A little background on the Mariana Trench given its current prominence in the news. That second researcher featured in the video, Prof. Terry Plank? Yeah, I teach with her.
An amazing new exhibit on bioluminescence opens this weekend at the American Museum of Natural History. (WITH VIDEO)
Speaking of bioluminescence, check out these photos of glowing waves coming ashore in the Maldives.
Jeff Bezos of Amazon fame has located the engines from first stage of the Saturn V rocket that launched Apollo 11 to the moon...at the bottom of the Atlantic.
If it seems as if, with increasing frequency and intensity, American conservatives are hostile towards science -- climate change, evolution, medical research, etc. -- it's not your imagination.This chart, as part of a study from Gordon Gauchat, made the rounds yesterday, and with good reason. It shows the trend over the last four decades of Americans' trust in science, as broken down by political ideology. read more
UPDATE: A federal judge in Wisconsin today struck part of the state's union-stripping bill (pdf of the ruling).EARLIER: As expected, the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board ordered recall elections for Governor Scott Walker, Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and three Republican state Senators. The board also ordered a recall election for a fourth Republican state senator, Pam Galloway, but she resigned earlier this month. read more
Today's installment of campaign-related news items that won't necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers:* As the Republican establishment continues to coalesce around Mitt Romney, the former governor picked up an endorsement this morning from House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). read more
The New York Times reported a few weeks ago that President Obama and his re-election team are making "an intensified effort ... to build support among women, using the debate over the new health care law to amplify an appeal that already appears to be benefiting from partisan clashes over birth control and abortion."As a simple electoral matter, this makes a lot of sense. read more
Karl Rove's attack group, American Crossroads, released a new video this morning, going after President Obama for his hot-mic comments on missile defense, which tops off a week in which the right has been desperate to turn this into a real story.Rick Santorum said Obama's comments suggest "he's willing to sacrifice American security and willing to sacrifice the security of our allies." Mitt Romney said the president's can't "recover from" such a humiliation. read more
About a month ago, it looked as if Mitt Romney's presidential campaign had the worst surrogates ever -- several of the former governor's highest profile supporters had no qualms about saying how wrong Romney is on major issues of the day.Five weeks later, Romney's surrogates appear to be even less on-message than before.Gov. Chris Christie told Oprah Winfrey in an interview broadcast tonight on OWN that a lot depends on whether he'll run for president in 2016, but one thing's for sure: "In terms of me, I'll be much more ready four years from now," he said.Wrong answer. read more
The right feels awfully good about this week's proceedings at the Supreme Court, and have renewed hope that five justices will undo all of the recent advances in U.S. health care. The Republican National Committee is so pleased, it released this ad yesterday, which includes actual audio from the oral arguments.There's not much to see in the ad; what matters is the audio -- we hear Solicitor General Donald Verrilli defending the Affordable Care Act, but stumbling, pausing, and twice stopping for water. read more
The United States spends more on its military than any other nation on the planet by a large margin. Indeed, we spend nearly as much as the combined military budgets of all the world powers. Given the nation's fiscal challenges, combined with the fact that we've already ended one major war and are winding down another, it's not surprising that sensible voices believe it's time to scale back the Pentagon budget.That includes, by the way, officials at the Pentagon. U.S. read more
Jed Lewison wrote yesterday that Rick Santorum is "so desperate for gravitas," he chose to deliver "a foreign policy speech at a jelly bean store" so voters might connect the former senator to Ronald Reagan. I thought Jed was kidding.He wasn't. This is actually part of Santorum's new strategy to get people to take him seriously.Mr. Santorum spoke before a crowd of 300 people at the Jelly Belly Candy Company , a most unlikely setting for what was billed as "a major foreign policy speech." But there was a connection. read more
Health reform's fate will be decided today, although we won't know what it is.The Scott Walker recall is officially a go today.Herman Cain's smoking man Mark Block has caught the attention of the FBI.Life on the lam with Osama bin Laden.Child witnesses to Afghan murders say the soldier accused of killing was not alone.A rare frog spotted for the first time since 1949.The self-driving car is here! read more