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Science

January 29, 2015

"Why don’t women know what men find attractive?"

Good question.

Studies have shown that straight women overestimate the importance of thinness in heterosexual men’s perception of female beauty. That is to say, women think men prefer ladies much thinner . . . than they actually do.

Related: "Why Do So Many Women Wear So Much Makeup?"

The female participants thought the models looked better with slightly more makeup than the male participants did. However, all of the participants thought male observers would want the models to be wearing more makeup than female observers would.

They were wrong—men and women preferred the same amount. And that amount was less than the models had actually applied.

"Fickle Sun Changed Europe's Climate for 1,000 Years"

"Variations in the sun’s output may explain some of the natural changes in Europe’s climate during the past 1,000 years, including the deadly, cold winters of the 16th and 18th centuries. Earth scientists recently discovered that as solar output dipped, so did temperatures in the North Atlantic, which then may have cooled the climate in Europe."

January 27, 2015

"15 Ways The World Will Be Awesome In 2050"

The long run--fingers crossed--could be very, very good.

"How do I become a data scientist?"

Seems like a useful set of recommendations.

"How Close Are We to Star Trek Propulsion?"

Not close, but closer than I would have thought.

"The 2017 total solar eclipse awarded to the United States"

Make your plans now

It goes right through the middle of the country too . . . almost everyone in the lower 48 is within a day's drive of seeing it. Cities in the path of the totality include Salem, OR, Jackson, WY, Lincoln, NE, St. Louis, MO (nearly), Nashville, TN, and Charleston, SC.

January 24, 2015

"Math Explains Likely Long Shots, Miracles and Winning the Lottery"

A fine, useful piece.

For a shorter version, see Persi Diaconis's remark that if you look at a big enough sample long enough, "almost any damn thing will happen".

January 23, 2015

"Science journals screw up hundreds of times each year. This guy keeps track of every mistake."

Good for him. May he live long and prosper.

January 20, 2015

"Botched environmental predictions for 2015"

This is a great project for somebody: keep track of the Left's record on predictions.

You’ve heard the warnings: Global warming could doom humanity. Overpopulation and deforestation will destroy the planet. We’re going to run out of energy.

It isn’t happening right now, experts say, but it could happen in a few decades.

Yet, decades ago, experts warned that many catastrophes would happen now – by the year 2015. Yet they have not. FoxNews.com found five predictions that went astray.

January 19, 2015

"Scientists balk at ‘hottest year’ claims"

Not that I'm in the habit of trusting the mass media on heavily politicized stories, but this discussion still proved surprising and enlightening.

UPDATE: See also "The Most Dishonest Year on Record".

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