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Grant being reviewed

Where do we go from here with Alzheimer's disease?

The US NIH is driving basic researchers out of the field just when we need them most

Zombies

Cognitive Creationism

  An article in The Journal of Controversial Results compares the new science deniers to the old Biblical creationists

Meiosis

Sex and gender: the biological facts

Why do some people think biological sex is a continuum? Here are some commonly asked questions about sex

Trees

What is it really like to live in the country?

  A little bit of friendly advice from those of us trapped like rats in a rural paradise

Diet Pepsi

Alternatives to Amazon and Diet Coke

A list of vendors that are faster and cheaper and who don't try to interfere in matters they ought not to interfere in

Cyclorama battle of Gettysburg

Politics meets Koch's postulates

Politics is a social pathology that has killed more people in the past century than many well known diseases

Broken glass medical waste box

Is hyper-aggressive clinical screening really a good idea?

Too much reliance on clinical tests undermines the credibility of medical science

Skunk (source: Wikipedia)

Pepe Le Pew, a skunk too far

  Canceling cultural icons on your own side proves that you have gone nuts

Telephone pole covered in ice

Please turn the electricity back off

For a glorious two weeks we were back to chopping wood and reading books by candlelight

Vulture flying in front of a fire

Fires, crowded theaters, and freedom of speech

  Rules are rules. If they're not concerned about being burned to a crisp, that's their problem.

String

Could the universe be eternal after all?

  String theory may overthrow everything we believe about the Big Bang

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

 science and medicine

SARS-CoV-2 structure

Sars-CoV-2 messes with your head

Some researchers are finding evidence that deaths from COVID-19 may actually be due to brain infection.

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.




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.

Male deer rutting behavior

How science is slowly demolishing the myths of woke ideology

Evolutionary psychology is identifying popular false­hoods using empirical science

Cow fermions

Are superconductors holograms?

A new idea from string theory finds holograms everywhere.

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

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?

Coronavirus

Schizophrenia as a com­pli­cation of virus infection

  How respiratory viruses can trigger the immune system and cause psychosis

Beta-amyloid

What are your odds of getting Alzheimer's disease?

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

 photography

Western blot

Building and using a high-quality Western blot imaging system

Build a laboratory imaging system for 1/8 the cost, and get better results by under­standing how they work

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.

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?