Science

Nerd Tuesday: COULTON’s “Mandelbrot Set”

COULTON’s “thing a week” and the “Jonathan Coulton Project” are available as podcasts. Subscribe.

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Dramatic proof that God killed Elvis

For a good time, play both videos at the same time.

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Clearing up some misconceptions

Recently a good friend commented in her del.icio.us feed and made the following bold statement regarding an article about breastfeeding: Man, you can’t trust ANY study you read nowadays! Eggs are bad, eggs are good, wine is bad, wine is good. I just don’t know anymore. I think it’s important for the public to know […]

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An important question regarding politics, climate change, the main stream media and informed discourse in general

I’ve been thinking about this one for a while, and I believe that Stephanie and I came up with the answer the other night. I’ll rot13 our results to avoid spoiling it for everybody. I encourage you all to ponder this in your spare time. Draw your own conclusions, and don’t believe the hype. Q: […]

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Cool infographic from The Independent

While not the most terse way to make this particular point, I think it’s pretty effective. From information aesthetics Note that this infographic is (hopefully) dated by now, as “US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice called for an urgent ceasefire between Israel and Hezbollah, conditional on both sides addressing the root cause of the conflict.”

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Is the National Academy of Sciences a terrorist group?

In a report to congress, the National Academy of Sciences had the gall to contradict well-established science fiction and suggest that the earth is hotter than it should be and it’s that way because of human activity. The Earth is the hottest it has been in at least 400 years, probably even longer. The National […]

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Bring on the electric cars

The best argument against electric cars that I hear is that they take too long charge relative to the distance they can take you. A team at MIT is working on capacitor-based batteries that would charge in seconds and would need to be replaced much more rarely than chemical batteries. They turned to the capacitor, […]

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George Bush doesn’t like Science

I’d put off reading about el Presidente’s signing statements because, honestly, I’d rather just wait until the coronation to find out that he’s abolished congress and the supreme court and declared himself emperor for life. Anyway, this joyful little nugget appeared as part of the Boston Globe’s piece on W’s executive signing orders. Dec. 30: […]

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Ozone recovery: good news and a puzzle

A study recently accepted to the Journal of Geophysical Research suggests that deliberate CFC reductions are responsible for partial recovery of the ozone layer. However, in certain circumstances, the recovery is more than can be explained by CFC reductions alone. What they found is both good news and a puzzle. The good news: In the […]

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