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Comments of the Week #145: from identical snowflakes to science and God [Starts With A Bang]

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 01:13:09 +0000

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.” -Neil Gaiman Here we are, at the…

A missing piece of the puzzle [Dynamics of Cats]

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 02:15:37 +0000

I’ve been puzzling over the rationale for some recent events… Exxon has a large contract to develop oil and natural gas resources in the Russia. This can only go forward if sanctions on Russia are lifted, which seems likely to happen in the near future. But, there is too much oil and capacity to surge…

Glöggt er gests augað [Dynamics of Cats]

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 01:48:25 +0000

The Aspen Art Museum is doing a series of interdisciplinary lectures, titled “Another Look” Another Look Lecture: Gabriel Orozco & Cosmology – so this is a thing. I did one of the lectures. The first one, I gather. It was quite an interesting experience, for me at least. Good fun, riffing on the perspective from…

Around the Web: Saving Government Data from the Trumpocalypse [Confessions of a Science Librarian]

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 04:59:23 +0000

While I’m working on a major update to my Documenting the Donald Trump War on Science: Pre-Inauguration Edition and preparing for the first of the post-inauguration posts, I thought I’d whet everyone’s appetite with a post celebrating all the various efforts to save environmental, climate and various kinds of scientific and other data from potential…

Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight / Where ignorant armies clash by night [Stoat]

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:51:50 +0000

I was going to write something much harsher than this; but then I chanced upon “ignorant armies” and hence was reminded of Dover Beach and it was so gloriously beautiful again that I can’t bring myself to be unkind, at least for a while. So instead I’ll just quietly point out that the vast slew…

Ask Ethan: Is Zero Gravity Really A Thing? (Synopsis) [Starts With A Bang]

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 15:08:52 +0000

“It was a strange lightness, a drifting feeling. Zero gravity. I understood that everything that once seemed solid and immovable might just float away.” -Lisa Unger If you want to experience zero gravity, all you need to do is go to space, turn your rocket off and feel that weightless sensation, right? Except, from up…

January Pieces Of My Mind #2 [Aardvarchaeology]

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:14:00 +0000

I just wrote a long drinking song in Swedish for the Stockholm Tolkien Society’s 5 x 9th anniversary. The first line translates to “Thranduil in Mirkwood imports beverages”. Like most archaeologists I use to share my work, but I have a somnolent placeholder account on ResearchGate as well. They keep pestering me to engage…

Can science prove the existence of God? (Synopsis) [Starts With A Bang]

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:16:16 +0000

“It’s so easy to become a grumbler, someone who condemns and carps at everything on principle and sees an ulterior motive behind it.” -Eric Metaxas If we find out that we truly are alone in the Universe, whether there’s no other life, intelligent life, or spacefaring life, there’s no doubt that makes us special. But…

Friday Cephalopod: Day of mourning [Pharyngula]

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:11:19 +0000

Inauguration day: How President Trump could undermine trust in vaccines [Respectful Insolence]

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:35:49 +0000

In a (very) few short hours, Donald Trump will take the oath of office and become the 45th President of the United States. I realize that I don’t normally blog about politics, at least other than that related to medicine, but I make no bones about it. I’m dreading 12 Noon ET on January 20,…