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Mrs Evil
Mrs. Evil, our next president?

  Could the United States survive eight years of absolute corruption?

Converting carbon dioxide into ethanol

Another crazy idea to use electricity to sequester carbon ... but what if we could it run in reverse?

Little known facts about Parkinson's disease

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

Blood-filled river
Defenestrate--or break--the Overton window

Conservative leaders need to push the boundaries of acceptable discourse a little harder.

Privatizing science research, part 2

We need a way to couple the production of knowledge to the market without relying on government.

M33 galaxy
Science Under Siege, Part III  

Understanding what causes bad science is critical to reforming it.

Subcortical vascular dementia

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

Hell and Damnation

  We should interpret religious concepts as hard-earned wisdom about what civilizations need to survive.

DNA vector
Why are there still hippies?

  Risk-taking behavior violates the principles of Darwinian selection. So why haven't hippies all died out?

Artificial Intelligence Apocalypse

A world with AI would be so alien that predictions about it serve only as vehicles for our anxieties.

Get rid of RICO laws

  As long as RICO exists, the government will be tempted to use it to suppress free speech.

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.

Protein molecule
The future of medicine

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

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

Ozone molecule
The ozone layer cured global warming

The 'pause' started a few years after the Montreal Protocol went into effect. Coincidence?

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.

Forging the universe

  Why is there something instead of nothing? Science, religion, and philosophy have different ideas.

Cosmic strings
Particle Religion

  Religious metaphors in science are a sign that our beliefs are changing.

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

Fundamentals of Reindeer Aerodynamics

How did reindeer evolve the ability to fly?

An Overview of Santa's Advanced Anti-Radar Technology

According to radar experts, the inability of our most advanced radar tracking systems to detect the red-suited Christmas icon is no accident

Woodpecker How to Get Rid of Woodpeckers

  Do noise generators and reflector tape actually work?

The Prophecies of Bruce de Nostradamus

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