Monday Science

By: Monday May 19, 2014 6:30 pm

NASA has built a flying saucer! Actually, it’s a landing saucer and intended to test soft landing techniques for future missions.

An experiment to create matter from light. Theoretically possible, but nobody until now has come up with a way to test the theory.

Silly putty (remember that stuff?) makes better LiON batteries!


Monday Science

By: Monday May 12, 2014 12:30 pm

Fukushima Update:

Tepco underestimated Cs-137 released by 150%. What a shock. Odds are that underestimation is consistent through all their estimates. Same study estimate the North American exposure at 400TBq.

Now that’s some number crunching

By: Thursday May 8, 2014 1:30 am

I guess the next step is to ask those computers about Benghazi then?

Saturday Art: The Feynman Series – Beauty and Think Like a Martian

By: Saturday April 26, 2014 12:47 pm

The Feynman Series is a collection of videos narrated by physicist Richard Feynman and featuring footage from NASA, BBC Planet Earth, Microcosmos, Chronos, and others. The creator is Reid Gower, who also made The Sagan Series.

Monday Science

By: Monday March 31, 2014 7:15 pm

Fukushima Update:

Things have been fairly quiet, news wise. Tepco claims almost 600 fuel bundles have been removed from the #4 SPF, but they’re getting the easy ones first. The paranoids are wondering if ANY fuel bundles have actually been removed, never mind 600. I think that number is pretty close to correct, FWIW.

Monday Science: Fukushima Update

By: Monday March 24, 2014 4:05 pm

Fukushima update:

Black dust is everywhere. We’ve already determined that the black dust is almost certainly powered reactor fuel from the #3 explosion. The authorities seem determined not to notice.

Director of Office of Research Integrity Resigns, Calls It Worst Job He’s Ever Had

By: Friday March 14, 2014 10:15 am

The Director of the Office of Research Integrity (ORI), David Wright (no relation), has resigned. His resignation letter reads as a comprehensive indictment of the federal bureaucracy which he worked for and called “remarkably dysfunctional” raising questions over the future of American research and innovation.

Study Proves Campaign Donations Can Buy Access

By: Thursday March 13, 2014 4:00 pm

Warning: this may be painfully obvious. Just in case you, for some reason I can’t fathom, had doubts that money buys influence in Washington our friends in the ivory tower decided to perform a scientific experiment to prove it.

Determined Ignorance: Still Impervious to Facts

By: Saturday February 22, 2014 8:48 am

Climate change is a hard policy question to address because it pits those who believe in evidence against those committed to knowing as little as possible. And unfortunately, the dumbasses control a great deal of political territory, a gigantic ice sheet of stupid that never recedes enough for facts or data to gain purchase.

Damon Linker Misses The Point Entirely On Homophobia

By: Thursday February 13, 2014 9:30 am

It does not matter if the Bible justifies homophobia.

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