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Mr and Mrs Godzilla
Femzilla versus the sexbots

Feminism will permanently change how humans repro­duce. We might not like it

Abolish daylight savings time

It doesn't make sense now, if it ever did. In fact, we should get rid of time zones altogether.

Ultrasound listening devices in Cuba? Unlikely

A discussion of the University of Michigan's new theory about the Cuban embassy sonic attacks

Pink caterpillar
Does gender dysphoria have a biological basis?

In one sense it's tautological: everything we do has a biological basis. But what causes it?

Do Natural Laws Exist?

  What are natural laws? For that matter, what is a deity? Maybe they are the same.

Stop making fun of zose new pronouns

Making fun of xe, xem, and xyr will only make zem a permanent part of ze language

Scene from Idiocracy
Are flickering LEDs making us stupid?

  The switch to light-emitting diodes may be having unexpected health problems

Moxie dies in dorkness

  Now we're getting propaganda in our dictionaries. Give us more. I mean less

Why are scientists such bad writers?

The softer the science, the longer the paper. Our third installment in how to write good

Big Bang
The Problem With Time Travel

  Science fiction movies often depict time travel. Just how realistic is it?

Chess pieces
Problems with linear regression

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

Why is the speed of light not infinity?

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


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

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, nature's most uninteresting element

  Seven incredibly boring facts about bismuth you will probably believe!


Solar eclipse
How to Photograph a Solar Eclipse

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

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?