science

Things That Are Bad

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Your DGB for this weekend is to help the head of the EPA navigate the murky waters of facts.

Scott Pruitt, who we can safely assume did not obtain a degree in any sciences before he tripped and fell into politics, recently had this to say about Climate Change:

 

“I think there’s assumptions made that because the climate is warming, that that necessarily is a bad thing.”

 

And we all know what they say about assuming based on hypotheses proven by objective and verifiable observation, right? Those are facts.

Here are some examples of other empirically bad things you can Tweet at the EPA Administrator:

 

.@EPAScottPruitt I think there’s assumptions made that because cancer has spread, that that necessarily is a bad thing.

 

.@EPAScottPruitt I think there’s assumptions made that because a parachute doesn’t open, that that necessarily is a bad thing.

 

.@EPAScottPruitt I think there’s assumptions made that because you were hit by a car, that that necessarily is a bad thing.

 

 

Science the Hell Out of the New Year

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Your DGB for today is to find your new favorite way to geek out on science and become a citizen scientist.

One DGB staffer, who also happens to also be a redhead like the host, has recently become obsessed with the Ologies podcast by Alie Ward. https://www.alieward.com/ologies/ It’s super funny, chock full of random facts, and pretty much everything we could want in a science podcast, and I bet you didn’t even know you were looking for a science podcast. Recently, Alie and a guest discussed being citizen scientists, which DGB has tackled before: https://www.dailygrabback.com/todays-grab-1/2016/12/20/become-a-citizen-scientist-with-crowd-sourced-research and we wanted to remind you guys to get involved with the sciences at home because, Lord knows, the White House isn’t passing along the funding for it.

Some cool projects we’re currently loving are as follows:

https://www.galaxyzoo.org - almost no one has seen these images of space you’re about to see and you get to help categorize them. Some people have even had cool and unusual stuff named after them. We’re obsessed.

https://www.bumblebeewatch.org DGB staffers have a slight fixation with bees. You can help track different kinds of bumblebees and let others know when you see rare and endangered species.

https://www.operationwardiary.org/?_ga=2.89638107.1508757513.1515471804-167214861.1515471804 Help annotate diaries from the First World War. You can help preserve world history and perhaps even connect someone to their family story.

Need some more ideas? Check here: https://www.zooniverse.org/projects?page=2&status=live and find a project that interests you and spend the new year enriching your life and the lives of others.

 

Become a Citizen Scientist with Crowd-Sourced Research

Your DGB for today is to check out the      Citizen Science Alliance  .  and find a project to which you’d be willing to contribute. The Citizen Science Alliance works to put research scientists together with ordinary people, like you and me, to crowd-source science. Choose from a list of active projects all over the world and get nerdy with us. Some of the projects require you to examine images: rain forest canopies, gravitational waves, or traces of meteor activity; while others will only require a tiny fraction of your computer’s processing power to analyze data on a range of research projects. Still others need your eagle eyes on wildlife cams or help in transcribing oral history.  Do as much or as little as you like.    Science is currently under attack in the US. Anti-science positions like climate change denial, creationism, anti-vaccination, and anti-stem cell research are commonplace among policy makers. These science deniers are in all levels of politics; starting local, like the board of education, and climbing all the way up Capitol Hill. We now have a President-elect who thinks climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese, and who is tapping anti-science figures left and right for cabinet positions. Trump’s pick for head of the Department of the Interior, Rep. Ryan Zinke, doesn’t take climate change seriously. Neither does former Gov. TX Rick Perry, his pick for Secretary of Energy. The proposed head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, is a climate change denier. In short, Trump’s administration has the potential to be      the most anti-science and anti-environment cabinet      in a long time...maybe ever. This should scare the pants off of all of us, if you’re prone to wearing pants.    In addition to this DGB you can also vote for pro-science candidates in the  mid-term elections  and support organizations that defend and value science, like the ones outlined in this      article   , in addition to the    National Center for Science Education    and      Union of Concerned Scientists  .   As the wise Bill Nye says “Science Rules!”     

Your DGB for today is to check out the Citizen Science Alliance. and find a project to which you’d be willing to contribute. The Citizen Science Alliance works to put research scientists together with ordinary people, like you and me, to crowd-source science. Choose from a list of active projects all over the world and get nerdy with us. Some of the projects require you to examine images: rain forest canopies, gravitational waves, or traces of meteor activity; while others will only require a tiny fraction of your computer’s processing power to analyze data on a range of research projects. Still others need your eagle eyes on wildlife cams or help in transcribing oral history.  Do as much or as little as you like.

Science is currently under attack in the US. Anti-science positions like climate change denial, creationism, anti-vaccination, and anti-stem cell research are commonplace among policy makers. These science deniers are in all levels of politics; starting local, like the board of education, and climbing all the way up Capitol Hill. We now have a President-elect who thinks climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese, and who is tapping anti-science figures left and right for cabinet positions. Trump’s pick for head of the Department of the Interior, Rep. Ryan Zinke, doesn’t take climate change seriously. Neither does former Gov. TX Rick Perry, his pick for Secretary of Energy. The proposed head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, is a climate change denier. In short, Trump’s administration has the potential to be the most anti-science and anti-environment cabinet in a long time...maybe ever. This should scare the pants off of all of us, if you’re prone to wearing pants.

In addition to this DGB you can also vote for pro-science candidates in the mid-term elections and support organizations that defend and value science, like the ones outlined in this article, in addition to the National Center for Science Education and Union of Concerned Scientists.

As the wise Bill Nye says “Science Rules!”