Items of interest found recently in my RSS feed.What did I miss? Please share what you’ve been reading (and writing!) in the comments.
- Are ethical principles optional?
- In Science We Trust: Poll Results on How You Feel about Science
- New Aurora Webcam Captures Spectacular Videos, Images
- Antique Pressed Orchids Used as Climate Change Data
- Women and malaria research in the 21st century
- Are Pets the New Phone Chargers?
- Wednesday Round Up #121
- Science blog networks now officially kudzu-esque
– “The very fact that our views (individually and collectively) or what is or is not ethical change over time is important to notice. The folks who believe there are “moral facts” in the world for us to discover might account for this in terms of improvements in our ability to perceive such moral facts (or maybe an improvement in our willingness to look for them). Myself, I’m not sure you need to be committed to the existence of objective moral facts to grant that the project of sharing a world with others may change in important and interesting ways as our societies do. And, I don’t think we can rule out the possibility that in some respects, earlier generations may have been jerks, and that we can do better ethically, or at least try to.”
– “attitudes differed widely depending on particular issues–climate, evolution, technology–and on whether respondents live in the U.S., Europe or Asia.”
– “The camera goes live between dusk and dawn, which is currently about 12 a.m. to 8 a.m. EST (or 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. GMT). The webcam will be live until May 2012.”
– “Plants picked by Victorian collectors up to 150 years ago are a valuable new source of data for ecologists seeking to understand how climate change will affect the timing of flowering plants.”
– “These changes in the global attention to malaria were reflected in the last MIM conference, in the number of registrations, which had increased; in the higher quality of the communications; in the inclusion of relevant topics such as malaria eradication; and in the renewed interest on the impact of malaria in pregnancy.
However, participation of women in malaria research has not increased in line with the increased focus on this disease.”
– “According to the design site Tuvie, Chinese student Yuan Gu has designed a humidifier that can draw its power from a cat.”
– Ginormous roundup of recent science writing
– Wondering what the fallout’s been from the Seed/SB kerfuffle a while back? Carl Zimmer rounds it up.