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And yet it warms

12 Aug
Galileo Galilei / 1564 - 1642

Galileo Galilei / 1564 – 1642 (Photo credit: *The Boy From Cerrado)

And yet it moves.
(Galileo Galilei, June 22nd 1633)
Paraphrasing the famous quote attributed to Galileo in the 17th century, another physicist, Richard A Muller could confess ” and yet it warms”, thinking of the same object: our mother earth.
During the recent years scientists have harshly debated to know if the global warming was a reality or a myth (by the lifetime of Galileo it should have been called an heresy). Data mining and crunching the figures, the Professor of the University of California, Berkeley, a former tenant of the non warming camp, changed his mind when he analyzed the shapes of the various curbs he obtained from a chronological series of temperatures making a jump back in time of 250 years.
He disseminated those results in free access scientific journals and on line at BerkeleyEarth.org, one thing Galileo could not do In his Time, unfortunately for him and his crazy idea that the hearth was moving (as crazy as saying that it is warming).
You can also read the press release for the lay public written by Prof. Richard A Muller in the July 30th edition of the IHT in France.

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You must always cite your sources

11 Aug

This ethical conduct applies even for non scientific authors like the columnists of the most famous news papers. This time an example of plagiarism comes from this part of the writing world (not always the scientists are to be stigmatized  for this bad habit) . Here is the case reported to us by the Southern California Public Radio KPCC 89.3:

Fareed Zakaria suspended from CNN, Time for plagiarism

The reaction of CNN who, as soon as the plagiarism has been unveiled in the columns of Time’s August 20th issue, checked the incriminated author’s blog, fired the non attributed excerpt and suspended the perpetrator, deserves to be noted. The reaction of these two great institutions of the press is sound and it insists on the importance of honesty even for the most famous bloggers.

By the way, I love Fareed Zakaria writings because of their eclecticism and their liberal approach of the world’s events and in the future I will continue to read his editorials which always enlightened me.

Fareed Zakaria, Editor, Newsweek International...

Fareed Zakaria, Editor, Newsweek International was a featured speaker at Charles Schwab Institutional Impact 2007 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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