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Science

May 22, 2015

"Data Faked In Study About Gay People Changing Voters’ Minds"

The study was published in Science, so this is a big deal: "A researcher apparently made up the results of the much-publicized study, as revealed Tuesday by scientists trying to replicate it."

Related: "As A Major Retraction Shows, We’re All Vulnerable To Faked Data". (As the old joke goes, "Who's we, kimo sabe?")

May 21, 2015

"Purifying the Dirtiest Waters"

Forward osmosis is a cool-sounding technology.

May 12, 2015

"Seven Big Failed Environmentalist Predictions"

Robert Tracinski with another fine piece.

But by now you can get an idea for the major outlines of an environmental hysteria. The steps are: a) start with assumption that man is “ravaging the Earth,” b) latch onto an unproven scientific hypothesis that fits this preconception, c) extrapolate wildly from half-formed theories and short-term trends to predict a future apocalypse, d)pressure a bunch of people with “Ph.D.” after their names to endorse it so you can say it’s a consensus of experts, e) get the press to broadcast it with even less nuance and get a bunch of Hollywood celebrities who failed Freshman biology to adopt it as their pet cause, then finally f) quietly drop the whole thing when it doesn’t pan out—and move on with undiminished enthusiasm to the next environmental doomsday scenario.

"The 'Food Babe' Blogger Is Full of Shit"

I hadn't known about the "Food Babe," but I enjoyed this vigorous carpet-bombing of her work.

Vani Hari, AKA the Food Babe, has amassed a loyal following in her Food Babe Army. The recent subject of profiles and interviews in the New York Times, the New York Post and New York Magazine, Hari implores her soldiers to petition food companies to change their formulas. She's also written a bestselling book telling you that you can change your life in 21 days by "breaking free of the hidden toxins in your life." She and her army are out to change the world.

She's also utterly full of shit.

May 05, 2015

"First results from psychology’s largest reproducibility test"

I can imagine several other subjects studied at the nation's finest colleges and universities that wouldn't do well on such a test.

May 04, 2015

"What It Would Take to Prove Global Warming"

Robert Tracinski does an excellent job laying out the requirements.

UPDATED: link fixed now. Thanks, Kevin.

April 30, 2015

"Why women find narcissists irresistible"

Not something for women to brag about.

April 28, 2015

Five on the Hubble Telescope

"Here’s how the Hubble Space Telescope completely changed what we know about the cosmos".

"Unforgettable Hubble Space Telescope Photos".

"The most amazing Hubble Space Telescope fly-through yet defies belief".

"NASA Just Released This Image To Celebrate The Hubble Space Telescope’s 25th Anniversary".

"The Illusion of Reality: Those Hubble photos you love? They lie. But those lies tell the true story of what exists in the cosmos."

"Is California next? US Geological Survey warns risk of magnitude 8 or larger 'Big One' earthquake has increased dramatically"

If I were in the California legislature--God forbid--I'd reallocate money from high-speed rail to helping cities and towns retrofit the buildings that still need it in case the Big One comes.

Just sayin'.

April 23, 2015

"Are Portlanders Anti-Science?"

The author thinks so.

But at least they have delicious-sounding jian bing (Chinese street crepes).

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