vol 14 no 1: GLOBAL WARMING
the new issue of Skeptic magazine on newsstands now
in this issue…
- Global Warming Skepticism & the Problem with Predictions
- • Hydrogen Fuel Cell Skepticism
- • How We Know Global Warming is Real
- • How to Save the Planet
- • Last Chance to Win Randi’s Million
- • Houdini Conducts a Séance
- • King Kong & Loch Ness — a Surprise Connection
- • Anthropologists Not Skeptical Enough
- • What’s Wrong with Broadcast Journalism?
- What’s So Great About Dinesh D’Souza
- • The Best Damn Evolution Book Period!
- • Paul Davies’ Cosmic Jackpot
- • Science Wars II: Norman Levitt v. Steve Fuller
Free Junior Skeptic Icons
for Mac OS X and Windows XP
Tired of the same old folder icons on your computer? Why not organize files the way we do at the Junior Skeptic studio: custom Junior Skeptic icons!
Developed by Junior Skeptic Editor Daniel Loxton for his personal file management, a set of seventeen of these exclusive icons is now available for you to use at home — just for fun, and completely free.
If you’re a Mac OS X user, download the set as a Zip archive. It should uncompress as a Mac folder containing the icons (formatted as ready-made Mac folders), plus instructions for applying the icons to your own folders.
If you’re a Windows XP user, download the set as a Zip archive. It should uncompress as seventeen .ICO files, plus a jpeg showing what the icons look like, plus a text file explaining how to install them in your own folders. (The .ICO files will probably not directly open as image files, but can be applied to new folders using the “Properties” dialogue box. Instructions are included in a text file.)
Eugenie Scott talks Expelled
The contentious pro-Intelligent Design film Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed is now in its second week of wide release, and the controversy is far from over. This week on Skepticality, Swoopy talks with Dr. Eugenie Scott about her participation in Expelled, her thoughts on seeing the film — and the “Expelled: Exposed” website, created by the National Center for Science Education (where Dr. Scott serves as the Executive Director).
Beyond the Expelled frenzy, Dr. Scott talks about her work with the NCSE, the future of science education, and what the average person can do to improve the public perception and understanding of science.
our next lecture …
Living with Robots & Cyborgs
with Dr. Gregory Benford & Dr. Elisabeth Malartre
Sunday, May 25, 2008 at 2:00 pm
Baxter Lecture Hall, Caltech
Concepts once purely fiction — robots, cyborg parts, artificial intelligence — are becoming part of everyday reality. Soon robots will be everywhere, performing surgery, exploring hazardous places, making rescues, fighting fires, and handling heavy goods. After a decade or two, they will be as unremarkable as computer screens are now in our offices, airports, and restaurants. Cyborgs will be less obvious. These additions to the human body — rebuilt joints, elbows, and hearts — are mostly inferior now. Soon we will cross the line between repair and augmentation, probably first in sports medicine and cosmetic alterations, then for anyone who wants to make a body perform better and last longer than it ordinarily could. Controversy will arise, but it will not stop our desire to live longer and be stronger than we are. Benford and Malartre are not afraid to speculate or to focus closely on surprising things already possible and being done…
Important ticket information
Tickets are first come first served at the door. Sorry, no advance ticket sales. Seating is limited. $8 Skeptics Society members & Caltech/JPL Community; $10 General Public.