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A Closer Look at the Ivermectin Statistics in Africa

The Internet is getting another buzz on about some small molecule with antiviral activity

Suicide squad scene from Life of Brian


  Both sides of the vaccine war are following the strategy of Monty Python's Kamikaze Scotsmen


Ivermectin and COVID-19

  Ivermectin has strong antiviral activity in vitro. It is neither a miracle drug nor a quack cure

Pile of books

Do people ever say what they believe?

If people are saying things they don't really believe, we're justified in ignoring everything they say

PPARa protein docked to fenofibrate (6LX4, Katama et al)

Small molecule drugs against COVID-19

A new paper claims that the antiviral activity of all existing anti-COVID drugs is an artifact


Misconceptions about cancer and Alzheimer's disease

As science improves, its predictions asymptotically approach common sense

Nuclear Regulatory Commission logo

Newly discovered benefits of ionizing radiation

Everything we thought we knew about radiation is being turned on its head . . . mostly

Scene from some movie where people lied all the time

The legacy of the virus lab leak coverup

  The credibility of science took a huge beating over the past year. Advocacy science is the main culprit


How to reduce vibrations in a push lawnmower

  Simple modifications to prevent permanent nerve damage caused by vibrations

Anagram of I am Lord Voldemort

Cheap laughs on the computer

Computer-generated anagrams may be cheap jokes, but they help us understand why jokes are amusing


Sex and gender: the biological facts

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


Could the universe be eternal after all?

  String theory may overthrow everything we believe about the Big Bang

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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!


What does the Y chromosome do?

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


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?


Schizophrenia as a com­pli­cation of virus infection

  How respiratory viruses can trigger the immune system and cause psychosis


What are your odds of getting Alzheimer's disease?

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


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.


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.


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.


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

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

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.


Fundamentals of Reindeer Aerodynamics

How did reindeer evolve the ability to fly?