For those of you waiting impatiently for The Huffington Post to tackle science, wait no longer.
In her somewhat lengthy announcement to readers, Arianna Huffington summarizes the coverage of HuffPost Science, which is edited by David Freeman, the former managing editor of the CBSNews.com health section:
From the farthest reaches of space to the tiniest cells inside our bodies, HuffPost Science will report on the world’s greatest mysteries, most cutting-edge discoveries, and most thought-provoking ideas.
Apparently, science is one of her things. She reminisces about how she first fell for the underrappreciated discipline:
Science is a subject that has fascinated me for years. I remember, in the mid-70s, being taken by Bernard Levin to meet Arthur Koestler at his flat in London. I had just read his book, The Act of Creation, on the inspirations that propelled great scientists. Koestler, who described scientists as Peeping Toms at the keyhole of eternity, talked about scientific equations with the ease most of us discuss what we had for dinner (or, if you are a HuffPost regular, the Iowa results).
Don’t fret though if your relationship with science doesn’t run as deep. The section aims to look at how science impacts sports, religion, technology, health – and well, other Huffington Post channels.
Why science, now? Huffington explains why the timing is perfect — which, of course, is partly political:
There’s no better time than now to launch a venue that explores these questions, given the explosion of truly medieval thinking in our world — and not just on the fringes. It’s a world in which we have senators and presidential candidates who don’t believe in evolution and who think that global warming is a myth. A world in which politicians don’t just have their own set of ideas but their own set of facts.
Some of today’s stories include a piece about Johns Hopkins scientists who want to adopt a new calendar (see, you probably didn’t even know there were problems with the one we have now) and artists who blend science with art. There is also a video series, “Talk Nerdy to Me” that’s anchored by the section’s science correspondent Cara Santa Maria.