Brave New Rationalist Bookshop – Art To Celebrate Embiggen Books’ Grand (Re)Opening

Dear C,Remember that little local artist's painting I sent you back in 2007? The one that's small enough to use as a coffee-mat, that I got from one of several folders that were full of plastic sleeves and original sketches and paintings? Assorted art that the artist didn't seem to want hanging around? Remember how I told you that the artist won a freaking Oscar this year?PLEASE put yours in a frame now...Love, K.Yes, the picture is one of many that feature in the windows of Em … [Read more...]

Australian Astrophysicist Joint-Winner Of Nobel Prize!

Yes, I know, I know - we've enjoyed the Australian wins for the Ig-Nobel's already - but here's the real deal and Australians are featured! From ABC News: Australian National University astronomer Brian Schmidt has been named a joint winner of the 2011 Nobel physics prize for his research into supernovae. The prize was awarded "for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the universe through observations of distant supernovae", the Nobel Committee for Physics at the Royal Swedish Academy … [Read more...]

WANT – Corn Mazes In Space! (Or Crop Circles For Science)

From the Examiner's Space Exploration column, by Paul Scott Anderson (click to embiggen): Space-themed corn mazes celebrate NASA! Most people have seen or heard about corn mazes, those huge patterns cut into corn fields in a wide variety of shapes and themes, where you can wander around in them and try to find your way out again. Similar to but not quite the same as crop circles, they have become a very popular form of agritourism, especially for children. Now NASA is getting in on it a … [Read more...]

NRG TitaniumION Rubber Bands Get Bounced By Rebel Sport

In a blog post over at Science Based Medicine, ('Pseudoscience Sells') Dr Steve Novella sums up TitaniumION Bands: Next up is the Titanium Ion Bands. Their claims are essentially the same – wear a little bracelet on your wrist and you will have improved performance. Instead of holograms and frequencies, their bands are alleged to work through negative ions. This is just another recycled pseudoscientific claim that has been around for years. Just search on “negative ions” and you will see a variet … [Read more...]

Climate Change Denial Machine – Flow Chart

From Wilson daSilva - Flow chart of climate denial machine produced by sociologists.It says that it's from Dunlap and McCright, 'Organised Climate-Change Denial' in the Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society, Oxford University Press, 2011, p.147. … [Read more...]

Ben Goldacre On Bad Science At TED

I'm mostly posting this because Dr Ben Goldacre is from my home town. That and anyone who manages to finish a Q&A at a skeptics' convention with the words "I'd rather slam my cock in a door" deserves to win all the lobster he can carry. … [Read more...]


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