On This Week’s Show

  • The Poetry of Science
  • Introducing new host Sophie McManus
  • Blue Streak Science News
  • Asshole of the Week

Science News with Kellie Vinal and Sophie McManus

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  • How to rewire the eye
  • Does urine relieve the pain of jellyfish stings?
  • Evidence indicates that dogs and wolves diverged 40,000 years ago
  • A gene for pain sensing discovered
  • A new species of chameleon discovered in Madagascar turns out to be 11 species!

Asshole of the Week

Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida and as-yet-to-announce Republican candidate for the Presidency of the United States

Jeb Bush: It’s ‘Arrogant’ To Say Science Is Decided On Climate Change.

Who is Jeb Bush? He may not be too well-known outside of North America, but he is the former governor of Florida and likely 2016 Republican presidential candidate. Oh, and he’s the brother of former U.S. President George W. Bush, the one that got us into two wars, destabilized the Middle East, and precipitated the Great Recession.

Remember? Yeh, his brother.

Jeb Bush is now acknowledging that the climate is changing, but claims that whether or not humans have caused this is still unclear. Bush made these comments at a house party in New Hampshire, and not long after President Obama urged the government to act toward mitigating the immediate risk of climate change.

Jeb Bush stated, “Look, first of all, the climate is changing. I don’t think the science is clear what percentage is man-made and what percentage is natural. It’s convoluted. And for the people to say the science is decided on, this is just really arrogant, to be honest with you.” He went on to say that this “intellectual arrogance” was preventing people from having a conversation on anthropogenic climate change.

Let’s step back and have a brief look at the science. According to NASA nearly all climate scientists agree that global warming over the last century is “very likely” caused by human activities. This statement by NASA cites 18 different scientific institutions. Nine out of the 10 warmest years on record have occurred since 2000, with 2014 being Earth’s warmest year on record.

Holly Shulman, a spokeswoman for the Democratic National Committee said, “Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that human activity has led to climate change. Ninety-seven percent. But Jeb Bush thinks they’re wrong. Who’s being intellectually arrogant now?

Hot enough for ya, Jeb Bush?

You have earned the honor of being the Blue Streak Science Asshole of the Week.

Recommended by The Team

The Bold Signal Podcast, hosted by John Borghi. Catch this terrific podcast on Soundcloud and iTunes.

John had a very special guest last week, our very own Kellie Vinal!

How cool is that?

Kellie talks about antibiotic resistance and gives us a view of the daily life of a scientist

Don’t miss it!

In Closing

That’s it for this edition of the Blue Streak Science Podcast

The Blue Streak Science Podcast comes to you from Sonoma County, California; Atlanta, Georgia; and beautiful Sydney, Australia!

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