Science in the White House

As the Presidency of Barack Hussein Obama draws to a close, I thought I’d remind everyone that he has been a tireless promoter of science for the past eight years. Among other things, he launched the BRAIN Initiative, the Precision Medicine Initiative, and he helped broker a global climate agreement in Paris. He privatized the space industry. He even Read More …

Stars and Bars

I’ve always found it interesting that, for all their sharp differences, evolutionary biologists and young-earth creationists agree on one very important fact: every human alive on Earth today, all 7,255,000,000 of us, belongs to the same family tree. They may differ on the details, but both parties accept as fact that all people are cousins, Read More …

Tragedy in Charleston

I generally use this blog to write about science, history, or sports, but I am compelled to break my typical silence on current events and acknowledge the recent mass shooting in Charleston. Nothing I could write would do justice to the profundity of the tragedy, so I will instead solemnly direct readers toward several online Read More …

100 Years Ago Today

If you haven’t already heard, the Library of Congress hosts a great website called Chronicling America that allows visitors to search millions of newspaper articles published between 1836 and 1922. You don’t have to be an historian to realize how cool this is. For example, the website provides a handy little feature that allows users Read More …

The Hunt for Hogzilla

If you find yourself in the greater San Francisco area this weekend, you’re free to join me at the annual meeting of the American Society for Environmental History, where you’ll meet lots of congenial folks who love talking about nature. On Saturday afternoon, I’ll be giving a talk on the nation’s skyrocketing number of feral Read More …

A Nation of Immigrants

“Unless you are one of the first Americans, unless you are a Native American, you came from someplace else.  That’s why we’ve always defined ourselves as a nation of immigrants.”  ~ President Barack Obama, March 25, 2013 President Obama made the foregoing remarks during a naturalization ceremony at the White House last spring.  As per Read More …

State of the Union

Like many Americans, I just finished watching President Obama deliver his fifth State of the Union address.  If you’re looking for someone to help you make sense of the speech’s political ramifications, you’ve come to the wrong place.  There are many people who are far more qualified to dissect the President’s comments.  Nevertheless, I thought Read More …