Stop eating your pet's food

Apparently people are eating their pet's food, and they're getting salmonella poisoning in return...

A scientific reference manual for US judges

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Rainbow connection

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Neutrinos on espresso

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A scientist and journalist by training, I enjoy all things science, especially science-related humor. My column title is a throwback to Jane Austen's famous first line in Pride and Prejudice

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What do you get when you combine gravity, Bernoulli's principle, and a social media giant? An easy-to-understand explanation of how planes fly, courtesy of Facebook users. And you were worried about the future of our country...not with these geniuses in charge!

Source: BuzzFeed
I needed a good laugh this morning, so a tip of the hat to Fox News for the welcome relief. On the Google News homepage, I saw this humdinger of a headline:

"Fox on Sex: 5 Ways to Get Your Wife to Have More Sex With You"

I don't know about you but when I think about how to increase my frequency of making the beast with two backs, I think Fox News.1 Good thing they came through.

A "sexologist" named Logan Levkoff, Ph.D. (and Logan is a female, BTW) advises the following:
As a resident of the Elysian Fields that is the Twin Cities, I have been deluged by the Favreian Circus descending upon our fair binary metro area, and I. Am. So. Over. It.

The bacchanal over Number Four's return has spread through the sports-writing world at ludicrous speed1 as has the dissolution of decades-long hatred among Vikings fans toward the former Cheesehead - hypocrites, the lot of you - but thus far I haven't come across a story that discusses regression toward the mean, which could be a factor in the upcoming NFL season.
I almost categorized this under Humor but it's more scary than funny... TPM highlights the Conservapedia argument against the theory of relativity:

"The theory of relativity is a mathematical system that allows no exceptions. It is heavily promoted by liberals who like its encouragement of relativism and its tendency to mislead people in how they view the world. ... Virtually no one who is taught and believes relativity continues to read the Bible, a book that outsells New York Times bestsellers by a hundred-fold."
While passively watching an episode of South Park,1 my spidey sense tingled - something was amiss, and it wasn't the barely surviving buttons on Cartman's pants. I grabbed the remote from the huz and rewound to the spot that caught my eye2 - a young kid, Token Black, is singing in front of an audience at the Miss Colorado pageant.
I had a "driveway" moment today listening to NPR - you know, where the story is really interesting and you've arrived at your destination but want to hear the end and folks walking by your car stare at you like you're about to pull off a drug deal?

Anyway, the National Institute on Aging and the Alzheimer's Association announced the first new diagnostic criteria for Alzheimer's in about 25 years - the last diagnostic criteria were released in 1984.