The flag of the European Union. Note that this flag was flown incorrectly as the stars were upside down. Photo by MPD01605, Wikipedia Commons.
The flag of the European Union. Photo by MPD01605, Wikipedia Commons.


MEPs Chart Course From Lima To Paris For Climate Change Talks

Talks to be held in Lima next month should enable global partners to reach an ambitious climate agreement in Paris in 2015, so as to keep the world on track for a sub-2°C climate warming scenario, the European Parliament said in a resolution voted on Wednesday. MEPs reiterated the pledge by the EU and its […]

A cloud of cold, charged gas around Earth, called the plasmasphere and seen here in purple, interacts with the particles in Earth's radiation belts — shown in grey— to create an impenetrable barrier that blocks the fastest electrons from moving in closer to our planet. Image Credit: NASA/Goddard
A cloud of cold, charged gas around Earth, called the plasmasphere and seen here in purple, interacts with the particles in Earth's radiation belts — shown in grey— to create an impenetrable barrier that blocks the fastest electrons from moving in closer to our planet. Image Credit: NASA/Goddard


NASA Probe Finds Impenetrable Barrier In Space Surrounding Earth

Two donuts of seething radiation that surround Earth, called the Van Allen radiation belts, have been found to contain a nearly impenetrable barrier that prevents the fastest, most energetic electrons from reaching Earth, reports NASA. According to NASA, the Van Allen belts are a collection of charged particles, gathered in place by Earth’s magnetic field […]

Ebola virus
Ebola virus. Photo by CDC/Cynthia Goldsmith


New Experimental Ebola Vaccine Appears Safe

An experimental vaccine to prevent Ebola virus disease was well-tolerated and produced immune system responses in all 20 healthy adults who received it in a Phase 1 clinical trial conducted by researchers from the National Institutes of Health. The candidate vaccine, which was co-developed by the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) […]

Ralph Nader
Ralph Nader


Ralph Nader: Thanksgiving For Social Scientists: Wish It Were – OpEd

I wish there could be a Thanksgiving for the applied bounty that could come from the hundreds of thousands of political scientists, economists, sociologists, psychologists, and anthropologists. I am referring especially to those social scientists who are full-time, tenured professors at universities, colleges and community colleges who are not indentured to commercial moonlighting. Those of […]