Smithsonian Alters Climate Exhibition

Smithsonian Alters Climate Exhibition
Published: May 22, 2007
The Smithsonian Institution toned down an exhibition on Arctic climate change, fearing that it would anger Congress and the Bush administration, a former museum administrator said. The official text of the exhibition was rewritten to minimize and add uncertainty about the relationship between global warming and people, said the former official, Robert Sullivan, who was associate director in charge of exhibitions at the National Museum of Natural History. Officials omitted scientists’ interpretations of some research and let visitors draw their own conclusions from the data, Mr. Sullivan said. In addition, graphs were altered “to show that global warming could go either way,” he said. Museum officials denied that political concerns had influenced the exhibition, saying the changes were made to increase objectivity.

Fire Guts Cutty Sark

Fire Guts Cutty Sark
Oh, no!
Fire today ravaged the Cutty Sark, turning the 19th century tea clipper and one of Britain’s most important maritime treasures into a blackened wreck.
Firefighters were called at 4.45am to the ship’s dry dock in Greenwich, south London, where police set up a 200-metre cordon.
Ian Allchin, an officer with London Fire Brigade, told BBC Breakfast: “We attended to a quite well-developed fire that was throughout the ship. Initially, we were in our defensive mode because we had reports that there were cylinders and some chemicals on board. We were able to confirm within about 45 minutes that there were no hazards on board.”

I remember seeing it when my brother and I, on our trip in London, went to Greenwich to see the Royal Observatory. We only passed by it, and I didn’t get a good picture of it, but it saddens me to hear of it being gutted like this.

Books Read 2007 to date 5/20/07

25. Sweet Silver Blues (Glen Cook)
24. After the Dinosaurs: The Age of Mammals (Donald Prothero)
23.Brave New Words: The Oxford Dictionary of SF (Jeff Prucher)
22. In the Hall of the Martian King (John Barnes)
21. Ships of Air (Martha Wells)
20. Queen of Zamba ( L Sprague De Camp)
19.Sky of Swords A Novel of the King’s Blades (Dave Duncan)
18.Parallel Worlds (Michio Kaku)
17.Quantum Gravity: Keeping it Real (Justina Robson)
16.Orphans of Chaos (John C Wright)
15. Blindsight (Peter Watts)
14. Paragaea (Chris Roberson)
13. House of Chains (Steven Erikson)
12.Maskerade (Terry Pratchett)
11.The Ghost Brigades (John Scalzi)
10.The Jack Vance Treasury (Jack Vance)
9.Quantumscapes (Stephan Martiniere)
8.Quantum Dreams (Stephan Martiniere)
7.Viriconium (M John Harrison_
6.Old Man’s War (John Scalzi)
5.The Scent of Shadows ( Vicki Pettersson)
4.The Greatest Time Travel Stories of the 20th Century (Martin Greenberg)
3.From Homer to Hadrian (Robin Lane Fox)
2.Carnival (Elizabeth Bear)
1. Souls in the Great Machine (Sean McMullen)