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Science for The People: Science & the Death Penalty

sftpThis week, Science for The People looks at the science of the ultimate criminal punishment. Pharmacologist and science writer David Kroll discusses the chemistry of the drugs used in lethal injections. They talk to law professor Samuel Gross, editor of the National Registry of Exonerations, about the rates of false convictions in death penalty cases. And they speak to Johns Hopkins University psychiatrist Dr. James Harris about the complex issues at the intersection of capital punishment and intellectual disability.

Let’s take back the comments section!

Screen Shot 2014-06-28 at 17.57.54Remember when we all left comments on blogs? I looked at some of my old blog posts from 2007-ish, and they’re full of discussions, friendly notes, silly pictures, and occasionally spin off into random banter. I have made friends via blog comments, and found interesting other blogs through the links left by commenters.

Now, all conversation about blog posts seems to happen externally – mostly on social media – and blog comment sections themselves are either empty or filled with spam. Very few of my posts get comments anymore (although I did get this really nice one from a museum in Chile!)

It’s easy to blame others for not leaving comments, but be honest, when did you leave a friendly blog comment yourself?

That’s why I’m planning to spend the month of July actively leaving comments on blogs again. I’ve started a pledge on PledgeBank where you can indicate if you want to join (pseudonyms allowed!) and several people are on board. There’s also a FAQ on my personal blog. Join me!

(And if you want to write blog posts rather than comments, I also recently revealed my secret for keeping track of writing ideas.)

Science for The People: Internet Things

#263 - Internet Things

#263 – Internet Things

This week, we’re looking at controversies over connectivity, both online and in the physical world. University of Ottawa law professor Michael Geist walks us through the arguments over net neutrality. And we’ll speak to researcher Rob van Kranenburg about his book The Internet of Things: A critique of ambient technology and the all-seeing network of RFID.

The Cutting Edge

If you are in the DC area tomorrow, the AAAS is hosting an interesting event that piggybacks off the Voyage of Discovery art installation by Jessica Beels, Ellyn Weiss, and our own Michele Banks called Cutting Edge: Art & Science of Climate Change:

Join AAAS for an evocative exchange as artists and scientists come together to interpret the effects of climate change on the poles…This live event features talks by two leading Arctic researchers, followed by a panel discussion on communicating climate change to the public.

“Cutting Edge: Art and Science of Climate Change” coincides with the art installation, “Voyage of Discovery,” currently in the lobby of AAAS headquarters. This remarkable exhibition, featuring works by Michele Banks, Jessica Beels, and Ellyn Weiss, explores a “hypothetical journey” to the poles where climate change has caused the ice to recede, reawakening life that has been frozen for millennia.

Cutting Edge will be held on Thursday, May 1 at 6:30PM at the AAAS Headquarters in Washington, DC.

In Memory of Helen

We received the tragic news that we lost Helen Chappell today. You can read about Helen in her own words here.

Helen was an invaluable member of the science communication community and the human community. I first met in person at ScienceOnline. Every experience I had with Helen was delightful and, she was always very positive about what we are doing here at The Finch & Pea.

Helen, Eric & Ursula

We are left to support her partner Eric and their infant daughter, Ursula. Friends have established a fund to help support her family and offset the costs of her medical care. If you have anything to spare, please consider helping to support her family in this time of need.

WiFi + Fire + Happy Red Jellybean by Helen Chappell