Fake Academe: Fined $ 50.1 Million

News Brief by Kip Hansen News Flash: “U.S. judge rules deceptive publisher should pay $50 million in damages”. Appearing yesterday in Science magazine online is the news that “A U.S. federal judge has ordered the OMICS International publishing group to pay $50.1 million in damages for deceiving thousands of authors who published in its journals…

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Model-land, Butterflies and Hawkmoths

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen   Welcome to Model-Land, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls!  “Model-land is a hypothetical world in which our simulations are perfect, an attractive fairy-tale state of mind in which optimizing a simulation invariably reflects desirable pathways in the real world.”  Here in Model-Land you’ll see fabulous “computational simulations and associated…

Doing a Good Thing

Guest Opinion by Kip Hansen   There are a lot of good things that you can do in your life.  In fact, doing good things is one of the greatest privileges of being a human being and the opportunities to do good are myriad and diverse.  Many philosophers and religionists claim that one can judge…

100 Years Later: The Flu

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen One hundred years have passed since the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 swept around the world, circumnavigating at least twice between 1918 and 1920, killing outright between 50 and 100 million human beings. The pandemic was so shattering, so pervasive that more accurate numbers of the dead cannot be calculated.…

The Marvelous and Mysterious Monarch

Guest essay by Kip Hansen   The marvelous Monarch Butterfly is an icon of biological mystery.  When I was born, circa 1950, monarchs were known to fly north into southern Texas every spring by the millions.  In the Fall, tourists would go to Cape May, New Jersey, timing their visits to watch the beauty and…

Exaggerated Risk and Urgency Redux

Guest Opinion by Kip Hansen   As if the latest IPCC 1.5 °-limit report wasn’t alarmist enough,  a mob of 23 authors, including a couple of the usual suspects, double down on it with  a Review Article in Nature Climate Change titled “Broad threat to humanity from cumulative climate hazards intensified by greenhouse gas emissions.”…