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Trees and fog

What's gonna happen to all them city slickers comin' out here?

A little bit of friendly advice from those of us stuck in a rural paradise

SARS-CoV-2 structure

Comments on Yan Li-Meng's second report

  The promised critique of Wuhan Institute's RaTG13 is out. What does it say?

Davros face-palming

Glucocorticoids do not cause roid rage

A new theory on why obesity is a risk factor for Covid; Daily Mail gets dexametha­sone horribly wrong

Nature magazine

Is Nature magazine dumping science for politics?

Politics is the art of coercing people into believing what you wish to be true. It is incompatible with science

Brain

What are your odds of getting Alzheimer's disease?

Latest research shows that late-onset Alzheimer's disease is 75% genetic

Water drop

Karma holds the universe together [revised]

Why does the universe hold together instead of atomizing? Three things: Lies, lies, and more lies

Scene from War of the Worlds

Why your Earth stores are still doomed

It's not just the coronavirus panic. Your Earth store clerks are making things tough for us Martians again

Cat on North America Nebula

Space is quantum entanglement

Many physicists now say that spacetime is quantum entanglement. Does that mean it's a neural network?

 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

Emperor from Star Wars

One phoenix please, extra crispy [revised]

  Some ideas for J.K. Rowling's possible remake of Order of the Phoenix

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.

Reindeer

Fundamentals of Reindeer Aerodynamics

How did reindeer evolve the ability to fly?