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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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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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