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Air speed velocity of coconut-laden swallow

Statistics do not decide scientific truth

Some people think statistical validity is a criterion for whether a scientific finding is true. They're wrong

Chess piece giving an unfavorable review

Should peer review be abolished in science?

  'Pee review' should be done fairly or not at all, but there's a better solution

Six hundred dollar xenon light bulb going off

Censorship of science

  Scientific journals are using computer programs to ignore the real threat and focus on fake problems

Cows

Meat in a post-woke world

  Prepare yourself for a monumental push to stop us from eating meat

Tropical fish

Hydroxychloroquine is great again

Two higly publicized papers—one on HCQ and one on dexamethasone—show the dangers of relying too much on statistics

Beta-amyloid

Toward a unified theory of Alzheimer's disease

  All the existing theories of AD suck. Nature is trying desperately to give us clues

Non-conforming chess pieces

Conformity and anti­conformity

The Wuhan coronavirus has bequeathed to us an epidemic of intellectual suicide

SARS-CoV-2 structure

Underground virologists question the origins of SARS-CoV-2

Sophisticated structural and sequence analyses of the Wuhan coronavirus are popping up

 science and medicine

Duga radar antenna

Questions and Answers about 5G wireless

  No wait, this will be interesting, I promise. Come back!

DNA

What does the Y chromosome do?

Is it really possible for a person to change sex? Do other animals have Y chromosomes?

Clouds

Cold facts on global warming

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

Male deer rutting behavior

How science is slowly demolishing the myths of woke ideology

Evolutionary psychology is identifying popular false­hoods using empirical science




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.

Spider web with dew drops

Does high humidity protect against SARS-CoV-2?

Could preventing the spread of COVID-19 be as simple as turning up the humidity? Here are the calculations

Coronavirus

Schizophrenia as a com­pli­cation of virus infection

  How respiratory viruses can trigger the immune system and cause psychosis

 photography

Solar eclipse

How to Photograph a Solar Eclipse

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

Mars photographed with unstable camera

How to photograph Mars and other planets

  It's not too late to get your azz to Mazz.

Moon

Star fields in Apollo 11 photographs

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

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.

 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 humor and miscellaneous

Circuit board
I drink the charger electric

  What Walt Whitman would have written if he lived in our age of 5G NR cell phone technology

Chess fracas

The Blogger's Code of Snark

Some rules handed down to me by my old Grandma Blogger, who knitted them into a seven-foot-long tea cosy.

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?