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June 29, 2015

"The Climate Wars’ Damage to Science"

I hope Matt Ridley's life insurance is paid up because this piece will probably make some of the always-right-thinking, consensus-enshrining people very angry.

(But, if he's lucky, maybe they'll completely ignore it, as they sometimes do with careful, modest, well-reasoned arguments against their position.)

I'd agree with the commenter who wrote, "Matt, this must be the best summation of the sceptical position that I have ever read. Well done."

Link via Instapundit.

June 22, 2015

"America’s Most Advanced Climate Station Data Shows US In A 10-Year Cooling Trend"

Yet another reason to question the so-called consensus.

"The Maleficent 7"

"Today I’m offering up a mash-up from these movies to outline what I’m calling the Maleficent 7 – seven inherent human problems and limitations that impede our ability to make good decisions generally and especially about money."

June 18, 2015

"12 Illuminating Facts About General Relativity"

Big Al was the Man.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of a scientific breakthrough that fundamentally changed our world. 

June 11, 2015

"Why brains, not bust size, matter more for men"

What a surprise: it turns out men aren't so stupid after all!

June 10, 2015

"Bee-pocalypse Now? Nope."

There's been a recent flurry of attention on colony collapse disorder. Before you panic, I recommend reading this.

But here’s something you probably haven’t heard: There are more honeybee colonies in the United States today than there were when colony collapse disorder began in 2006. In fact, according to data released in March by the Department of Agriculture, U.S. honeybee-colony numbers are now at a 20-year high. And those colonies are producing plenty of honey. U.S. honey production is also at a 10-year high.

June 09, 2015

"NOAA Study Takes World ‘by Storm': No Global Warming Pause!"

A brief critical review of the new Science paper that's got the climate-changers all excited.

June 08, 2015

"Why the Biotech Boom Is No Bubble"

Personalized medicine sounds awesome.

For the last 100 years, drug development consisted of small-molecule treatments aimed at mass audiences. For some patients it worked, for some it didn't; sometimes we knew why, often we didn't; and gigantic pharmaceutical companies grew rich. And then, at the turn of the last century, we began to understand a bit more about human genetics—what makes us all different. We knew not only how many genes there were but also what many of them did. We still don't know what to do with all this information, but we are getting better. And just now we are beginning to translate what we know about human genetics to make medicine. Personalized medicine. We are learning not only what "works" but also what makes us susceptible to illness by deciphering where genetics may load the gun and the environment pulls the trigger, and then devising personalized therapies.

Related: "The history of medicine will seem blunt and random compared with what's coming next" and "New era in the war on cancer".


June 07, 2015

"Two Math Educators Derived An Equation For Michael Jordan's Hang Time"

MJ's hang time on the renowned 1988 from-the-foul-line dunk was just . . . 0.92 seconds.

We kinda knew it just seemed like forever, but the math is still surprising.

June 06, 2015

"How Data Nerds Found A 131-Year-Old Sunken Treasure"

Interesting story. (19 minute video.)

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