Jun 8, 2012
Disappearing glaciers of Africa, good read in Mother Jones:
Jun 9, 2012
this science of misinformation is propaganda 101?http://www.atheistnexus.org/forum/topics/veteran-employees-of-alaba...and a side of corporate cntrl
Jun 16, 2012
blind link... dead link... grrr
Jun 17, 2012
whoa check this out:http://www.google.com/transparencyreport/userdatarequestsnations' govs? b hungry for that scientific daytah aye?
Jun 18, 2012
If you keep informed on black holes and their behavior, we have for years known of their gamma-ray jets that emanate in nearly opposite directions.
If nothing can escape a black hole's gravity, where do the gamma-ray jets originate? Do we rename them dark holes?
Jun 19, 2012
Indeed - this is exactly what quasars are; giant black holes with giant accretion disks. The material in the accretion disks rubs against all the other material, heats up and starts to glow, effectively. Since the speeds are to phenomenal, the heat gets absolutely fantastically intense. Plasma, as the result of the heat, that's moving generates a magnetic field, and the magnetic field has two poles. Just as energy gets IN at the poles of the earth's magnetic field, energy gets OUT at the poles of the black hole's magnetic field. Note that these two beams are steady - not sweeping through space like from a neutron star, pulsar or magnetar, since the magnetic field from a black hole's accretion disk doesn't "wobble" the way the magnetic field does on a neutron star, pulsar or magnetar.
Wow, this is bad ass... dunno how else to put it. Up there w/Tesla motor co.!~
Researchers have clocked light beams made of "twisted" waves carrying 2.5 terabits of data - the capacity of more than 66 DVDs - per second.
The technique relies on manipulating what is known as the orbital angular momentum of the waves
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18551284and freaks still wanna do god wtf.. waste...
Jun 25, 2012
In August, Mars Rover Curiosity will have one hell of a ride known as the "7 minutes of terror."
Jun 27, 2012
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Jul 13, 2012
Einstein still not wrong: http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode.cfm?id=pioneer-sp...
Jul 23, 2012
Aug 21, 2012
Rebekah, I was going to point you to Science Based Medicine also. Best source of info I've found on vaccines, unless you want to read a book. Paul Offit's book is the one I read recently, so you might be able to look up his articles to see if he mentions those ingredients in particular online somewhere.
This caused me to have one of those brain-exploding moments.. in a good way:http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/buildinghouses3dprinting20120824
Aug 26, 2012
aka inspiration.. 3d printers are a very inspiring invention imhopeace!
Aug 27, 2012
Just too disturbing not to share... Reposted from *Diaspora
Aug 28, 2012
There are some very nice people who want children but who have genetic conditions that result in their children not surviving even to birth, let alone to adulthood.
Here, a woman gave her daughter beliefs that might result in the girl's not making it in life.
In the first case, Ma and Pa Nature do what they do. In the second case, the girl's mother did what she did. Life goes on.
Aug 29, 2012
That seems to be the way the Science news cycle works. I'd laugh if I weren't crying.
Aug 30, 2012
In the name of the "love of science" turn on CBC Television right now and watch a very good analysis of the "expert myth"
... experts in economy and management, WHICH ARE NOT SCIENCES, and whose experts are NOT
... experts in nutrition (for all those who insist on posting miracle health cures here) who are NOT, and nutritionists who have meaningless diplomas.
Characteristics that qualify people to be "experts": Height and the watch they're wearing!
An excellent investigative piece, with Ben Goldacre, a wine-maker-expert-debunker, and various other critics and debunkers.
Full episode available on this site for Canadians, for others, I don't know: The Trouble with Experts
One of the show's best lines: Experts are the new priests/shamans... and they lie just as much!
Aug 31, 2012
say's it's only available in Canada, but it's on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nW3wQdo3sg4
Sep 2, 2012
Thanks TNT666 and Chris G. Love that video.
It points-out my thoughts on snooty “Wine experts”, “Art experts”, “Health experts”, “Business experts”, “Management experts”, “Financial experts”, “Relationship experts”, Happiness experts”, and “Toenail-clipping experts”. That is, they’re usually wrong. In other words, they’re full of male Bovine excrement!
Many years ago, I decided that most “experts” were not to be trusted. Mostly because they were contradicted by other “experts”.
According to this video, the people that study predictions say the more certain someone is of their answers, the more often they’re wrong. The person that is not confident of their answers are more likely to be right.
One “expert” teaching others how to become an “expert” advises them to use Buzzwords instead of plain language. Buzzwords are things I’ve hated since I first started hearing them.
The first one I can remember hating was “action-item”. I asked my boss what that meant. He said it means “assignment”. I said why confuse people by making-up a new word or words that mean the same thing as an old word that everyone understands? He had no reasonable reply.
One person said “essentially, chaos is very difficult to live with”. That I can agree with. I want to know how things really work. I want to know the truth. I love the truth. I hate it that I can never be sure of what is true.
Well…..there are some things that have been proven to be true by science, at least proven beyond any reasonable doubt. But there are so many things in life that I can’t say that about. It becomes very distressing at times.
Nevertheless, I refuse to have belief or faith in anyone’s “facts”, hypothesis, or philosophy, unless it’s been published in a peer-reviewed journal, and most scientists are convinced it’s true. But, when that happens, I accept it as true. I still do not have “faith” or “belief”.
And if someone says “trust me”, I’m going to run the other way as fast as my wobbly legs will go!
Spud, You might enjoy "Godel's Proof", a small book by the German mathematician Kurt Godel. He did for mathematicians what Heisenberg did for physicists: made them uncertain.
Sep 3, 2012
Another thing wrong with experts is they are often paid to present political propaganda. The Koch brothers supply many of these who dispute climate change, present false evidence of failing school, that Social Security is bankrupt and the only way to save it is to raise the retirement age, or that medicare is unsustainable. The do this with the agenda of privatizing schools, ending regulation, and reducing taxes.
... false evidence of failing school ... with the agenda of privatizing schools ...
... false evidence of failing school ... with the agenda of privatizing schools ...
A tangent, but relevant to "neocon / religious right agendas":
This summer the Republican Party of Texas opposed the teaching of critical thinking skills in their party platform because they "have the purpose of challenging the student's fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority."
There's much more scary stuff at a Washington Post article, including the full education section of their platform.
(A left-wing conspiracy theorist could postulate that the Koch brothers et al. want a two-tiered educational system designed to leave the 99.9% unthinking and submissive!)
Apropos, from Austin Cline's series of satirical posters representing Religious Right beliefs:
Wow! The Texas Republican party's education platform is incredibly horrible.
Romney panders to to the anti-science Republican base with a
Global Warming 'Joke.'
Exclusive: At the Republican National Convention and on the campaign trail, Mitt Romney has come up with a new laugh line, mocking President Obama’s policies to slow global warming. In doing so, Romney distorts a quote from an Obama speech in 2008 about ocean levels, reports Robert Parry.
By Robert Parry
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has offered few details about how he would run the U.S. government, but he has made clear one thing about his environmental views: he has contempt for President Barack Obama’s efforts to promote alternative energy and combat global warming.
Fitting with the new Republican orthodoxy that climate-change science is either a hoax or hysteria, Romney has incorporated into his speeches a joke about Obama’s interest in protecting the environment, a sure-fire laugh line for the GOP faithful.
In his acceptance speech on Thursday, Romney said, “President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans (pause for mocking laughter) and heal the planet. MY promise is to help you and your family.”
Romney apparently was so thrilled with the success of his new “joke” that he repeated it while on a post-convention campaign swing. In Cincinnati, Ohio, on Saturday, he elicited more laughs from the crowd when he claimed Obama “famously said he was going to slow the rise of the oceans.” Romney added, “Our promise to you is this: we’re going to help the American people.”
Not surprisingly, Romney’s recitation of what Obama said isn’t correct. Obama never said “he was going to slow the rise of the oceans,” but rather he said – in his June 4, 2008, victory speech after clinching the Democratic nomination – that “the American people,” i.e. by changing policies and leaders, would look back at this moment as the time “the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.”
But more important than Romney’s rhetorical exaggeration is that his ridicule of global-warming again counterpoises that longer-term existential threat against the short-term interests of today’s voters, suggesting that President Romney would ignore the former in favor of the latter.
Sep 5, 2012
Excellent. Thanks Ruth.
Sep 6, 2012
first vid ends w/ "..proof man has something to do w/climate.."http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/62750000/gif/_62750557_2012.gifchange.
Sep 7, 2012
Tony, I like.
Oldest message in a bottle found. It was a Scottish Scientific research bottle released in 1914
Sep 9, 2012
"Science Ruining Everything Since 1543" I Love it; going into my "Share" file. Thanks Ruth
Love it Ruth. I'm gonna grab it also. Thanks.
Sep 15, 2012
I know this isnt the dating group but I am very interested in talking to a female who is also a working scientist. Alas, I may not get that chance to be one but I really like scientifically minded females more then anything.
Sep 16, 2012
"secular rest of the week" indeed haaaa!
Well Boris, I think you're gonna have a hard time :)Lots of armchair scientists everywhere though.After my B.Sc. in biology I went on to my M.Sc. in zoology, but due to personal circumstance, I did not defend my thesis, I am therefore a "frustrated" biologist, as most interesting employment in biology requires graduate degrees. So I teach science, and work in a cross of paleo and tourism. As for dating... I've 100% given up! Not enough people with a science education around, and it's probably the only kind of person I could truly happily date. I'd like to disagree with myself, but having a higher education in a real science seems to be a real nutbreaker feature for getting along with people!Many scientists are pretty independantly minded people, and with the soon to be 8 billion on the planet, I see no justification in pairing up.
But I wish you every luck :)
Sep 17, 2012