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Posts made in May, 2012

5 Things Separate Science From Non-Science

Sorry economists, you don't do science, no matter how much envy you have.  Nor you, mathematicians, and social psychologists surveying undergraduates are disqualified too. In order to be a science you have to be scientifically rigorous - that doesn't mean just using some statistics. Obviously, even getting funding from the National Science Foundation doesn't qualify as science, though...

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Chicks Linked To Salmonella Cases

Be careful when ordering things through the mail - especially chicks.Apparently, 50 million live poultry are sold through the mail each year in the United States.  Business has been booming because wanna-be farmers regard backyard chickens as a great way to raise their own food. So they buy chicks, for their kids or themselves.I imagine they only think that chickens are a great way to...

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Gas Exploration Boosts Archeology – Ancient Shipwrecks Found

Ancient sunken ships are generally found in shallow water 100 or so, but two Roman-era shipwrecks have been found almost a mile deep in waters off the islands of Corfu and Paxoi, the Ionian Sea between western Greece and Italy.The wrecks are from the third century A.D. and lend more evidence to the idea that bolder ancient shipmasters did not just stick to coastal routes and ventured into the...

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What If Progressives Took Over Sports?

What If Progressives Took Over Sports?

Sports – well, professional sports – is the last remaining meritocracy. Even science is under siege by social authoritarians who want to hijack the field by forcing science through a prism of social justice issues, racial quotas and the framing of political beliefs such as the ‘biologization of politics’. Luckily, we still have athletics. ¬†Few people care about the racial...

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Where Were You In 1882? The Transit Of Venus Wants To Know

June 5, 2012 you get to share a communal experience with scientists from hundreds of years ago.  No, I don't mean Calculus, I mean one of the rarest and more interesting recurring events science has been able to witness since the invention of the telescope - a transit of Venus.You may not have heard of it but you know of it if you ever wondered how astronomers were able to calculate how far...

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