Also in today's links: aging turtles, pinpointing pollen, and more.
- Go ahead, love your movie stars and politicians. But don't turn to them for scientific guidance, says the group Sense About Science. The Celebrities and Science Review 2008 has compiled the unsubstantiated claims that famous folks let loose on the public this year.
- Speaking of frauds, could a grandfatherly tortoise perpetrate one? We don't think Jonathan the giant Seychelles tortoise meant to pull one over on anyone, but it turns out he might not be who people was thought to be.
- A team of inspectors is using geo-mapping to track and control New York City's "diabolically clever" rat population -- and it seems to be working.
- There's hope for a daily pollen report that breaks down how much of certain kind of pollen is in the air -- since different kinds of pollen grains bring on allergy symptoms more than others.
- I think a lot of science writers are still on holiday, which is how we end up with news stories like this polar bear playing ring-around-the-rosie with a fellow the bear (allegedly) wants to eat.
Celebutards and junk science, hmmmm......
......Although it's already been thoroughly debunked by objective, rational scientists, the biggest and most damaging celebrity/junk scientist hoax has to be Al Gore and anthropogenic global warming.
the planet is warming, it came out of an ice age. the planet has been through that before. but i dont know if we are making it faster/worse or if we are just throwing a monkey wrench into the works. who knows how the various things humans do will effect the entire world over time. we will find out one way or another.
but you cant call it a hoax, that is ignorant. that is saying gore purposefully lied, which i dont beleive.