Gosh, It’s Hot!: Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste

Members of the Church of Global Warming are saying the dramatic heat and storm mess we’re experiencing is what global warming will look like. Note how they tack back and forth in their use of language when it suits them: “global warming” yielded to “global climate change,” which gave way to “global climate disruption.” Now [Read More...]

Sexual Imagery and Teens

I just love BS sciency headlines that draw absurd conclusions from facts not in evidence, cite studies that are woefully incomplete even by the standards of the scientists involved, and make bold declarations with no connection to reality. In this case it’s an article at Phys.org that wants to assure us that swimming in a [Read More...]

Paul Ehrlich: Still Wrong

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Paul Ehrlich has not merely been wrong in his long career as a “population expert”: he has been demonstrably, repeatedly, spectacularly wrong about almost everything. Somehow, he’s not only failed to offer groveling apologies for a lifetime of saying stupid things, but continues to claim he was right all along. Ehrlich is most famous as [Read More...]

Not Every Job is Made Better by Robots

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F’rinstance: South Korean prison guard. And this is necessary because … CCTV is too efficient and cost effective and doesn’t involve cool proto-Daleks? Now, if Robo-Guard wandered up and down gen-pop shouting “EX-TER-MI-NATE!” randomly, then I might be able to get behind this. This article at Phys.org appears to have an accurate read on this. It’s not [Read More...]

Hyenas Eat Donkeys For Lent

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In Ethiopia, hyenas normally just eat whatever they can scavenge from the garbage leftoutside of inhabited areas. But what happens when there are no meat leftovers in the garbage due to the strict Ethiopian Orthodox Lent? Let’s just say you wouldn’t want to be a donkey: Hyenas will eat just about anything organic. They’ll chow down on mammals, birds, fish, and reptiles. [Read More...]

New Imaging Reveals Unexpected Order in the Brain

This detail from a DSI scan shows a fabric-like 3-D grid structure of connections in monkey brain. Credit: Van Wedeen, M.D., Martinos Center and Dept. of Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University Medical School

National Institute of Mental Health Director Thomas R. Insel, M.D. calls the image above “a high resolution wiring diagram of our brains.” Well, sort of, but I won’t fault the guy for reaching for a bit of overstatement in order to produce a pithy soundbite, and what the team has accomplished is pretty dang amazing. [Read More...]

Archaeology … in SPAAAAACE!

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  Actually, it’s archaeology from space, but I couldn’t resist a Muppets reference. Satellite data is becoming an essential tool for archaeology, as the widespread availability of improved imaging allows researchers to identify areas of former human habitation that cannot be seen from the ground: Beyond the impressive mounds of earth, known as tells in Arabic, that mark lost [Read More...]

See Your DNA!

I don’t want to brag or anything but, my vegetable DNA extraction station is a HUUUUUGE hit at the annual Cub Scout Cub-O-Ree run by my wife. We look at vegetable DNA by smooshing up strawberries in ziplock bags and using a process similar to the one shown in the video below. I’m not planning to change that human [Read More...]


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