Apr 30, 2009 | 43
Eminent physicist Freeman Dyson raised eyebrows a month ago when he told the New York Times Magazine that a little extra carbon dioxide—and global warming—might turn out to be good for the planet. So when we saw his name on an event around the corner from Scientific American's offices we figured we'd go hear his criticisms, dubbed "Climate Disasters, Safe Nukes and Other Myths," firsthand.
At the luncheon put on by the Cato Institute, when the talk turned to climate change Dyson started out sounding as if the whole thing was overblown, noting that the prospect of global warming is a problem that should be taken seriously. But he also said that no one should be alarmed about it yet.
Nov 6, 2008 | 15
Sci-fi novelist Michael Crichton, who made dinosaurs, DNA and emergency-room dramas populist Hollywood fodder, has died. He was 66.
Crichton died today of cancer, according to news reports.
Trained in anthropology and medicine, Crichton became the best-selling author of The Andromeda Strain, a 1969 novel chronicling scientists' attempt to beat a killer, extraterrestrial virus. Crichton's 1990 thriller Jurassic Park brought cloning of dino-DNA to the masses; a dinosaur, Crichton's ankylosaur, is named for him, according to the Associated Press.
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