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Misleading graphs

I've seen several potentially misleading graphs in articles lately, so here's a reminder of a couple of common y-axis issues:... (More...)

The Martian (book and movie)

A few weeks ago, I decided to take a look at the book of The Martian. I hadn't had much... (More...)

Nifty squaring technique

I just encountered this nifty way to easily square numbers in your head: To calculate n2 for n between 40... (More...)

Happiness study, happiness video

There's a lovely 7-minute feel-good video that purports to reproduce a scientific study that, the video says, proves that the... (More...)

Star Trek science

I've seen a couple of people complain about the new Trek movies not being very scientific, which led me to... (More...)

On scientific dissent

Happened across this while looking up something else: But being a dissenter from orthodoxy is not difficult; the hard part... (More...)

Links: tech stuff

Some technical and vaguely tech-related items, mostly from a couple months back: IBM discovers the business value of editors. OkCupid... (More...)

Ice spheres and water marbles

A set of interesting and thematically linked items, I think via BoingBoing: A scientific hoax/trick/joke: water marbles. The video shows... (More...)

Items: Miscellaneous

Really must clear out some browser windows. Squirrels: Y'all know about Crasher Squirrel? This couple was on vacation in Banff,... (More...)

Stress makes rats get into ruts

Interesting New York Times article: "Brain Is a Co-Conspirator in a Vicious Stress Loop." Some key bits from the article:... (More...)

Wedding weekend

The wedding was lovely. Up until the last minute, there was some uncertainty about whether it would have to be... (More...)

Some interesting abortion articles

The other day, happened across an interesting article in TIME: "Finding Common Ground on an Abortion Bill," by Amy Sullivan.... (More...)

Space travel, sense of wonder, and engineering feats

Interesting pair of articles: "Space: Is the final frontier all it used to be?", by Ted Anthony, for AP, discusses... (More...)

Apollo 11: Forty years later

Lane Wallace discusses spaceflight, sense of wonder, and technology—noting, for example, that the Apollo 11 computer had 36K of memory.... (More...)

Super superconductor demo

At some point during college, Rob S added a catchphrase to our ever-growing collection of catchphrases and slogans: "SUPERCONDUCTORS MAKE... (More...)

Study shows people have good gaydar

Scientific American has an article about a study that shows that people can (with better-than-chance accuracy) identify which men are... (More...)

LHC and the end of the world

I've seen a bunch of people in the past few days say things like "Well, the Large Hadron Collider has... (More...)

Space party

Turns out that it was declared a few years back that April 12 of every year is Yuri's Night, a... (More...)

Bussard on safe cheap fusion

Dr. Robert Bussard, best known in the sf world as inventor of the Bussard ramjet, has spent the past 15+... (More...)

Rainfall + cable TV = autism?

A trio of economists at Cornell and Indiana University-Purdue have done an as-yet-unpublished study that makes the following claims: As... (More...)

Things to do on dates

A friend recently pointed me to a webcomic called xkcd. (In the same email, she asked how I was doing,... (More...)

Stand by for Mars!

I imagine y'all have seen Google Moon by now. But now there's something new: Google Mars, apparently released just in... (More...)

Items: Physics, astronomy, space, math, illusion

Buncha cool stuff here, including some videos and music, on various geeky topics. Physics of Oobleck (that is, of corn... (More...)

Items: Browser window closeout

These items have no theme (well, okay, maybe "gender and genre"?); just wanting to close some browser windows. I think... (More...)

Rose's mustache, and calculating devices

I got D&J's permission, so here's the photo of Rose and her mustache. Moments after I took that photo, Rose... (More...)

Spirit on Mars!

The latest robotic NASA mission to Mars seems to be a success so far; the rover, named Spirit, has transmitted... (More...)