Category Archives: Science

Off the radar screen

I don’t see the problem here: Creationists are accusing astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson’s reboot of “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” of being scientifically unbalanced because it doesn’t represent their beliefs. Right Wing Watch posted audio of Danny Faulkner of Answers In … Continue reading

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How To Lose Friends And Influence People

I’ve been pretty relentlessly downbeat about Chris Christie’s chances of winning the GOP nomination lately, so it’s only fair to note this bit of positive news, from Nicholas Hune-Brown at Hazlitt: [Sociologist Robert Faris, who studied social hierarchies in grades 6-8 … Continue reading

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Not Good

Science? What has science ever done for us? New research published in The New England Journal of Medicine this week shows that America’s global share of money spent on biomedical research went from 51 percent to 45 percent from 2007 … Continue reading

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Devolution (2)

Pew periodically surveys American views on evolution. This year’s results were discouraging, if not all that surprising: About half of those who express a belief in human evolution take the view that evolution is “due to natural processes such as … Continue reading

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Fingerprints On Mouse Imagination

This is impressive & creepy: The chamber illuminated with reddish light would have been familiar to the mouse—the laboratory animal had scurried before on its black cardboard floor and smelled the faint whiff of vinegar. The mouse froze. A series … Continue reading

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And on the Seventh Day, God Had Second Thoughts…

Bill Nye the Science Guy made the mistake of talking about reality to a group of Texans who didn’t want to hear about it: As even most elementary-school graduates know, the moon reflects the light of the sun but produces … Continue reading

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But notably, nothing about cats

Another reason to get a dog: The nation’s largest cardiovascular health organization has a new message for Americans: Owning a dog may protect you from heart disease. The unusual message was contained in a scientific statement published on Thursday by … Continue reading

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Don’t Fence Me In

Depressing: Dr. Packer’s goal is to save lions. Fencing them in, away from people and livestock, is the best way to do that, he believes, both for conservation and economics. He made that argument in a paper this month in … Continue reading

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He Knows When You’re Awake

I seem to recall hearing fifteen or twenty years ago the claim that animals like dogs didn’t have consciousness. That struck me as obviously stupid. Happily, science is catching up with my intuition: The team then set up experiments in … Continue reading

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How Comments Sections Influence Readers

Maybe we need to start blocking people, to uphold this blog’s mission of edifying the masses: People who read newspaper and magazine reports on science “may be influenced as much by the comments at the end of the story as … Continue reading

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Hot Fun In The Summertime. Also In The Winter, Spring, And Fall

This doesn’t look good: Full article here.

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It’s Real, And It’s Spectacular

nickgb posted on the extreme data of late verifying that climate change is real. Via Andrew Gelman, a chart from a new article on the same topic:

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Albert Einstein On Climate Change

Well, not really– it’s Einstein on polarized politicization of science: “This world is a strange madhouse. Currently, every coachman and every waiter is debating whether relativity theory is correct. Belief in this matter depends on political party affiliation.” In real life, … Continue reading

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“Please Be Certain That This Emailed Death Threat Is *Extremely* Well-Considered”

There’s a lot of neat stuff in this Chronicle article about the study of psychology and political opinions– my reservations about the role of genetics notwithstanding– but this anecdote caught my eye: One of the biggest obstacles for university researchers … Continue reading

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The GOP Policy Response To Climate Change

There’s a conception out there that Republicans are too wrapped up in denialism to have any policy response whatsoever to climate change. That’s not entirely fair. In fact, Republicans have moved to illegalize the study of the climate, and to … Continue reading

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Greening New York

Ever gone up to the roof of a building on a summer day only to find out that as hot as it was down on the street, it’s way hotter on the roof?  There’s a reason for that, and it’s … Continue reading

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How To Run

More research seems to talk up the benefits of interval training: A just-published paper in the Journal of Applied Physiology outlines a new workout that could become as popular as Yasso 800s, because the “numbers” are just as simple. The new workout … Continue reading

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Ain’t Nobody Happy

“Personal happiness” as reported on surveys always seemed to me to be a rather shallow, short-sighted, self-centered reason to have kids in the first place; but all the surveys tended to show that kids make parents less happy anyway. Or … Continue reading

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