neurological disorder that affects more than 250 million people worldwide. With the ever-expanding knowledge in the fields of neuroscience and neurosurgery, there is an increasing need for devices and tools that enable neuroscientists to delve deeper into the physiological and pathological function of neural tissue at the level of groups of neurons. A variety of neural probes developed have significantly contributed to important...
  • OK Sen. Coburn Report Shows Taxpayer Money Spent on Robots That Fold Laundry, Shrimp on Treadmills

    05/26/2011 9:26:00 AM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
    ABC News ^ | 5/26/11 | JONATHAN KARL and MATTHEW JAFFE
    Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn Report Shows Taxpayer Money Spent on Robots That Fold Laundry, Shrimp on TreadmillsBy JONATHAN KARL and MATTHEW JAFFE May 26, 2011 You've probably heard of shrimp on the barbie, but what about shrimp on a treadmill? The National Science Foundation has, and it spent $500,000 of taxpayer money researching it. It's not entirely clear what this research hoped to establish. But it's one of a number of projects cited in a scathing new report from Sen. Tom Coburn, a Republican from Oklahoma, exclusively obtained by ABC News. It's not just shrimp on a treadmill. The foundation...
  • Rockets, doughnuts could face ax in US budget cuts

    02/11/2011 12:08:04 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2/11/11 | Kerry Sheridan - AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – Hundreds of millions of US taxpayer dollars have been wasted on everything from doughnuts to rockets, auditors told Congress Thursday as budget-minded lawmakers prepared to slash science funding. For example, hundreds of millions of dollars are being spent each month on a NASA program to return Americans to the moon, even though the US space agency, Congress and President Barack Obama have agreed not to proceed with it. Old, rundown buildings are draining 300 million dollars a year from NASA in repair costs alone, and at least one space telescope project has run billions over budget, more...
  • Nearly 100 ‘Climate Education Programs’ funded by NASA, NOAA, NSF & EPA

    02/02/2011 8:03:20 AM PST · by wewillnotcomply · 8 replies ^ | 2/2/11 | Sam
    Four Federal agencies are funding at least 95 'Climate education programs'. These programs are specifically designed to influence students, teachers, and the public in general about climate change. Based on their summaries (which I will share) these programs are not intended to present information and let the public decide for themselves. Instead, they are designed for two goals. One, to influence the public to accept and take action on climate change. Two, to increase the future workforce involved in climate change fields. I will take each agency in turn, look at their stated goals, then look through some of the...
  • Antarctic IceCube observatory to hunt dark matter (NSF study 'In Search of Neutrinos')

    12/23/2010 12:42:44 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 1+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 12/23/10 | AFP
    WELLINGTON (AFP) – An extraordinary underground observatory for subatomic particles has been completed in a huge cube of ice one kilometre on each side deep under the South Pole, researchers said. Building the IceCube, the world's largest neutrino observatory, has taken a gruelling decade of work in the Antarctic tundra and will help scientists study space particles in the search for dark matter, invisible material that makes up most of the Universe's mass. The observatory, located 1,400 metres underground near the US Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, cost more than 270 million dollars, according to the US National Science Foundation (NSF)....
  • Statement from the President on the National Broadband Plan

    03/17/2010 11:15:41 PM PDT · by Cindy · 31 replies · 587+ views ^ | March 16, 2010 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Home • Briefing Room • Statements & Releases The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release March 16, 2010 Statement from the President on the National Broadband Plan America today is on the verge of a broadband-driven Internet era that will unleash innovation, create new jobs and industries, provide consumers with new powerful sources of information, enhance American safety and security, and connect communities in ways that strengthen our democracy. Just as past generations of Americans met the great infrastructure challenges of the day, such as building the Transcontinental...
  • National Science Foundation Funds Report Calling Obamacare Opponents Racist

    06/17/2010 5:31:57 PM PDT · by Qbert · 28 replies · 839+ views
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/17/2010 | Mike Riggs
    If you think $50,000 doesn’t buy what it used to, think again. For that rough sum, a professor at UCLA has agreed to draw up a report that proves opponents of the Democrats’ health-care bill aren’t motivated by a sense of fiscal responsibility or a general distrust of back-room deals, but by race. The kicker? Taxpayers are funding the study. According to the study’s abstract, provided by the National Science Foundation, a government agency under the control of the executive branch: “This research project attempts to provide further evidence for this Obama-induced racialization by pinpointing the extent that health-care opinions...
  • State of Virginia to Investigate Global Warming Scientist Mann

    05/01/2010 10:54:49 AM PDT · by PROCON · 19 replies · 866+ views ^ | April, 30, 2010
    A legal battle is heating up faster than the planet for embattled climatologist Michael Mann. First word emerged that the inspector general for the National Science Foundation would look into the Penn State panel reviewing the climate scientist, who is currently director of the school's Earth System Science Center. Now the attorney general for his old employer the University of Virginia is planning an investigation, too.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Porn surfing rampant at U.S. science foundation

    04/23/2010 4:48:16 PM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 16 replies · 717+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 9/29/09 | Jim McElhatton
    Employee misconduct investigations, often involving workers accessing pornography from their government computers, grew sixfold last year inside the taxpayer-funded foundation that doles out billions of dollars of scientific research grants, according to budget documents and other records obtained by The Washington Times. The problems at the National Science Foundation (NSF) were so pervasive they swamped the agency's inspector general and forced the internal watchdog to cut back on its primary mission of investigating grant fraud and recovering misspent tax dollars. "To manage this dramatic increase without an increase in staff required us to significantly reduce our efforts to investigate grant...
  • What happened to evolution at the NSB? (belief in evolution no longer a metric in science literacy?)

    04/12/2010 8:35:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 190 replies · 1,745+ views
    A section describing survey results about the American public's beliefs about evolution and the Big Bang was removed from the 2010 edition of Science and Engineering Indicators. According to a post on the AAAS's Science Insider blog (April 8, 2010) and a subsequent report in Science (April 9, 2010; subscription required), although survey results about evolution and the Big Bang have regularly appeared in the National Science Board's Science and Engineering Indicators, its biennial compilation of global data about science, engineering, and technology, they were absent from the 2010 edition. NCSE's Joshua Rosenau decried the decision, saying, "Discussing American science...
  • At National Science Foundation Internet PORN is "The Thing to Do"

    09/28/2009 11:15:59 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 1 replies · 448+ views
    washingon times/the lid ^ | 9/29/09 | The Lid
    This story is a double-edged sword. On one hand the Washington Times has found that spending working hours on internet porn is rampant at the National Science Foundation and has grown sixfold in the past year, but on the bright side while they are screwing around on porn sites, they aren't screwing around with the country. Like when the Foundation awarded a grant of more than $325,000 to Daniel Shain, professor at Rutgers University, to trek to Alaska in search of the elusive ice worm. Unfortunately, he and several students spent two weeks last August hunting through snow and ice...
  • Journalists protest Global Warming spin cycle

    07/02/2009 11:55:11 PM PDT · by neverdem · 27 replies · 1,092+ views
    American Thinker ^ | July 03, 2009 | William Tate
    Even journalists are beginning to revolt at tactics the government is now using to spin the Global Warming myth. Controversy erupted this week at the World Conference of Science Journalists over the National Science Foundation's "underwriting" of media projects. It turns out that the NSF, which is heavily invested in propagating the Global Warming party line, has been quietly producing content for news outlets, content which the casual observer might not recognize for the propaganda it is. According to the Columbia Journalism Review, the NSF's Jeff Nesbit was met with "consternation" at the London conference for "attempting to 'disguise' publicity as...
  • Journalists protest Global Warming spin cycle

    07/03/2009 5:45:55 AM PDT · by NMRed · 6 replies · 489+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 07/03/2009 | William Tate
    Even journalists are beginning to revolt at tactics the government is now using to spin the Global Warming myth. Controversy erupted this week at the World Conference of Science Journalists over the National Science Foundation's "underwriting" of media projects. It turns out that the NSF, which is heavily invested in propagating the Global Warming party line, has been quietly producing content for news outlets, content which the casual observer might not recognize...
  • Syrian opposition group collapses

    04/25/2009 2:51:50 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 228+ views
    The National ^ | April 22. 2009 | Phil Sands
    DAMASCUS // The birth of the National Salvation Front (NSF) in the spring of 2006 prompted intense speculation that the Syrian opposition, for so long weak and divided, had unified and would launch a serious challenge to the leadership of Bashar Assad, the president. Syria had just been forced to withdraw its army from Lebanon, a major setback for the regime, and was under intense pressure from the international community for reform. Abdelhalim Khaddam, the former vice president, had defected to Brussels and vowed to reveal many regime secrets and a political storm was brewing over Damascus. In this turbulent...
  • The Pornification of a Culture -- What's Going on in the Office Next Door?

    02/27/2009 4:06:08 AM PST · by GonzoII · 242 replies · 5,086+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | February 26, 2009 | Dr. Albert Mohler
    Thursday February 26, 2009 The Pornification of a Culture -- What's Going on in the Office Next Door? Commentary by Dr. Albert MohlerFebruary 26, 2009 ( - The scourge of pornography is now so pervasive that it begins to define the culture at large.  America is fast transforming itself from a society that allows and markets pornography into a culture that is pornographic.  Boundary after boundary is being transgressed.Adding insult to injury, courts have ruled that public libraries have no right to use filters that prevent viewing of pornography on public computers.  Now, the marketers of pornography are looking...
  • Grassley launches porn inquiry (National Science Foundation)

    01/28/2009 6:09:01 AM PST · by markomalley · 12 replies · 1,047+ views
    Politico ^ | 1/28/2009 | ANDIE COLLER
    Chuck Grassley knows it when he sees it. The “it,” of course, is pornography. And Grassley has seen it deep in a demurely titled section of a report from the National Science Foundation — a report that says NSF employees have been spending significant amounts of company time on smut sites and in other explicit pursuits. Grassley, the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, on Tuesday fired off a letter to the NSF’s inspector general requesting all documents related to the “numerous reports” and seven investigations into “Abuse of NSF IT Resources” cited in the foundation’s 68-page semiannual report....
  • [NPR] Radio Host Has Drug Company Ties

    11/23/2008 11:39:07 PM PST · by CE2949BB · 8 replies · 659+ views
    The New York Times ^ | November 21, 2008 | Gardiner Harris
    An influential psychiatrist who was the host of the popular public radio program “The Infinite Mind” earned at least $1.3 million from 2000 to 2007 giving marketing lectures for drugmakers, income not mentioned on the program. The psychiatrist and radio host, Dr. Frederick K. Goodwin, is the latest in a series of doctors and researchers whose ties to drugmakers have been uncovered by Senator Charles E. Grassley, Republican of Iowa. Dr. Goodwin, a former director of the National Institute of Mental Health, is the first news media figure to be investigated. Dr. Goodwin’s weekly radio programs have often touched on...
  • Internet Full of 'Black Holes'

    04/11/2008 1:06:37 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 40 replies · 95+ views
    livescience ^ | Fri Apr 11, 12:15 PM ET | Clara Moskowitz
    You're pounding the keyboard, double-clicking away, sighing and grumbling, but to no avail: That devilish little hourglass icon refuses to give way to the Web site you're trying to reach. Most Internet users have encountered trouble reaching online destinations, but they often attribute the problem to their wireless network cutting out or a server momentarily going down. Sometimes, though, the problem is more mysterious. At any given moment, messages throughout the world are lost to cyber black holes, according to new computer science research. Ethan Katz-Bassett, a graduate student in computer science at the University of Washington, and his advisor,...
  • Title IX Conquers Science

    03/13/2008 12:38:34 PM PDT · by bs9021 · 37 replies · 808+ views
    Campus Report ^ | March 13, 2008 | Malcolm Kline
    Title IX Conquers Science by: Malcolm A. Kline, March 13, 2008 When feminists attempted to open up college sports opportunities for women via federal Title IX regulations, national enforcement of these rules had the perhaps unintended consequence of hastening the demise of men’s teams at the collegiate level. Now they are attempting something much more ambitious—the feminization of science. In the latest issue of The American, Christina Hoff Sommers reports on legislation making its way through the U. S. Congress designed to lessen the male dominance of the hard sciences. Additionally, the Bush Administration has already funneled millions of dollars...
  • Sony Might Have Gotten It Right with the PS3 from the Beginning

    11/25/2007 10:38:14 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 44 replies · 395+ views
    Softpedia ^ | November 5th, 2007 | Filip Truta
    Dr Gaurav Khanna is a professor at the University of Massachusetts. He has been renting supercomputers at NASA and the US National Science Foundation for US$20,000-$30,000 a year to run complicated calculations on just how much radiation is emitted in the process of a black hole swallowing a star... "For US$4,000 or so, I can get eight PS3s that can do the same task that I'd do on a supercomputer. For a one-time cost, I have this resource I can use privately. I can use it indefinitely over and over again. That's hugely attractive. That's why I considered the project....
  • Title IX Termagants

    02/08/2008 7:32:44 AM PST · by bs9021 · 2 replies · 90+ views
    Campus Report ^ | February 8, 2008 | Malcolm Kline
    Title IX Termagants by: Malcolm A. Kline, February 08, 2008 Not content to merely disrupt college sports with federal Title IX rules that mandate parity between men’s and women’s sports whether the ladies want to play or not, feminists are trying to feminize science, even if women do not want to pursue it as a career. As I pointed out in an article in The American Enterprise magazine back in 2005, the National Science Foundation gives grants to female engineering students far in excess of the percentage of the profession, or for that matter the student body in the field...
  • Program cultivates homegrown [engineering] talent

    11/25/2007 9:34:20 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies · 133+ views
    Valley Press on ^ | Sunday, November 25, 2007. | JAMES RUFUS KOREN
    As baby boomers retire, aerospace and engineering companies in the Antelope Valley need an influx of new workers - homegrown, if possible. Like creosote, mesquite and other native plant species, Antelope Valley residents have an easier time putting down roots in the dusty Mojave Desert, home to Plant 42 and Edwards Air Force Base. "From an employer's perspective, we see much higher rates of turnover when we recruit young engineers from anywhere east of California," said Michael Huggins, chief of the Air Force Research Lab at Edwards. "They're not used to the desert environment and they're away from home." Using...
  • Study of Bush's Psyche Touches a Nerve (August 13, 2003)

    09/09/2007 1:22:49 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 27 replies · 1,077+ views
    Guardian ^ | August 13, 2003 | Julian Borger
    A study funded by the US government has concluded that conservatism can be explained psychologically as a set of neuroses rooted in "fear and aggression, dogmatism and the intolerance of ambiguity". As if that was not enough to get Republican blood boiling, the report's four authors linked Hitler, Mussolini, Ronald Reagan and the rightwing talkshow host, Rush Limbaugh, arguing they all suffered from the same affliction. All of them "preached a return to an idealised past and condoned inequality". Republicans are demanding to know why the psychologists behind the report, Political Conservatism as Motivated Social Cognition, received $1.2m in public...
  • Clinton says Bush waged 'insidious campaign against science' (SF's G'Nuisance' endorses Hildebeast)

    08/10/2007 6:30:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies · 824+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/10/07 | Lisa Leff - ap
    Sen. Hillary Clinton said Friday that if elected president she would work to reverse "a very insidious campaign against science" waged by the Bush administration on issues such as stem cell research, global warming and human evolution. Visiting the future site of a science education center that's being billed as the world's most environmentally friendly museum, Clinton argued that the executive branch has put ideology over evidence at the expense of the nation's health and economic viability. "Scientists have been muzzled. Information has been taken off government-sponsored Web sites. The leaders of our country have dismissed scientific research and advancements,"...
  • The Kapok Connection: Study Explains Rainforest Similarities

    06/22/2007 10:28:02 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies · 278+ views
    National Science Foundation, Press Release 07-068 ^ | Last Updated: June 15, 2007 | Cheryl Dybas, Nancy Ross-Flanigan
    ...the kapok tree now is upsetting an idea that biologists have clung to for decades: the notion that African and South American rainforests are similar because the continents were connected 96 million years ago. Research by University of Michigan evolutionary ecologist Christopher Dick and colleagues shows that kapok -- and perhaps other rainforest -- trees colonized Africa after the continents split when the trees' seeds traveled across the ocean... said Sam Scheiner, program director in NSF's Division of Environmental Biology, which funded the research. "In order to plan for and mitigate global climate change, we need to understand the history...
  • Simulation Finds 9/11 Fireproofing Key

    06/20/2007 6:47:14 PM PDT · by bnelson44 · 43 replies · 1,127+ views
    FoxNews ^ | 6/20/07
    A computer simulation of the 2001 World Trade Center attacks supports a federal agency’s findings that the initial impact from the hijacked airplanes stripped away crucial fireproofing material and that the weakened towers collapsed under their own weight. The two-year Purdue University study, funded in part by the National Science Foundation, was the first to use 3-D animation to provide visual context to the attacks, said Christoph Hoffmann, a professor of computer science and one of the lead researchers on the project. “One thing it does point out… is the absolute essential nature of fireproofing steel structures,” Hoffmann told The...
  • National Engineers Week: Feb 19-25

    02/20/2006 8:24:23 AM PST · by avg_freeper · 113 replies · 1,609+ views
    EWEEK ^ | Feb. 19, 2005 | various
    Main Site: with activities for kids Lockheed Martin Inspires Central Florida Students to Pursue Technical Careers During National Engineers Week 2006 ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Lockheed Martin's Central Florida businesses will support local activities to promote math and science education for students during National Engineers Week, February 19-25. Through fun hands-on activities, students will learn about engineering and engineering careers.excerpt...General Dynamics Hosts Student Events for National Engineers WeekARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD - News), is sponsoring events nationwide during National Engineers Week beginning Feb....
  • "God is Dead," Now We'll Create our Global Village -or- Why Christians are Mentally Ill

    01/02/2006 4:01:41 AM PST · by Lindykim · 68 replies · 4,209+ views
    Chronwatch ^ | Jan. 2, 2006 | Linda Kimball
    "In Aug., 2003, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced the results of their $1.2 million tax-payer funded study.  It stated, essentially, that traditionalists are mentally disturbed.  Scholars from the Universities of Maryland, California at Berkeley, and Stanford had determined that social conservatives, in particular, suffer from 'mental rigidity,' 'dogmatism,' and 'uncertainty avoidance,' together with associated indicators for mental illness."  (B.K. Eakman, Chronicles, Oct. 2004, pp. 28-29)   As usual with leftists, the true meaning of their words is couched in deceptive code.  When the deceptions are peeled away we discover that ''dogmatism''...
  • In computer science, a growing gender gap

    12/18/2005 7:00:11 AM PST · by A. Pole · 91 replies · 1,843+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | December 18, 2005 | Marcella Bombardieri
    [...] Today, Souvaine chairs the Tufts University computer science department, which has more female professors than male. But few younger women have followed in her generation's footsteps. Next spring, when 22 computer science graduates accept their Tufts diplomas, only four will be women. Born in contemporary times, free of the male-dominated legacy common to other sciences and engineering, computer science could have become a model for gender equality. [...] When Tara Espiritu arrived at Tufts, she was the rare young woman planning to become a computer scientist.[...]The same men always spoke up, often to raise some technical point that meant...
  • National Science Foundation team that is studying the levee system's performance during Katrina.

    10/17/2005 6:15:56 PM PDT · by sefarkas · 17 replies · 577+ views
    Washington bureau Times-Picayune ^ | October 17, 2005 | John McQuaid
    WASHINGTON - Soil tests indicate that a soft, spongy layer of swamp peat underneath the 17th Street canal floodwall was the weak point that caused soil to move and the wall to breach during Hurricane Katrina, an engineer who has studied the data says. "The thing that is remarkable here is the very low strength of the soils around the bottom of the sheet pile" base of the floodwall, said Robert Bea, a geotechnical engineer at the University of California, Berkeley, who examined the test results. Bea is a member of the National Science Foundation team that is studying the...
  • Antarctica 'Lost World' Found

    08/15/2005 1:01:20 PM PDT · by TerP26 · 118 replies · 4,251+ views
    CNN ^ | 08/14/2005
    Two teams of researchers, working separately thousands of miles from each other but both defeating incredible odds, have made stunning finds in frozen Antarctica -- so stunning that the National Science Foundation calls their discoveries evidence of a lost world. The researchers found what they believe to be the fossilized remains of two species of dinosaurs previously unknown to science. One is a 70-million-year old quick-moving meat-eater found on the bottom of an Antarctic sea, while and the other is a 200-million-year-old giant plant-eater that was found on the top of a mountain, reports Reuters. The lost world in which...
  • Panelists decry Bush science policies (Global warming whiner alert)

    02/20/2005 7:51:38 PM PST · by LeeHarvey · 8 replies · 517+ views
    Kansas City Star ^ | 2/20/2005 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON - The voice of science is being stifled in the Bush administration, with fewer scientists heard in policy discussions and money for research and advanced training being cut, according to panelists at a national science meeting. ... Rosina Bierbaum, dean of the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment, said the Bush administration has cut scientists out of some of the policy-making processes, particularly on environmental issues. "In previous administrations, scientists were always at the table when regulations were being developed," she said. "Science never had the last voice, but it had a voice." Issues on global...
  • Method ranks impact of computer and information science funding agencies, institutions & individuals

    12/13/2004 7:51:52 PM PST · by ckilmer · 1 replies · 358+ views
    eurekalert ^ | 13-Dec-2004
    Public release date: 13-Dec-2004 [ Print Article | E-mail Article | Close Window ] Contact: Margaret Hopkins 814-865-7888 Penn State Method ranks impact of computer and information science funding agencies, institutions & individuals The National Science Foundation tops all national and international agencies for funding research that makes the most impact in computer and information science, according to Penn State researchers in the School of Information Sciences and Technology (IST). The researchers have developed a new method which can automatically extract and identify acknowledgments of funding agencies, institutions and individuals in papers available on the Internet and indexed on...