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February 20, 2009

Al Gore, stem cells, and the perfect kiss

Posted: 12:32 PM ET

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caption="Former Vice President Al Gore addresses the American Association for the Advancement of Science."]
From former Vice President Al Gore's speech to a slew of fascinating presentations, the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Chicago, Illinois, was a whirlwind tour of innovative ideas. Here are some highlights of what we did:

-Saw Gore's presentation: Given that pop-culture conferences have concerts as their evening highlights, it makes sense that the AAAS would have America's climate-change rock star - who recently won a Grammy, no less - to get people on their feet. More than a thousand scientists, journalist, educators and students greeted Gore with a standing ovation as he took the stage.

In his speech, Gore identified a common thread between global warming, our national security and the world financial meltdown - our "absurd" dependence on carbon-based fuels. When you pull on the thread, he said, "then all three of these crises can begin to unravel.” The solution: shifting to an infrastructure based on fuels that are free, such as solar and wind power, and bolstering the science of clean and sustainable energy.

Gore seemed optimistic about Obama’s appointments to the Cabinet and the direction our country is taking to address the issue of climate change, which he called "a historic struggle." He emphasized the importance of us all working together as a species in order to prevent further threats to the entirety of human civilization.

Through a series of slides, which included the most recent scientific findings on climate change, Gore communicated his "inconvenient truth" to the audience while urging scientists to get more involved in their communities. He also called on scientists to get involved in politics, to speak out as “civic scientists” and to “find ways to communicate the truth." He concluded by saying, “Keep your day job, but start getting involved in this historic debate. We need you."

P.S. Gore uses an iPhone, too - he had to turn it off during the speech.

-Learned about stem cells: Bone marrow is one important source of adult stem cells, researchers say. And did you know that humans make 10 billion red blood cells every hour of every day? Dr. Will Li of the Angiogenesis Foundation talked about the potential of endothelial progenitor cells in the marrow for treatments of conditions such as diabetes.

-Got in touch with our emotions: People commonly feel better by writing their feelings down, and now scientists are beginning to understand why. Brain-imaging studies indicate that putting your feelings into words has the effect of regulating emotions, said Matthew Lieberman of the University of California, Los Angeles.

-Became kissing experts: Researchers presented their findings on the hormones involved in kissing, and the role of kissing in beginning (or ending) relationships. Full story

More from the conference: learn about a face transplant patient, think about foods of the future, and ponder Darwin's connection to Buddhism.

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Franko   February 20th, 2009 12:51 pm ET

Kiss of Death - Gore the Reality

rusty2000   February 20th, 2009 1:12 pm ET

He sounded downright evangelical! The peer pressure from the 'scientists' not to question the great Gore-Al was thick with CO2 clouds and thoughts ofclimate change research greenbacks.

Reality   February 20th, 2009 1:30 pm ET

Gore wants scientists to get out and share the "truth." My question to him is can they share the truth when what you are passing on is lies? Global Warming?? Get real! Have you ever been to the northern parts of the U.S. in winter? Every spring we are blessed with "global warming" and we welcome it.......after the months and months of FREEZING that we are subjecte to. Time to wake up America and realize the truth.....Gore and his comrads are socialists/communists who desire nothing more than to spread lies and steal freedom...

SomeonesMother   February 20th, 2009 1:32 pm ET

Yes, scientists, please get involved in the debate. We need your expertise to keep the debate accurate.
Monitor your community's editorial page for inaccuracies and refute them. May I suggest that you start with George Will's February 15th column.

S Callahan   February 20th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

lol I'm in the Northern parts and I can testify it's been a 'cold and snowy' winter...just like the old days.....

Dr. Will should do a post and explain what he is doing to help those with paralysis or traumatic brain injuries....I'm waiting to see my sister think clearly and walk again.

I don't subscribe to Gore politics....but I am an advocate for alternative energy sources....too me though it will be a reality when you see all the middle class and low income with solar panels on their roofs....until then it's just 'running the mouth' to appease 'change'.

Franko said it right! again, making me smile

Franko   February 21st, 2009 2:55 am ET

Bad drives out the Good
The assertion that CO2 is bad, is simply not true
The furure, Gored endlessly, is a crime against Humanity

Billions spent on Crimate Fraud, fronted by NASA Hansen and Nobel Gore
Delaying the future, blocking public understanding, is what we got

Future of climate science - See:

DJ   February 21st, 2009 1:52 pm ET

Testimony and anecdotal evidence based on memory is a biased and unscientific method to measure anything. A similar example would be eyewitness testimony, which has been shown to be inaccurate, subjective and/or malleable based on beliefs and stressors.
At the moment the theory of global climate change is supported by the evidence (this is where I would cite my source, but there are so many it should be common knowledge by now). Fringe studies and interpretations of the evidence exist to refute the theory, but so far have not captured the consensus of science.

Good science is being done on the subject, the majority of scientists in the applicable sciences have weighed in in favor of the current theory, as it's projections have proven fairly accurate. If in fact they are mistaken make no mistake that it will be discovered. Too many people are working on this issue to let a false theory stand.

Imagine the recognition behind disproving it, I would love to be that scientist! However, for the layman to say "I don't believe in climate change" is just as ridiculous as saying "I don't believe in evolution". A more accurate saying would be "I don't know enough to make a decision on the issue". But I see people aren't comfortable with admitting ignorance.

As far as Al Gore and the rest, there is a reason the scientific community honored him and his team with the Nobel. Not liking him politically is a poor reason not to listen to his message. Too many people are thinking with their guts and not with their heads in as far as his message is concerned.

SecularAnimist   February 21st, 2009 3:53 pm ET

The level of ignorance and irrationality exhibited by the deniers of anthropogenic global warming in these comments is really appalling.

You folks REALLY believe that hundreds of climate scientists from all over the world who have studied this matter diligently for decades, in some cases risking their lives to do so (for example the paleoclimatologists who drill for ice cores in Antarctica), including every major scientific organization in the world, including every national scientific academy of every advanced nation on Earth, are ALL engaged in a massive "liberal" conspiracy to perpetrate an enormous hoax on humanity - and ONLY Rush Limbaugh is telling you the truth!

And whenever anyone even mentions Al Gore you instantly begin howling with rage and hatred. Good grief, you are like trained seals. The ExxonMobil-funded pseudo-conservative propaganda masters have done their job well - they've got you jerking around like puppets on their string.

If anthropogenic global warming were not the grave threat that it is, your willful ignorance would be comical. Unfortunately, given the reality of the threat, it is tragic.

Franko   February 21st, 2009 7:30 pm ET

Per observaton, - Per theory;
Effect of CO2, on average surface temperature, is Zero.

Reduction of CO2 will reduce plant growth, wind speed, and moisture transport
Starvation in Africa, because the Gore Zombies, want their ideal crimate

Watch - Global Warming Hoax, Planned in 1961

Lance   February 23rd, 2009 12:08 am ET

Y'all can say and do what you will. Y'all can believe or disbelieve, that is your right as a human being.
I use both solar and wind to produce my electricity. I drive an all electric car.
The bottom line is: I save literally hundreds of dollars per month. The last time there was a power failure in my area my house was like the "energizer bunny", it kept going and going and going. We were never in the dark. My car is recharged using the solar and wind generated electricity.
Drawbacks? Yes! Some of my neighbors resented the fact I had electricity and they didn't. The "electric company" is not happy with me, either. And I am sure OPEC is not happy.
If I save the environment, that is a bonus for y'all and the future generations. I personally like the money I save and not having any inconveniences, like black-outs.

Rob M   February 23rd, 2009 6:22 am ET

I can't believe everybody who thinks Gore is the Global Crusader. If you check his home has one of the largest carbon footprints in the US for single persons. Unlike some other well known homes who have gone "green" like Kennebunkport estate of (yes the Bushes home) have gone to using wind turbines for their energy needs. These people who are blowing the horn of doom like chicken little don't really understand that global warming actually means the opposite and that is why the Northern states are getting colder winters. As for the loss of arctic ice, it is a normal cycle of weather that has been going on for eons. Al Gore is nothing but a big bag of hot air and as I remember took a canoeing trip in the Northeast during the worst drought and they raised the river level so he could take this trip. Some Ecologist!!!!! Does anybody even stop to think about all the volcanoes that are active right now and the billions of tons of sulfuric ash that is being spewed in to the atmosphere? From the sound of it I guess not.

rusty2000   February 23rd, 2009 9:09 am ET

SecularAnimist: gee, it took you 3 paragraphs before you mentioned Rush Limbaugh! Before Exxon-Mobile even. You do realize that the money spent on private research of the global-warming farce pales in comparison to what Gore-Al has pulled down over the last 7 years.

Franko   February 23rd, 2009 9:37 am ET

The money goes to fund the perfect crimate - Gored to self-optimization

Is Gore Dumb, or Stupid, or a Criminal of global proportions ?
Dumb - lacking mental capacity |-| Stupid – knowing but doing otherwise
Criminal - intent to comit a criminal act

Long list of financial fraudsters, why is not Gore investigated ?

Chi Town   February 23rd, 2009 11:27 am ET

Climate change eh... thought it was global warming last year?... I'm behind the times. I'm pretty sure climates change... saw a stuffed furry elephant once.

1950 – Nuclear War will end mankind
1960 – Global starvation due to population explosion will end mankind
1970 – Global Cooling will end mankind (guess we beat that one)
1980 – HIV will end mankind
1990 – The hole in the Ozone will end mankind
2000 – Man made global warming will end mankind
2010 is next year... either (Climate Change) man made or not seems to be the trend... however I'm sure there is room for the next big scare.

Dang... I'm lucky to be alive... I've lived through six Earth ending events

Franko   February 23rd, 2009 1:15 pm ET

All kinds of Taxation jugglings; Reward or penalize the domesticated Humans
How the government supports the Gore agenda ?
What taxes does the Church of Gore pay ?

When will Gore go on TV, in the age old tradition of the TV Evangelists
Admit that he has sinned, cry for forgiveness; from Mother Gaia

S Callahan   February 23rd, 2009 8:16 pm ET

Mother Gaia? 😉

SecularAnimist   February 24th, 2009 12:06 am ET

The deniers of anthropogenic global warming seem resolutely determined to show by their example that the human species is too stupid to survive.

Franko   February 24th, 2009 4:51 am ET

Al Gore's Jolly Green Giant of a FoolPrint, has many beneficial effects
Per encouraging of Mother Gaia, life helps itself, to swarm the Earth

Increased forest growth, increased food supply
Strangely mysterious, are the actual workings of Mother Gaia

Anthropogenic conferences all over
Producing, not hot air, but the essence of life, the miracle of CO2

Franko   February 24th, 2009 4:57 am ET

Al Gore’s Jolly Green Giant of a FoolPrint, has many beneficial effects
Per encouraging of Mother Gaia, life helps itself, to swarm the Earth

Increased forest growth, increased food supply
Strangely mysterious, are the actual workings of Mother Gaia

Anthropogenic conferences all over
Producing, not hot air, but the essence of life, the miracle of CO2

DJ   February 24th, 2009 8:14 am ET

It's so sad to see so many rationalizations.

Using reason is to study all the evidence collected by experts in thier respective fields and arrive at a decision based on it. This is how people make informed decisions.

So many are rationalizing their beliefs. By starting from what you already think based on nothing more than your gut feeling or personal experience and then searching for evidence that only supports your side, you do yourselves and everyone else a disservice. Examine ALL the evidence with an open mind and THEN make your decision....

It may not be that you arrive at the same conclusion as other rational thinkers, but at least you will have arrived at it fairly.

Franko   February 24th, 2009 9:58 am ET

Nobel Chu is going to pick the “low hanging fruit first” (clean coal)
The GoreFantasy, just another sociopathetic preachers snake oil

The cool, depression wind, of Mother Gaia, will deprogram the Zombies

chuck   February 24th, 2009 3:04 pm ET

I’ll start worrying about going GREEN when I see Al Gore squeeze into a pair of bicycle shorts and rides to work. But as long as he’s flying private jets and has his limo’s wait with the motor and A/C running while he lectures to us, I’ll worry about more important things.

Charles Higley   February 24th, 2009 8:59 pm ET

Al Gore stands to make many millions off his investments in businesses which feed off global warming hysteria and carbon trading. He is totally committed to touting manmade warming whether it is cocuring or not.

What he says is irrelevant to the fact that the planet has been cooling for ten years and that CO2 cannot and never has controlled our climate. Now that he calls it "climate change" because he knows it is not warming, he is trying to tie carbon controls to national security to further legitimize increasing unreasonable controls over our lives and the world economy.

He cannot be trusted, from the lies in his movie to his lie about our current warming. He is a political hack from beginning to end.

The fact that he gets all of these awards indicates that the general higher public, who are supposed to be the brighter part of our population, do not have a clue regarding the real state of our climate and the real science involved. They are a bunch of followers.

Franko   February 25th, 2009 12:42 pm ET

Standing back - looking at the process - manufacturing of a scare
Noam Chomsky - Aaron Russo - Catherine Austin Fitz

DJ   February 25th, 2009 4:48 pm ET

Alas, my hope for intelligent discourse has been dashed. I guess I'm not surprised.
I hope for all our sakes your ill thought out rationalizations are correct and its all some big conspiracy to make money and make you afraid.

Franko   February 25th, 2009 6:16 pm ET

To; DJ - Look at this link -
"It is not possible to elevate the surface temperature simply by further emissions"

Theory and observation agree - However, the research Dollars
are frauded away, in support of Hansen and lobbyist Gore

A simple scaled model could be built to simulate the atmosphere
(centrifuge (force proportional to r) - Earth (force proportional to r^-2))
One to one monotonic mapping

The controllers, want to keep you, in a frauded,
mentally self-imposed cage, of manufactured consent

DJ   March 14th, 2009 9:27 am ET

I happened to be reading a blog about denialism and thought about this blog-which brought me back here probably too late to give a meaningful response.

I checked out your "website" source. A single scientist debunking global warming would make a much bigger splash than the Quarterly Journal of the Hungarian Meteorological Service. Find some concrete anti AGW examples in highly respected and strictly peer reviewed journals such as Science and Nature and perhaps you would have something scientific to go on. I suspect you arrived at your conclusions as so many others have – based purely on ideology that has nothing to do with science.

Here is some hard data on ice cap coverage:
Here is an informative non-politicized brochure on AGW by the NAS:

Disagreement exhists among the consensus of scientists as to the mechanisms behind AGW, not its existence. To suggest otherwise by citing an unknown scientist publishing work in obscure journals and using mostly his own previous research as source material is at best disingenuous.

I think there are ample sources to follow up on in the two links provided. They should lead you to good science published in peer reviewed journals that command high levels of respect among members of the scientific community due to the rigorous review processes used.

If you look back on this old blog post, I hope I've left you with reasonable information.

Franko   March 14th, 2009 4:20 pm ET

Reason it out - or have the Bankers do $cience for you ?

The pattern is that fraud and corruption cause an economic collapse. Then, public confidence has to be regained - so the public can be
Frauded once more (change, disguise, fraud the climate, for effect)

In the days of old; JP Morgan and the Robber Barons -
Moderized to the Bankers, Madolfs and Gores

Franko   March 15th, 2009 2:28 am ET

Searching; northwest passage sailed 1937
'I didn't see one cube of ice' (warmest year was 1934)

The second link; “increase in global average temperatures since the mid-20th century is very likely due to the observed increase in anthropogenic greenhouse gas concentrations” - Definitively not the cause. - Better guess is CO2 caused a temporary cooling - because CO2 radiates more on top, while CO2 effect is masked by H2O vapour near the surface. In the final steady state, - Zero average change. (perhaps slight increase in wind speed, improved water transport, and the evening out of global temperatures ? )

DJ   March 15th, 2009 2:30 pm ET

Since we like web based information now. Here is an interesting site that I hope you find helpful.

Franko   March 15th, 2009 3:51 pm ET

Yes, - very good summary - reading through the details
Could not find forest growth increase - is there a rebuttal ?

To be sorted out;– wind speed, humidity, and water evaporation
CO2 traps more radiation (heat) below, requering greater heat transport

I look at this as life changing Earth, in order to suit itself
From poision Oxygen producing algae - to Coal fired power plants
Part of Gaia are U$

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