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Have you read Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy Bundle: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest ? Nora Ephron has done a very humorous takeoff on it.

There was a tap at the door at five in the morning. She woke up. Shit. Now what? She’d fallen asleep with her Palm Tungsten T3 in her hand. It would take only a moment to smash it against the wall and shove the battery up the nose of whoever was out there annoying her. She went to the door.

“I know you’re home,” he said. Kalle fucking Blomkvist. She tried to remember whether she was speaking to him or not. Probably not. She tried to remember why. No one knew why. It was undoubtedly because she’d been in a bad mood at some point. Lisbeth Salander was entitled to her bad moods on account of her miserable childhood and her tiny breasts, but it was starting to become confusing just how much irritability could be blamed on your slight figure and an abusive father you had once deliberately set on fire and then years later split open the head of with an axe.

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Bees, Cell phones, and BS

I remember literally groaning when I heard Bill Maher talk about the bees for the first time.

Have we figured it out yet?

What gets me about how stupid this study is, is that I would guess that if our cell phone system was effecting bees, it would be the signal from the towers that would be the source of the effect and not the much weaker signal from the phones. Unless we were all thinking that all that needs to happen to solve this problem is to have beekeepers leave the phone in the car.

The study is clearly designed by idiots to prove their preconcieved notions.

Ah, Pepsigate. You will be missed.

Damn did the angry bloggers have a swift victory. We'll have to remember this one next time any of the conspiracy theorists (and anti-GMO) pull the corporate shill card.

I don't know, that response still seems pretty shitty. I mean, science blogs was about to start publishing corporate written material, in exchange for sponsorship. That is pretty much an abandonment of the guiding principle their bloggers seem to think should guide the site

How do we empower top scientists working in industry to lead science-minded positive change within their organizations?

I don't know quite what that means. Corps are profit driven entities, they can be a source of innovation that causes some social change, but they don't drive social change for the sake of social change. Internal scientists need help making arguements that innovation should focus on reasearch tha can make positive impacts, but that's an arguement of profitability.

An arguement that needs accountants as much as scientists.

How do companies who seek genuine dialogue with this community engage?

Using the word "genuine" in this scentence made me LOL. They want profitable dialog. Pepsi thought they had that all figured out.

Bring back better living through Chemistry!

Corps are profit driven entities, they can be a source of innovation that causes some social change, but they don't drive social change for the sake of social change.

i wouldn't say that social change for the sake of social change is necessarily desirable, if that's what you're getting at there. but otherwise i totally agree with your comment above- especially that last bit. :)

i wouldn't say that social change for the sake of social change is necessarily desirable

Perhaps "Social Change for the sake of creating better quality of life for humanity present and future" is a better description.

Compainies create innovations that improve quality of life, only because they are profitable. THings like, reducing profit in order to increase wages, which might be the singularly most impactful thing they could do for humanity, is something they will fight until the bitter end, no matter how many science bloggers they chat with.

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