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Carl Zimmer Carl Zimmer is the author of several popular science books and writes frequently for the New York Times, as well as for magazines including The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Science, Newsweek, Popular Science, and Discover, where he is a contributing editor. Carl's books include Soul Made Flesh,, Parasite Rex and Evolution: The Triumph of An Idea. His latest book is Smithsonian Intimate Guide to Human Origins. Please send newsworthy items or feedback to blog-at-carlzimmer.com.
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."A Pair of Wings Took Evolving Insects on a Nonstop Flight to Domination "

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."From the Mouths of Lizards Spew Clues to the Origin of Snake Venom "
The New York Times, November 22, 2005

."In Give and Take of Evolution, a Surprising Contribution From Islands"
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."Down For the Count "
The New York Times, November 8, 2005

."The Neurobiology of the Self "
Scientific American, November 2005

."Can Chimps Talk? "
Forbes.com, October 24, 2005

."DNA Studies Suggest Emperor Is Most Ancient of Penguins "
The New York Times, October 11, 2005

."The History of Chromosomes May Shape the Future of Diseases "
The New York Times, August 30, 2005

."Building a Virtual Microbe, Gene by Gene by Gene "
The New York Times, August 16, 2005


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A 2004 New York Times Notable Book of the Year

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"...among the joyous, heartless, ever-juvenile eternities, Pip saw the multitudinous, God-omnipresent, coral insects, that out of the firmament of waters, heaved the colossal orbs. He saw God's foot upon the treadle of the loom, and spoke it; and therefore his shipmates called him mad."
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December 13, 2004
Taking Crichton Down a PegEmail This EntryPrint This Entry
Posted by Carl Zimmer
The folks at Real Climate have hit the ground running. They carefully demonstrate how misleading Michael Crichton's new book State of Fear is on global warming. Let's hope they can keep this quality up.

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Joseph Poliakon on December 14, 2004 05:19 AM writes...

And the GHG keeps billowing. Thanks for the point to the Real Climate site.

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Dinesh on December 16, 2004 01:10 AM writes...

Thanks for the link to Real Climate. This is a wonderful blog. Thanks.

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Stan Oswald on December 18, 2004 06:30 PM writes...

At least some of us who are not in love with the present prevailing theory of global warming are not denying that it is occuring. The cause on the otherhand is still no where near proven. During the past 1000 years the earths climate has been warmer than now, and following that warm period it was much colder. The present chosen cause, CO2, Methane and other polution, was certainly not the cause of these swings. When the present climate theorists can explain, using there computer models, the reason for these past swings I'll be more likely to believe they know what they are talking about

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Jeff Guinn on December 22, 2004 11:13 AM writes...

Have they, or you, read this from Dr. Dewpoint at Intellicast.com?


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Marvin on December 24, 2004 09:52 PM writes...

I doubt that Crichton would come off nearly as badly as some commenters seem to believe, in a face to face discussion with the blogauthors of RealClimate blog. I was far from impressed by the level of discussion at the blog.
Climate scientists seem to have a bit more self esteem about their climate models than what they have earned. I understand that if you want a grant in climatology you must toe the line.

The climate is warming. The climate is cooling. Both statements are true. There are far too many holes in current climate predictions to warrant the amount of handwringing going on at the UN and the EU.

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Crichton, as he deserves from Pharyngula
RealClimate rips into that anti-science schlockmeister, Michael Crichton. Crichton has written a new book (fiction, of course) in which the villain uses global warming hype to aid terrorists, somehow, and the book apparently argues that global warm... [Read More]

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