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Advocates of good science breathed a sigh of relief when Andrew Wakefield was finally lambasted for questionable methods and shoddy science, basically eliminating the validity of the fundamental text of the 'anti-vaccination' movement outside science circles.

What about another fundamental text inside science circles?  Namely Nepotism and sexism in peer-review, by Christine Wennerås&Agnes Wold (Nature 387, 341-343, 22 May 1997,  doi:10.1038/387341a0 ), who claimed they did not receive Swedish postdoctoral fellowships because of male chauvinism.
When I was a young guy in the Army, if an M-16 stayed missing the President had to know about it within 4 hours(1) and that was just a gun ... imagine how much Pres. Obama wants to know whose ass to kick over 4 missing underwater robots in the Navy.

Wait ... 4???   Yes, not 1, but 4.   They were apparently on a training exercise looking for underwater mines - in the Chesapeake Bay - when contact was lost.  It was part of a routine annual training exercise among US and Canadian military and civilian forces.
Can't make it to the H+ Summit because you're in South Africa for the World Cup?   The folks at the H+ "Rise of the Citizen-Scientist" summit have it covered.

Take Scientific Blogging Featured Author Andrea Kuszewski's enhancing intelligence survey here: Instructions for the Intelligence Enhancement Study

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Live streaming of the talks is also here:
Is David Beckham a keen physicist?   Though he wouldn't know how to do the equations on a chalkboard, he certainly does it in his head and then with his feet - so perhaps he is an experimental physicist at heart.

I've often used baseball to talk about concepts such as drag, the Bernoulli principle, Reynolds number and the Magnus effect but Beckham's ability to curve the football so much can teach the same things.

The Bernoulli effect tells us faster moving air reduces pressure and a pressure difference is on either side of the ball  creates a net force called the Magnus effect:

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Let's pretend the US is in a bit of an economic crunch and, due to that, universities which up to now have had carte blanche to raise costs any time they like (average - double the rate of inflation but for quality schools, much higher), as much as they like, in the interests of 'quality', are now discovering that parents don't have unlimited money.
Daniel Klein,  a professor of economics at George Mason University, says in Econ Journal Watch that progressives do not understand how money works; basically they would flunk Economics 101.