Jason Samenow of the Washington Post reports that the National Weather Service has replaced its “temperature sensor” (i.e., thermometer) at Reagan National Airport. The previous sensor had been criticized as producing readings that were upwardly biased.
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President-elect Obama has announced that he will make the following nominations to important science-related offices:
Assistant to the President for Science and Technology
Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy
Administrator, Nationol Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Department of Commerce
The announcement on the Transition Office’s website contains the following text:
Because the truth is that promoting science isn’t just about providing resources—it’s about protecting free and open inquiry. It’s about ensuring that facts and evidence are never twisted or obscured by politics or ideology. It’s about listening to what our scientists have to say, even when it’s inconvenient—especially when it’s inconvenient. Because the highest purpose of science is the search for knowledge, truth and a greater understanding of the world around us. That will be my goal as President of the United States—and I could not have a better team to guide me in this work.
Neutral Source recently posted a pair of blogs about how inflation forecasting was like risk assessment, and how it isn’t. David Wessel started the discussion in his Capital column in the March 16 edition of the Wall Street Journal. On March 21 he posted a selection of interesting reader responses. (A subscription to wsj.com is required to view them.)