Read our thoughts about how politics still continue to clash with science, or sometimes outright ignores it. While we might not be able to change the political climate, we can always educate ourselves or at least make a good joke out of it. (#dyinginside)

Is coal going the way of the dinosaurs?

Implosion and dis-mantling of the coal-powered Navajo Generating Station in December 2020. Photo credit: Adrian Herder/Tó Nizhóní Ání In the midst of the most bitter election battle ever, you might not have noticed a really significant news item. On December 18, 2020, the stacks at the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) were imploded as part of the dis-mantling of what once was one of the largest…

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If Science Eludes Us, So Does Democracy: 2021 version!

If Science Eludes Us, So Does Democracy Thirty-four years ago, I wrote an op-ed with the same title as this one.  At the time, I was a grad student at UW.   This article was published in the Seattle Times on 8/17/1986. You can click here to see my old and yellowed copy of this. sci_eludes_1986-1Download Or if you are a Times subscriber, you…

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Did climate change contribute to the recent (2020) wildfires in the Western U.S.?

The New York Times (NYT) published an excellent story today about the massive 2020 fires on the West Coast. You can read the story here. This article does a great job of documenting the dramatic rise in fires in the western states. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that they quoted me in the story…. A recent story in the Seattle Times documents that…

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So how do scientists ensure honest and truthful results?

What is “Peer review” and why is it so important to science? The goal of the scientific process is to discover things that no one knew before and push the frontiers of knowledge. How do we do this? Well, first, remember, nobody is perfect. Scientists make mistakes and can sometimes fool themselves into thinking they are right, when they are not. But still….the…

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