Category Archives: Science

How do you science?

I got a question from my family that’s a little more complicated than a quick blurb.  Instead I put a more detailed response here. I’m curious, how do you decide on which Hypothesis or Experiment to begin with in your … Continue reading

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Pop science and the basis of life

There is a… thing. An exhaustive critique would be… exhausting.  But I can’t let this go completely untouched either.  So I’ll compromise with highlighting some of the most egregiously wrong parts. Living systems are uniquely characterized by two-way flows of … Continue reading

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Plasma

Fire is hot. We don’t usually think about it being hot; it’s more instinctive or reflexive knowledge, but fire is actually hot enough to be weird. It was humanity’s very first source of plasma and in the thousands of years … Continue reading

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Water is Forgetful

Homeopathy is a truly noxious bit of pseudoscience. To metaphorically refer to it as snake oil would be an affront to snake oil salesmen who, after all, at least provide a putatively edible substance in return for their extraordinary fees. … Continue reading

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No Such Thing as Wheat

I noticed a couple of secondary media sources talking about this study today. It’s interesting in part because non-linear temperature responses and threshold temperatures are a really cool thing in biology. More importantly it is interesting because a lot of … Continue reading

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“Safe” cars

So, from time to time, people will tell me that they like big cars like SUVs because they are safe in car vs. car situations (ignoring the rollover issue and other complications for the moment). My first impression is that … Continue reading

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What, if anything, is Gibbs?

So there is this thing I noticed about chemistry when I took my first intro class (11 years? Holy crap!). I’m certainly not the first one to notice it, but the way that atoms arrange themselves in the shapes they … Continue reading

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