Tag Archives: scientific information

Fracking – ProPublica

Watch this terrific video. ¬†Fracking is going on in my neighborhood, and I don’t like it!


via Fracking – ProPublica.

Mind – Research Upends Traditional Thinking on Study Habits


Take a look at the article on how people learn. Psychologists have found that studying the same material in two different locations (e.g., inside, outside) increases retention of information compared with studying material twice in the same location.

Now, think about how people consume news. If they use more media to access the same information (e.g., about an election), do they know more than if they rely on one medium, even if the hallowed New York Times? If so, is it a matter of different, additional information being available in different media, OR is it merely because essentially the same information is “studied” twice in different media “locations”?

Food for research thought.

Society and Science: When Research Findings Impinge on Politics: Scientific American


this editorial from Scientific American reflects my views about the nexus of science and politics. shouldn’t political decisions be made with the best information available?