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Science

December 16, 2014

"This Physicist Has A Groundbreaking Idea About Why Life Exists"

This is amusing:

His idea, detailed in a paper and further elaborated in a talk he is delivering at universities around the world, has sparked controversy among his colleagues, who see it as either tenuous or a potential breakthrough, or both.

Genius, or crazy, or both! But, fortunately, science exists to sort these things out.

December 15, 2014

"Blood, Simpler: One woman’s drive to upend medical testing"

From Ken Auletta in The New Yorker, an extraordinary story in several ways. For one, it's a powerful anecdote against the claim that The Man keeps women down. 

I hope it works well, and if so, it comes to someplace near me real quick.

December 08, 2014

"6 Compelling Correlations That Make Absolutely No Sense"

Terrific stuff for a statistics or quantitative methods course.

"The Top Eleven Ways to Tell that a Journal is Fake"

I wouldn't have thought an article like this was necessary. Sadly, recent events probably make it so.

December 05, 2014

"Bee Apocalypse Science Scandal? Did Scientists 'Fix Evidence' To Ban Neonic Pesticides?"

If true, it's not surprising.

December 02, 2014

"This Is What Happens When No One Proofreads an Academic Paper"

Pro tip: edit out the snarky comments you include to amuse your co-authors.

November 26, 2014

"This Man's Brain Recovery Has Baffled Scientists And Provided Hope For Others"

Amazing and wonderful.

Then out of nowhere, a white Chevrolet van hit them at 75mph, an absurd speed for the neighbourhood. Marcy was killed outright and Lewis was so thoroughly broken that the paramedic on the scene took him for dead. The Chevrolet driver, meanwhile, fled the scene, and was never caught. That was the story the Times ran with – the destructive experience of a hit-and-run in a city where everyone drives everywhere.

Twenty years on, that crash continues to reverberate. Only this time, it’s a happier story, one that Lewis has told in a book, Rise and Shine, and before large audiences at numerous public events. It’s the story of his astonishing recovery, and it not only gives hope to sufferers of traumatic brain injury (TBI), but provides proof, in the most dramatic fashion, of the brain’s incredible ability to regenerate and reorganise itself.

November 24, 2014

Two more startling glimpses into modern physics

"The Grand Illusion: Does time have a future? Yes, but how much of a future depends on what the ultimate fate of the cosmos turns out to be."

"Video: Do We Live in a Multiverse?"

November 17, 2014

"The Good News About Offshore Oil Rigs"

Jonah Goldberg:

Never let it be said that Mother Nature doesn’t appreciate irony. A new study led by researchers at Occidental College and the University of California at Santa Barbara has found that the oil platforms dotting the California coast are fantastic for sea life.

November 10, 2014

"Why Asimov's Three Laws Of Robotics Can't Protect Us"

Dang. I thought they would. (But I'm still not completely convinced.)

(A brief introduction the the laws here.)

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