Reaching for the Memory Hole

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday evening its website would be “undergoing changes” to better represent the new direction the agency is taking, triggering the removal of several agency websites containing detailed climate data and scientific information.

Washington Post: EPA website removes climate science site from public view after two decades

Cocoa Cognition

Chocolate and cocoa flavanols have been associated with improvements in a range of health complaints dating from ancient times, and has established cardiovascular benefits. Less is known about the effects of chocolate on neurocognition and behaviour. The aim of this study was to investigate whether chocolate intake was associated with cognitive function, with adjustment for cardiovascular, lifestyle and dietary factors.

Chocolate intake is associated with better cognitive function: The Maine-Syracuse Longitudinal Study

No Such Thing as Cheese

So some doddering chemist emeritus doesn’t believe in climate change. So what, right? But Woodcock’s assertions are noteworthy for just how magnificently bogus they are. And the fact that he has been embraced by influential people in the conservative media-sphere shows both the intellectual bankruptcy of movement conservatism and the way it has poisoned the climate change debate.

— Ryan Cooper: This is a perfect example of why scientists don’t vote Republican

See — scientists disagree on climate change!

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On the one side, we have a mountain of scientific evidence, on the other, ideology and arm-waving. On that basis, we are endangering our grandchildren’s future and pushing humanity toward the destruction of civilization.

— James Lawrence Powell: Science and Global Warming

But think of how much it will cost not to ruin the climate of the planet that we completely depend on for survival.

COPE, with Idiocy

The climate and evolution standards are just two aspects of a set of guidelines containing hundreds of new ideas on how to teach science. But they have already drawn hostile commentary from conservative groups critical of mainstream scientific thinking.

For instance, as the standards were being drafted, a group called Citizens for Objective Public Education, which lists officers in Florida and Kansas, distributed a nine-page letter attacking them. It warned that the standards ignored evidence against evolution, promoted “secular humanism,” and threatened to “take away the right of parents to direct the religious education of their children.”

— NYT: New Guidelines Call for Broad Changes in Science Education