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Bitcoins
Bitcoins cause global warming

  So does pizza, watching porn, and everything else we don't like

Alchemist's experiment takes fire
Want safe spaces? Stay away from science

If people are never exposed to risk, they lose the ability to determine what is and what isn't dangerous.

Water droplet
Thermostats and the afterlife

What would we have to postulate about the universe to conclude that there is life after death?

Dog kennel sign
What is humor?

  After years of intensive research, science still has no idea why some jokes are funny and others aren't.

Light pollution
Don't politicize light pollution

  Dark skies activists hurt their own cause by exaggerating the effects of light.

Peeved-looking Bird
Neanderthals, animals, and humans

What do different species think of humans? How do they see the world differently?

Jupiter
Where are today's Spinoza, Teilhard de Chardin, and Altizer?

What the world needs is some wild and crazy Christianity theorizing.

Chess pieces
Problems with linear regression

  First, a tedious statistical question. We'll fix the end of the world later

Pleiades
Why is the speed of light not infinity?

  Wonky Minkowski diagrams, Rindler frames, and quantum foam, oh myyyy . . .

Compass
Is flawed moral reasoning leading America astray?

  More than ever, political disagreements are framed in absolute moralistic terms.

Square earth
The Earth is Round (p<0.05)

  After 23 years, the paper with that title still raises uncomfortable questions.

Xenon lamp
How close are they to real artificial intelligence?

  We read the textbook on ‘deep learning’ so you don't have to.

 libertarianism

Sonogram of bird calls
The sound of freedom

  Technological sounds are drowning out the quiet music of nature.

Chess pieces brawling
Argumentation in a post-logical world

We must become more analytical in detecting and refuting hidden assumptions in the debate.

Lightning Atheism, Ducks and Bananas

Atheists and religious people both need to work on their sense of humor.

Barbed wire
Eight myths about libertarianism

  Libertarianism is not what many people think.

 science and medicine

Beta amyloid 1-42 3D model
The theory that just won't die

  Beta-amyloid has been studied for 30 years, and we are no closer to a cure.

Protein molecule
The future of medicine

  In the future things will be ... uh, better ... mostly

Clouds
Cold facts on global warming

  It's still important to understand what is and is not factual about the climate.

Protein molecule
Not your grandfather's theory of evolution

  Darwin's theory of natural selection has mutated almost beyond recognition.




Tinnitus: Causes and Treatment

Recent research suggests that tinnitus is easier to cure when treatment is given early. In this article, I will discuss what is known about tinnitus and what tinnitus sufferers can do about their affliction.

Cow fermions
Are superconductors holograms?

  A new idea from string theory finds holograms everywhere.

Bismuth
Bismuth, nature's most uninteresting element

  Seven incredibly boring facts about bismuth you will probably believe!

 photography

Solar eclipse
How to Photograph a Solar Eclipse

Without burning up your camera sensor, blinding yourself, and setting your dog on fire.

Moon
Star fields in Apollo 11 photographs

The claim that there are no stars in the moon landing images is examined.

UV picture of Pine cone
Shortwave ultraviolet photography

Photography at short UV wavelengths (200-300 nm) opens up a new universe.

Roof vents
How to take bad cell phone photos

Some tips on taking the worst travel photos ever.

Radioactivity
Photographing Radioactivity with a Webcam

You can use a webcam to photograph radioactivity.

UV image of sparks
Ultraviolet photography

The ultraviolet world is gloomy ... and pink.

Infrared image of tree
Infrared photography

It's not difficult to modify a digital SLR camera to take pictures in the near-infrared.

Andromeda
Astrophotography Without a Telescope

You don't need a lot of equipment to take spectacular pictures of the stars.

Fireflies
Fireflies

Firefly biology and tips on photographing fireflies. Movie of fireflies flashing in synchrony.

Oslo lens graphs
Build an Ultraviolet Zoom Lens, Part 1: Design

Design and plans for a fused-silica zoom lens.

Lens
High-resolution compact spectrograph, Part 1

Design and plans for a compact spectrograph suitable for astronomy.

Swan Nebula
Astrophotographs

  A collection of astrophotographs.

  science humor and miscellaneous

Reindeer
An Overview of Santa's Advanced Anti-Radar Technology

The inability of our most advanced radar to track Santa is no accident.

Woodpecker How to Get Rid of Woodpeckers

  Do noise generators and reflector tape actually work?

Crystal cube The Prophecies of Bruce de Nostradamus

Bruce Nostradamus is not as famous as his older brother, partly because his quatrains were not very good.

Reindeer
Fundamentals of Reindeer Aerodynamics

How did reindeer evolve the ability to fly?