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Some Other Conversations With A Fact-Checker

The publication of The Lifespan of a Fact, which is based on seven years of email exchanges between writer John D’Agata and fact-checker Jim Fingal, has prompted a lot of thoughtful discussion (an excerpt from the book ran in this month’s Harper’s).

Strauss-Kahn suspect in sex ring

21 February 2012 Last updated at 04:33 ET Former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn is being questioned by French police as a suspect in a prostitution ring inquiry, a prosecutor says. Mr Strauss-Kahn, once a front-runner for the French presidency, is being held in custody at a police station in Lille, northern France.

Jeremy Lin: Beyond the Numbers | Psychology Today

“It’s just us, being us, playing for us.” – Jeremy Lin, Knicks point guard I’ve got a confession to make: I’ve caught the Linsanity along with everyone else. It’s only been two weeks, but in that time, former Harvard point guard Jeremy Lin has transformed a failed Knicks season into the most compelling storyline in professional basketball.

Synthetic meat grown in Dutch lab

19 February 2012 Last updated at 15:29 ET By Pallab Ghosh Science correspondent, BBC News, Vancouver The first strips of muscle have been grown in a project to develop a new way to produce meat Dutch scientists have used stem cells to create strips of muscle tissue with the aim of producing the first lab-grown hamburger later this year.

Election 2012 Polling and News, Republican Presidential Candidates, Obama, Interactive Polling Data

The Republican presidential race is now a 32% to 30% statistical tie between Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, in Gallup interviewing conducted wholly after Santorum’s victories in the Feb. 7 nominating contests. Gallup editors review the key indicators that are likely to determine the outcome of the U.S.

News from The Associated Press

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian tanks and troops massed Monday outside the resistance stronghold of Homs for a possible ground assault that one activist warned could unleash a new round of fierce and bloody urban combat even as the Red Cross tried to broker a cease-fire to allow emergency aid in.

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Sean Stone, son of controversial director Oliver Stone, converted to Islam in Iran last week… Some of Lincoln Center’s best looks were seen after the shows, on celebs, fashion editors, and… A missing potato peeler set off a major security scare at a prison where do-or-die chef Gordon…

Thaw brings ice chaos to Belgrade

20 February 2012 Last updated at 08:14 ET A rapid thaw has brought chaos to the River Danube in Belgrade as large blocks of ice damaged boats, pontoons and floating restaurants. The thick ice covering one of Europe’s busiest waterways during the recent freeze began breaking up and moving on Sunday as temperatures rose.

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Why it matters that our politicians are rich – The Boston Globe

Article Photos Comments Subscribe As the presidential primary race has unfolded over the last few months, curious Americans have angled for a look at the candidates’ wallets-and observed that they are bulging. There’s Newt Gingrich, with his $7 million fortune and an up to $1 million revolving line of credit at Tiffany.

News from The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — A representative for Stephen Colbert says “The Colbert Report” will return Monday after a sudden break due to the ailing health of the star’s mother. The Comedy Central show last week substituted repeats for scheduled shows on Wednesday and Thursday.

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RDFRS US: The mission of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science is to support scientific education, critical thinking and evidence-based understanding of the natural world in the quest to overcome religious fundamentalism, superstition, intolerance and suffering. The Magic of Realityfor the iPad Sean Faircloth:Attack of the Theocrats! J.

Bobby Brown Plays Mohegan Sun Hours After Whitney Houston Funeral

(Courtesy of Mohegan Sun) Just hours after the funeral of his ex-wife Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown was on the Mohegan Sun Arena stage, resplendent in white jacket, black vest, black pants and a black hat, performing with New Edition for a cheering crowd. Brown thanked the crowd for keeping his spirits up.

News from The Associated Press

EAST MACHIAS, Maine (AP) — Ron Paul has gained 83 votes on Mitt Romney following a Republican presidential caucus in eastern Maine, where voting last week had been postponed due to bad weather. Romney still holds a 156-vote lead over Paul in statewide totals.

NOAA Video Town Hall Series on the Climate Change Challenge | Age of Engagement | Big Think

NOAA Video Town Hall Series on the Climate Change Challenge Matthew C. Nisbet on February 18, 2012, 9:56 AM This week, NOAA’s Climate Service and Climate Watch magazine launched a video short course and lecture series featuring a diversity of world class experts explaining the major scientific, social, and ethical challenges related to climate change.

Session: Responding to and Recovering from Catastrophic Events: The Road to Resilience (2012 AAAS Annual Meeting (16-20 February 2012))

Saturday, February 18, 2012: 10:00 AM-11:30 AM Catastrophic events associated with earthquakes, floods, and tsunamis have dominated the news and harnessed resources from all levels of governments, private sector, and nongovernmental agencies to respond and rapidly recover.

Session: Exploding Myths on Reactor Security, Harm Reduction, and Genetically Modified Organisms (2012 AAAS Annual Meeting (16-20 February 2012))

Saturday, February 18, 2012: 8:00 AM-9:30 AM This session explores myths about the seldom-seen science behind some of today’s most controversial public policy issues. Case studies will spotlight that crucial interface between science, policy, and society vis-à-vis nuclear energy, crop innovations (gentically modified organisms [GMOs]), and harm reduction (tobacco).

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Don Kirshner , Brill Building-era music publisher, TV host Roger Nichols , sound engineer for Steely Dan Gil Scott-Heron Clarence Clemons Amy Winehouse Nick Ashford Frank Dileo , Michael Jackson’s manager Jimmy Norman , songwriter who fought for credit on “Time Is on My Side”

Change.org – Start, Join, and Win Campaigns for Change

Molly Katchpole petitions Bank of America to drop unexpected $5 fee 300,000 customers join, generating national media attention Bank of America and all other major banks remove proposed fee Saudi women petition Hillary Clinton to support women’s right to drive 22,000 people join after Clinton declines give her support Clinton reverses stance, supports the Saudi women’s movement Ecuadoran women petition to close “clinics” that torture lesbian patients 113,000 people join, leading to protests in Quito Government agrees to investigate and close all remaining clinics A 4th grade class petitions Universal to stay true to Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax” 56,000 people join to demand the movie embrace an environmental message Universal Pictures brings the class’ green suggestions on its website Giants fan Sean Chapin petitions team to create a video against gay bullying 6,000 fans join, including four candidates for Mayor of San Francisco Giants become first sports team to create an “It Gets Better” video

Session: Bad Presenter Bingo: The Science Communication Game You Don’t Want To Win (2012 AAAS Annual Meeting (16-20 February 2012))

Friday, February 17, 2012: 3:45 PM-4:45 PM The past five years have seen an explosion of opportunities for scientists to explain their work to public audiences and they are increasingly encouraged to do so. “Lay” audiences (i.e., donors, grant reviewers, policy-makers, media, and the science-curious public) are of tremendous importance to scientists’ work.