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Cat looking stunned
Hyperbole is literally everywhere

If all the fake news and exaggerations are elimi­nated from the Internet, there won't be too much left.

Germans bombing Pearl Harbor
Wikitribune is part of the problem

  It is theoretically impossible for the wisdom of crowds to detect fake news.

Red Guards
The March Against Science

  The only scientific thing about the March For Science is the word ‘science.’

Scene from movie 1984
The five stages of language grief

  Our adversaries are trying to win arguments by baking politics into the language.

Tombstone for common sense
First fake news, now fake biology

  Gender essentialism is the latest buzzword for denying biological truth.

Chess fracas
The war over fake definitions

The left doesn't have to repeal the First Amendment if they can rewrite the dictionary.

Does lack of sleep cause Alzheimer's disease?

  There's a strong correlation, but the evidence is still circumstantial.

Life in academic research, v.2

The job of academic scientists is to bring in government money for the university.

Earth in clouds
Reality, multiverses, and artificial intelligence

  Pretending something doesn't exist doesn't make it go away. Or does it?

Protein molecule
Not your grandfather's theory of evolution, Part 1

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

Antimatter in thunderclouds

Lightning produces gamma rays and antimatter. Some researchers may have even detected neutrons.

Slocum Glider UUV Drone
Submarines, whales, drones, and ocean pressure

Manned submarines can only dive to two or three times their own length.


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.

Ligntning 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

Little known facts about Parkinson's disease

  An exciting new treatment involves electrical stimulation instead of L-DOPA.

Curtains for the beta-amyloid theory?

Solanezumab's failure hasn't eliminated beta amyloid as a potential cause of Alzheimer's disease.

Subcortical vascular dementia

Vascular dementia is the loss of mental faculties caused by a problem in the blood vessels in the brain.

Cold facts on global warming

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

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, nature's most uninteresting element

  Seven incredibly boring facts about bismuth you will probably believe!


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.

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.

Astrophotography Without a Telescope

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


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.

High-resolution compact spectrograph, Part 1

Design and plans for a compact spectrograph suitable for astronomy.

Swan Nebula

  A collection of astrophotographs.

  science humor and miscellaneous

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.

Fundamentals of Reindeer Aerodynamics

How did reindeer evolve the ability to fly?