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Science

May 22, 2014

"Firstborn Girls Are Statistically More Likely To Run The World"

How about this:

New research from scientists at the University of Essex, though, uses multilevel modeling techniques to overcome these hurdles, and the results suggest that birth-order effects are more than just a methodological illusion. At least when it comes to academic achievement, the mythical yeti of family psych has been bagged and examined—call your older sister!

May 19, 2014

"A Wicked Orthodoxy: Global-warming alarmism is not merely irrational"

A very nice summary of the "denier" brief by the U.K.'s Nigel Lawson

However, the greatest immorality of all concerns the masses in the developing world. It is excellent that, in so many parts of the developing world — the so-called emerging economies — economic growth is now firmly on the march, as they belatedly put in place the sort of economic-policy framework that brought prosperity to the Western world. Inevitably, they already account for, and will increasingly account for, the lion’s share of global carbon emissions.

But, despite their success, there are still hundreds of millions of people in these countries in dire poverty, suffering all the ills that this brings, in terms of malnutrition, preventable disease, and premature death. Asking these countries to abandon the cheapest available sources of energy is, at the very least, asking them to delay the conquest of malnutrition, to perpetuate the incidence of preventable disease, and to increase the numbers of premature deaths.

Global-warming orthodoxy is not merely irrational. It is wicked.

May 15, 2014

"20 Things You Didn't Know About . . . Gravity"

Samples:

8. A dime-size magnet has enough electromagnetic force to overcome all of Earth’s gravity and stick to the fridge. . . . 

11. Gravity’s inverse square law also means the reach of gravitational attraction is technically infinite. Whoa.

May 06, 2014

"Impressive common misleading interpretations in statistics to make students aware of"

Fine discussion.

May 01, 2014

"35 Science 'Facts' That Are Totally Wrong"

Most diamonds aren't formed from compressed coal, frogs don't give you warts, lemmings don't commit mass suicide, people use much more than 10% of their brains, and more

April 29, 2014

"The Popularity of Data Analysis Software"

It looks like if you were tooling up--or retraining--you'd want to learn Java, Python, and R

See also "Will 2015 be the Beginning of the End for SAS and SPSS?"

April 28, 2014

"The Pacific’s Salmon Are Back — Thank Human Ingenuity"

You'd think everyone would cheer this.

You'd be wrong.

Robert Zubrin explains:

Native Americans bringing back the salmon and preserving their way of life, while combating global warming: One would think that environmentalists would be very pleased.

One would be very wrong. Far from receiving applause for their initiative, the Haida and Mr. George have become the target of rage aimed from every corner of the community seeking to use global warming as a pretext for curtailing human freedom.

You can't make stuff like this up.

"The Singularity Is Further Than It Appears"

The author--probably unfortunately--convinces me

In short, I think the near future will be one of quite a tremendous amount of technological advancement. I'm extremely excited about it. But I don't see a Singularity in our future for quite a long time to come.

April 22, 2014

"Save Lives & Deter Criminals--Help John Lott start the CPRC"

You can support John Lott on Indiegogo now.  His center concludes that "unbiased research shows that citizens protecting themselves with firearms leads to lower crime".

April 16, 2014

"23 Global Warming & Climate Change Stories All Americans Should Read Before Earth Day"

Excellent list

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