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Counterculture Scientists Who Dared to Explore Areas Where Physics and Philosophy Converge

Book Review: How the Hippies Saved Physics

That “long strange trip” of the 1960’s was even stranger than you thought.  For many, it was a time of frivolity, protest against war, free love, and trying a galaxy of new drugs. But David Kaiser, in his entertaining and enlightening book…
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by: Mark J. Palmer – October 5, 2012

Cove Monitors Arrive in Taiji, Japan to Document Dolphin Hunting

Days are long for the team committed to protecting dolphins

Last weekend Ric O’Barry, star of the Oscar-winning documentary film The Cove, arrived in Taiji, Japan to help with monitoring the annual dolphin hunt that takes place there. All photos by Mark PalmerMasako Maxwell (in purple shirt) translates for our Japanese Dolphin…
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by: Mark J. Palmer – September 7, 2012

Captive Time Bombs

Death at SeaWorld: Shamu and the Dark Side of Killer Whales in Captivity
by David Kirby,
St. Martin’s Press, 2012, 469 pages

Author David Kirby has written a shocking exposé of the SeaWorld marine parks and the dangers that wild animal captivity poses to both SeaWorld trainers and the orcas that perform there. Death at SeaWorld was inspired by the tragic death of SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010, when a captive male orca, Tilikum, grabbed her and pulled her into the tank with him. She died from blunt force trauma. Orcas in tanks…
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by: Mark J. Palmer – Autumn 2012

Uncertainty About Our Climate’s Future is No Excuse for Inaction in Dealing with Global Warming

Book Review: Climate Matters: Ethics in a Warming World

In dealing with the dangers of global warming of our planet, what is the best way to consider our responses, both as individuals and as a society? Ethicist John Broome walks us through this process in his new book Climate Matters, a…
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by: Mark J. Palmer – August 31, 2012

Stop South Korea’s Whaling Scam

Nation Proposes to Continue Whaling via Trumped-up “Scientific Research” Program

At last week’s International Whaling Commission in Panama, the government of South Korea surprised member states with an announcement that they would shortly start killing whales under scientific permit, much like Japan does now. Photo by Blake MaybankMinke Whale off Tadoussac, Quebec.…
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by: Mark J. Palmer – July 13, 2012

‘Don’t Weaken the Dolphin Safe Label,’ Lawmakers Urge Obama

Misguided WTO Ruling Puts Dolphins at Risk, Misleads Consumers

Representative Ed Markey and 42 other Democrat lawmakers sent a letter to President Obama yesterday, urging him to threaten Mexico with cuts in economic assistance if it didn’t drop its case against the Dolphin Safe tuna at the World Trade Organization. Photo…
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by: Mark J. Palmer – June 1, 2012

Dolphin Killing Declining in Japan

Market for Dolphin and Whale Meat Collapsing Due To Increased Awareness About Mercury Contamination

The mass slaughter of dolphins in Taiji, Japan, as depicted in The Cove documentary, is declining.  Earth Island’s Cove Monitors – volunteers who observe and record the dolphin hunts during the entire 5-month season from September through the end of February –…
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by: Mark J. Palmer – April 26, 2012

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