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April 23, 2015

"Mathematical mysteries: the Goldbach conjecture"

Go ahead, prove it. I dare you.

April 09, 2015

"Tongue Rolling and 5 Other Oversimplified Genetic Traits"

Some more lies--excuse me, "oversimplification"--educators tell kids

April 07, 2015

"25 Brutally Honest Peer Review Comments From Scientists"

Honest or just cranky, you decide.

I am afraid this manuscript may contribute not so much towards the field’s advancement as much as toward its eventual demise.

April 06, 2015

"It's Not the Heat, It's the Tepidity"

Balanced and smart look at the global warming trend by Clifford Asness and Aaron Brown.

The reaction from several on the Left indicates that the piece has injured the Cause.

April 02, 2015

"Science’s Big Scandal: Even legitimate publishers are faking peer review"

From Slate:

We’re entering an era of cargo cult peer review. It now appears that even major scientific publishers are peddling products that have all the trappings of a scholarly journal but are fundamentally hollow at core.

I don't know what all the fuss is about. I certainly enjoyed the seminal papers "Cuckoo for Coco Puffs" and "Get Me Off Your Fucking Mailing List".

"15 Year Old Boy Invents Brilliant Device To Help His Sick Grandfather"

Very cool.

March 31, 2015

"Why the Drake Equation Is Useless"

I've always thought so, but I figured I was just confused. Probably not.

"Manipulating the climate: The case for a Plan B"

Almost nothing reveals the true agenda of extreme environmentalists like their extreme hostility to possible technological solutions to climate change.

Yet when climate altering technologies are proposed as Plan B alternatives, there are outcries.

"President Obama has been working assiduously to persuade the world that the United States is at last serious about Plan A — winding back its greenhouse gas emissions," Clive Hamilton, a professor of public ethics at Charles Sturt University in Australia and author of Earthmasters: The Dawn of the Age of Climate Engineering wrote in a New York Times opinion piece.

"The suspicions of much of the world would be reignited if the United States were the first major power to invest heavily in Plan B," he wrote.

Al Gore, meanwhile, has dubbed geoengineering techniques "simply nuts." And a litany of other environmental advocates and outlets have called artificially interfering with Mother Nature "insane."

March 26, 2015

"Drones and satellites spot lost civilizations in unlikely places"

"What do the Sahara desert and the Amazon rainforest have in common?"

March 25, 2015

Good news for rats: they're probably off the hook

Rats probably weren't the transmission vector of bubonic plague. Gerbils probably were.

It’s always the cute ones you have to watch out for, isn’t it?

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