Archive for September 8, 2010

Colorado Wildfires in Pictures

September 8, 2010 Leave a comment

On Monday (Sept. 6) a wildfire erupted in Colorado, near the city of Boulder.

3500 people have been evacuated from their home, and more evacuations are possible. 92 structures, including residential homes, have also been destroyed.

We hear about wildfires almost every year, and those of us who live far away from large forested areas don’t really get a sense of the magnitude of these fires.

To help, here are a couple of photos. The first two are from NASA’s AQUA satellite

Photo: NASA Click to Enlarge

Photo: NASA

The other photo hits a bit closer to home. Pretty amazing sight. Hopefully some wet weather will hit soon.

Photo: AP Photo (Click to Enlarge)

CNN Gets It Right With Article on Vaccines and Autism

September 8, 2010 Leave a comment

The state of science reporting and science journalism is pretty dismal. And in the past few years, there have been few better examples of this than the reporting on the Vaccine/Autism “debate”.

Vaccines DO NOT cause autism. This has been known in the scientific community for a long time, and I’ve blogged about it before. But every so often a story will come up in the news which gives equal representation to the scientists who know vaccines are safe, and the quacks and conspiracy theorists who believe they are evil.

But CNN actually impressed me yesterday. They reprinted an article which was originally posted on concerning the vaccine/autism debate.

The article gave a clear history of the issue, reviewed the scientific evidence and gave a sound conclusion: that vaccines are safe and do not cause autism.

My only problem with the article is the title: “The End of the Autism/Vaccine Debate?” I’m not a big fan of that question mark. If you are going to do an article which debunks the whole “vaccines cause autism” notion, you may as well make that clear in the title. You will still garner lots of attention, and your position will be made clear from the get-go.

But thats me being nit-picky. The article is good, and the fact that it got reprinted on CNN is a step in the right direction. With cases of whooping cough on the rise in the United States and the proliferation of misinformation by the anti-vaccine movement, we need more articles like this to get public attention.