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Civil war battle

Why I am not a conserv­ative—but I'm considering becoming one

Snollygosters have turned our culture cattywampus with all their malarkey

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.

Caterpillar sleeping

Latest news: nothing happened again today!

  No news is good news. Is it the end of history or the calm before the storm?

Andromeda

More thoughts on whether the universe really exists

The world has somehow fallen into a black hole of fakeness. This proves it's turtles all the way up.

Alchemist experiencing dramatic warming

Science Under Siege
(Part 6)

The climate studies scandal has harmed the public perception of science. Here's how we can put it back on track

Proposed new Chick-fil-A logo

What should conserva­tives do after Chick-Fil-A?

Breitbart was wrong: politics is not downstream from culture. It is downstream from science and philosophy

Scene from Twilight Zone

A meme that will live in infamy

Memes that describe impossible phenomena, like "An X in a Y's body," help us to think about the world

Broken vacutainer tubes

Vaccines, the Internet, and trust of science

Demonizing anti-vaxxers will only reduce the public's trust in science. Here's how that works.

 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 and medicine

Pleiades

Why is the speed of light not infinity?

Wonky Minkowski diagrams, Rindler frames, and quantum foam, oh myyyy . . .

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.

Swirls

'Mental illness' is no longer a useful term

Treating PTSD and other disorders will require understanding synaptic plasticity.

 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.

  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.

Bismuth

Bismuth, nature's most uninteresting element

Seven incredibly boring facts about bismuth you will probably believe!

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?