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Science

June 07, 2015

"Two Math Educators Derived An Equation For Michael Jordan's Hang Time"

MJ's hang time on the renowned 1988 from-the-foul-line dunk was just . . . 0.92 seconds.

We kinda knew it just seemed like forever, but the math is still surprising.

June 06, 2015

"How Data Nerds Found A 131-Year-Old Sunken Treasure"

Interesting story. (19 minute video.)

June 01, 2015

"This 14-year-old has come up with a faster and cheaper way to detect pancreatic cancer"

There may be hope for the country yet.

"The Trouble With Scientists: How one psychologist is tackling human biases in science"

"Sometimes it seems surprising that science functions at all. In 2005, medical science was shaken by a paper with the provocative title “Why most published research findings are false.”1 Written by John Ioannidis, a professor of medicine at Stanford University, it didn’t actually show that any particular result was wrong. Instead, it showed that the statistics of reported positive findings was not consistent with how often one should expect to find them. As Ioannidis concluded more recently, “many published research findings are false or exaggerated, and an estimated 85 percent of research resources are wasted.”2

Also of interest: "How the Biggest Fabricator in Science Got Caught" and "What is medicine’s 5 sigma?"

Related (for the lack of basic critical scrutiny of science in modern journalism): "I Fooled Millions Into Thinking Chocolate Helps Weight Loss. Here's How".

And--hoo, boy--when he found out about the faked data in the Science study, was Hitler ever mad! (Background, if you haven't seen it.)

May 26, 2015

"The New Bee Crisis Is Just Like The Old One: Phony"

Henry I. Miller, Forbes:

Never let a good crisis go to waste, Rahm Emanuel famously said.  But what do you do if the “crisis” turns out to be a dud?  Easy–invent a new one.

That’s what we’re seeing currently in Washington and Brussels, where government regulators, deprived of one environmental calamity–by, of all things, data–are scrambling for a new narrative.

May 25, 2015

"Climatologist Dr. Judith Curry rips ‘manufactured consensus’ – Human influence is NOT ‘dominant over natural climate variability’"

I especially like this bit:

[If you have seen] the collapse of the consensus on cholesterol and heart disease– that one collapsed overnight. I can only hope that sanity will eventually prevail with the climate problem as well.

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.

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