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Cerberos
How to kill Obamacare

  A terrific idea from the New York Times. Don't faint in shock.

Clouds
In defense of keeping LGBQT out of the DSM

The question sounds political, but it goes to the heart of what is science and what isn't

Clouds
When is it acceptable to retroactively ‘correct’ your data?

A new report challenges NASA's global temperature adjustments.

Orion Nebula
Liberalism is no longer an ideology. It is magical thinking

Why do liberals play John Lennon's Imagine after every disaster?

Pleiades
Nothing is Everything

  How did the Big Bang create the universe out of nothing? Or did it?

Saints
Science is a religion

Religion has not lost the culture war. The intellectual descendant of religion—science—has conquered the world.

Sun behind the trees
Carbon Inequality

Carbon inequality is the latest term for global warming. It's carbony, it's dirty, and it's getting all over everything.

Nomad shooting redshirts
Artificial Intelligence will not wipe out humans

Humans can do that all by themselves. Besides, computers won't kill one of their own.

Klingons
Klingons are libertarians

  Humor was inconsistent with Roddenberry's grim vision of the future.

Chess pieces sawing each other
Economic inequality statistics are based on faulty data analysis

The numbers magically come out in favor of bigger government.

Snow
How to lose a scientific discussion

  Browbeat your opponents, call them names, and use lots of pie charts.

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.

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

Brain
Does lack of sleep cause Alzheimer's disease?

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

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

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?