In 15 seconds, name as many drugs as you can. What
did you come up with? Does the list include heroin, marijuana, and meth? Maybe
you also thought of cocaine, ecstasy, LSD, alcohol, or the wide variety of
They key issues in the discussion of the BICEP2 result center around the way BICEP2 accounted for dust in the foreground. They based their analysis on a presentation graphic which was shown at the April APS conference of 2013. This may have been a mistake. In the defense of the BICEP2 team, that graphic was the best data available at the time. A .fits file of this particular data from PLANCK did not exist yet. Never the less, it leads to reasonable questions about the validity of the result.
Cosmos, hosted by Science 2.0 fave Dr. Neil Tyson, is wrapping up and it seems to have found its niche.
Its 3,450,000 viewers yesterday is way down from its debut but it is nowhere near the crash-and-burn Seth MacFarlane has just experienced with A Million Ways to Die in the West. The good news is that, like with his western comedy, Cosmos did not have a high budget and people who stuck it out this long are going to buy the DVDs - but it has already made a lot of money.
Programmers may not be the guys with the best sense of humor around, but I found it quite entertaining to read a web page
with a collection of source code comments arising a smile.
The one I liked the most is the following - not even a comment, but the way the guy called the object he instantiates:
"After the 1974 London Conference, with its strong confirmation of the quark model, a general change of view developed with regard to the structure of hadrons. [...] the quark structure of hadrons became the dominant view for developing theory and planning experiments. A crucial element of this change was the general acceptance of QCD, which eliminated the last paradox, namely, why are there no free quarks ? The conjectured infrared slavery mechanism of QCD provided a reason to accept quarks as physical constituents without demanding the existence of free quarks. The asymptotic freedom property of QCD also provided a ready explanation of scaling [...].
Not horrified by PETA's graphic images of food processing or titillated by their penchant for exploiting naked women
enough to stop eating meat?
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have opened a new front in their culture war; they have declared that increased Autism Spectrum Diagnoses are due to milk
When included in addiction treatment and relapse prevention
programs, mindfulness and meditation strategies have been shown to
reduce anxiety and help to prevent relapse. But mindfulness and meditation are
separate practices and even within meditation, not all styles produce the same
results. Which is best?
For some time now in Britain, our “great and good” have been belabouring the more conservative part of our population  with accusations of Islamophobia and Homophobia. The implication of those two epithets is that they are some kind of medical or — by extension — moral pathology. I will attempt in this short blog to raise the subject of what I consider to be some errors of our “great and good.”
Four simple reasons that Ebenezer the dinosaur does not prove young Earth creationism. Young Earth creationist are happy to have their own museum at which to present their case. In brief, a dinosaur fossil found in flood deposits means that it was killed in the biblical great flood. (Of course, it could not have been killed in any of the other mythical or mytho-historical floods spoke of in written and oral histories around the world.
) Here are the reasons why young Earth creation science is wrong:
SETI scientist Gerry Harp writes of a "secret" experiment involving Kepler 186-f. The senior scientist look only for a tuning fork like signal. The least likely signal ET would send. Real signs of ET intelligence will be, and if I am correct are in fact, much fainter and on a broad band like channel. A serious scientific search should not attempt to rely only on radio data, or look only for a strictly monochromatic, one frequency, radio signal.