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Nobel Prize winner Watson retires

He’s old and older folks tend to say what’s on their mind. James Watson part of the famous team of Watson and Crick who described the DNA Helix has retired as Chancellor of a Long Island Lab after his racial remarks.


From NYT:

James D. Watson, the eminent biologist who ignited an uproar last week with remarks about the intelligence of people of African descent, retired today as chancellor of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory on Long Island and from its board.

In a statement, he noted that, at 79, he is “overdue” to surrender leadership positions at the lab, which he joined as director in 1968 and served as president until 2003. But he said the circumstances of his resignation “are not those which I could ever have anticipated or desired.”

Dr. Watson, who shared the 1962 Nobel Prize for describing the double-helix structure of DNA, and later headed the American government’s part in the international Human Genome Project, was quoted in The Times of London last week as suggesting that, overall, people of African descent are not as intelligent as people of European descent. In the ensuing uproar, he issued a statement apologizing “unreservedly” for the comments, adding “there is no scientific basis for such a belief.” (more…)

By |2007-10-25T17:34:56-04:00October 25th, 2007|Race, Science|Comments Off on Nobel Prize winner Watson retires

TDS – Gore's Nobel

The Right Wing has been particularly agitated the last week or so.  They have been very busy slamming a 12 year old boy and his family and a 2 year old girl and her family.  Then Al Gore wins the Nobel Peace Prize.  Just the mention of the name, Al Gore, bring the Right to their feet in protest.  Jon Stewart points out who’s unhinged.

By |2007-10-17T18:55:40-04:00October 17th, 2007|Party Politics, The Daily Show|Comments Off on TDS – Gore's Nobel

Al Gore awarded Nobel

Wow, I didn’t see this one coming. Outstanding. I’m guessing the argument will only get louder from the Right on “junk science.”


From WaPo:

Former vice president Al Gore and a United National panel that monitors climate change were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize today for their work educating the world about global warming and advocating for political action to control it.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee characterized Gore as “the single individual who has done most” to convince world governments and leaders that climate change is real, is caused by human activity, and poses a grave threat. Gore has focused on the issue through books, promotional events and his Academy Award-winning documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.”

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a joint project between the United Nations Environment Program and the World Meteorological Organization, has been monitoring evidence of climate change and possible solutions since 1988. (more…)

By |2007-10-12T08:57:18-04:00October 12th, 2007|Environment|Comments Off on Al Gore awarded Nobel
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