"It sounds crazy: a band of animal lovers and firemen in the mountains of Arizona, led by a Buddhist girl scout, making a pink milkshake for rats that may eventually improve the lives of millions of people."
Ignore the gratuitous slam of pharmaceutical companies near the end and enjoy both a mom's fierce struggle to help her daughter combined with an interesting meditation on what should qualify as scientific truth.
(I note that while the author makes a fine case for loosening the standard in the case at hand, there is a good reason why scientists have that standard: loosening it would force consideration of a whole lot more nonsense. We need to compare the benefits and costs of changing the standard and there are formidable obstacles to that. Life is difficult sometimes.)
Sounds like a very, very long shot. But it's interesting that it's even remotely possible, and . . . who knows?
The results of another important psychology paper can't be reproduced.
"Legendary physicist Freeman Dyson talks about math, nuclear rockets, and astounding things about the universe"
(Of course, it's extremely non politically correct to say this because Dyson doesn't think global warming is a big deal.)
This new way to recycle batteries represents a safer and environmentally friendlier way to extract these metals, as current techniques typically require harsh chemicals and high temperatures.
"In a lot of respects, the hardest thing to grasp about physics isn’t any of the principles of the theory, but the mindset of the people who do physics. The trickiest step in becoming a physicist is often learning how to think like a physicist."
Link courtesy of the Big Henry.
A bit sad, but more than a bit beautiful, too.
I still get the occasional joke from colleagues about my ‘crackpot consultant business’, but I’ve stopped thinking of our clients that way. They are driven by the same desire to understand nature and make a contribution to science as we are. They just weren’t lucky enough to get the required education early in life, and now they have a hard time figuring out where to even begin. At the same time, the physicists on my team like to help others understand more about science and appreciate the opportunity to apply their knowledge outside academia. In connecting both sides, everybody wins.