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August 12, 2014

"Why Psychologists’ Food Fight Matters"

It's about time. But I won't hold my breath.

"Important findings" haven’t been replicated, and science may have to change its ways. . . . 

The “replication crisis” is not at all unique to social psychology, to psychological science, or even to the social sciences. As Stanford epidemiologist John Ioannidis famously argued almost a decade ago, “Most research findings are false for most research designs and for most fields.” Failures to replicate and other major flaws in published research have since been noted throughout science, including in cancer researchresearch into the genetics of complex diseases like obesity and heart diseasestem cell research, and studies of the origins of the universe. Earlier this year, the National Institutes of Health stated “The complex system for ensuring the reproducibility of biomedical research is failing and is in need of restructuring.”

August 11, 2014

"Updated list of 29 – Actually 30 – excuses for the 18 year ‘pause’ in global warming"

If 30 is not enough, just wait--more will be coming.

(Link via Mike M.)

July 26, 2014

"8 Star Trek Technologies Moving From Science Fiction To Science Fact"

One more reason why Star Trek--particularly the original series--is great

July 25, 2014

"5 Mysteries About the Human Race That Science Can't Explain"

Why does pain hurt, why does anesthesia work, and three more.

July 22, 2014

"Scientists Pave The Way For Possible Alzheimer's Blood Test"

Let's hope that this works out and real soon.

July 08, 2014

"This Company Can Predict Athlete Injuries With Unbelievable Accuracy — Here's How"

If this company were publicly held I'd think seriously about investing in it. This has got to be a gold mine. (But success will almost surely draw entry and fierce competition.)

July 01, 2014

"How To Marry The Right Girl: A Mathematical Solution"

The optimal stopping rule, summarized. (Link via Metafilter.)

June 25, 2014

"5 Scientific Explanations for Your Sexual Perversions"

To paraphrase Fox News: I link, you decide.

June 23, 2014

"The Math Formula That Explains All Those Strange Coincidences"

I knew about--and taught--the Birthday Problem. But the three other examples, especially the one with the roulette wheel, are interesting and useful, too. (Though the "math formula" is left as an exercise for the reader.)

June 06, 2014

"Will we ever . . . travel faster than the speed of light?"

Apparently, no.

Bet on Big Al and give the points.

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