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Posts made in March, 2014

Twerking The Zeitgeist: Fans Of Science Should Be Worried About Cosmos Ratings

The reboot of Cosmos was on the must-see television list for many; it is a prime-time non-fiction science program, with one of the best hosts in science media, a generous budget, airing on 10 channels, and even had music by the guy who did Captain America. Excitement was high.Then it actually began. It had an alarming non-science gaffe - the story of the likely insane philosopher Bruno...

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APS Puts Global Warming Skeptics In Expert Workshop

The American Physical Society is reviewing its Climate Change Statement. The APS Panel on Public Affairs (POPA) formed a Subcommittee, consisting of Steven Koonin, Phillip Coyle, Scott Kemp, Tim Meyer, Robert Rosner and Susan Seestrom, to consider revisions to its 2007 statement and that group convened a workshop with 6 climate experts, including 3 who are skeptics, though really they are more...

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4,000 Reasons To Love Chemistry – And That’s Just In Whisky

If there is a pleasant, chemically-induced but culturally acceptable pastime, someone at U.C. Davis is probably studying it. They have one of my favorite beer scholars, Prof. Charles Bamforth, and are even setting up a coffee science group. Their nutrition department has been generously funded by Mars candy company and, no surprise, a whole 'science of chocolate' panel appeared at an AAAS meeting...

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UNC Athlete Sham Classes Are Some Higher Order Of Sham

University of North Carolina has loose academic standards for athletes. Obviously lots of schools do that. But UNC takes it to a whole new level. Some of the classes never met and only required a paper. And even terrible papers earn an A.This paper, uncovered by ESPN, was a paragraph long, chock full of spelling and grammatical errors and didn't say much of anything.I was on the competitive...

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Rhynchohyalus Natalensis: Four-Eyed Deep-Sea Barreleye Fish Has 360 Degree Vision

The Rhynchohyalus natalensis in a recent paper was caught about 1000 meters under the Tasman Sea and it has two pairs of eyes, allowing it to spot danger from every angle. One pair is upward-facing tubular eyes, to spot danger from above, while another set is on the side of its head, to detect bioluminescence from deep sea creatures. The second type of eye is typically associated with...

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