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TRUMPIAN SCIENCE: A SHORT GUIDE

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 19:35:20 +0000

Science should be done with all the “best” words. Data is shown via tweets. Folks with “intelligence” not to be trusted. China is mathematically removed in climate change projections. Hypotheses all end with a “CHA-CHING!” Scientific credentials include showing your birth certificate. “Pussy” is a medically recognized term. Citations include lawsuits. Expert peer review still sound, except for the bit about “expert.” All computer stuff to be done by some guy in New Jersey: not Russia. Breibart News is a credible scientific source. Scientific community includes that crazy relative of yours who believes mermaids are real but climate change is…



AN INTERVENTION LETTER TO BRAD, A DEADPOOL FAN

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 19:46:42 +0000

Dear Brad, I love you very much and it breaks my heart to write this letter. For a long time, I believed that your fascination with Deadpool was just a phase. But it has driven us apart. It is clear that you believe you can regenerate limbs like Deadpool, but you are harming your physical health and it scares me. Your belief in your power to regenerate limbs has led to some close calls. I’ve had to accompany you to the emergency room too many times, like when you almost severed your hand with a circular saw. As I don’t…



VOYAGE OF THE BEAGLE (DARWIN!) PHYLO DECK IS NOW AVAILABLE.

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 20:29:19 +0000

The Voyage of the Beagle Phylo Deck is now available for free download, and/or for revenue neutral purchase (both as a boxed set, and a cheaper cards only option). Many thanks to Karen James for her research work on which organisms to showcase (and where they were found), as well as the awesome artistry exhibited…



THE HOLIDAYS ARE NOT REALLY ABOUT SCIENCE

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 08:00:48 +0000

CHRISTMAS 1970.  by Spike Milligan  A little girl called Sile Javotte Said ‘Look at the lovely presents I’ve got’ While a little girl in Biafra said ‘Oh what a lovely slice of bread’.  – – – – –The SCQ wishes you a Happy Holidays, and invites you to please enjoy (or re-enjoy) some of our holiday flavoured pieces. We’ll return with new material in the New Year. Miracle on the 34th Replicate (by Vince LiCata)  A Note from Santa about Global Warming (by George Motisher)  It’s a Wonderful Lab (by Vince LiCata)  T’was the Night ‘Fore the Conference (A Visit from…



A BRIEF GUIDE TO COMBATTING MASS SURVEILLANCE

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 16:25:11 +0000

Mass surveillance has been the norm for decades, and is growing rather than shrinking even as public knowledge of it increases. Spy agencies surveil entire countries the world over, targeting political dissidents and minorities more than terrorists and subverting the free expression essential to democratic processes. These practices harm liberty and security alike according to…



MUTATIONS IN THE SEED REGION OF WIZARD mIR-96 ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR HEREDITARY PARSELTONGUE HYPERACUSIS

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 22:00:39 +0000

Annals of Praetachoral Mechanics (2016). Vol 2. Advanced online publication. download pdf ABSTRACT Parseltongue is a rare hereditary trait that allows wizards to communicate in the language of serpents. Wizards who are parseltongue not only have the ability to speak to serpents (parselmouth), but also possess the ability to hear ultrasonic frequencies produced by the snake (parseltongue hyperacusis). Genome wide association studies (GWAS) have identified scores of genetic variants that contribute to different wizarding phenomenon. MicroRNAs negatively regulate mRNA expression by binding complementary sites in target mRNAs, with the specificity of interaction being crucially dependent on the miRNA seed region.…



OH LOOK, IT’S THE CANNABIS CARD, AND THE THC CARD… (PHYLO PHYTOCHEMISTRY EXPANSION DECK)

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 23:26:51 +0000

Just a quick word to let you know that our sister site (The Phylo TCG Game) has finally launched the purchasable version of their Phytochemistry Expansion Deck (also available as a free download). Now you can mix and match potent drugs with the botanical species they were derived from. Anyway, here are the details on how to use, as well as an image showcase of the awesome cards themselves: Welcome to the PHYLO Phytochemical deck. This is a cool expansion pack that looks at important chemicals derived from plant specimens. In other words, it’s not really a standalone playable* PHYLO…



AN INTRODUCTION TO CREATINE

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 17:36:11 +0000

Many profits in the supplement industry are generated by making exaggerated claims about their products. Despite the popularity of such supplements, few are very well researched and the industry itself isn’t well regulated. In fact, one popular pre-workout stimulant, Jack3d, was recently banned in the United States because it contained an illegal dietary supplement, dimethylamylamine (DMAA), that has been linked with the development of cardiovascular problems. Creatine, however, is a popular supplement used for increasing muscle development and athletic performance that has been well-researched and has been consistently proven to produce these effects. Its effects can be explained by basic…



ADVANCED QUANTUM THERMO-DYNAMICS IS NOT A GREAT TITLE FOR CLICKBAIT, BUT IT IS A GREAT TITLE TO LOOK LIKE A SMARTASS IN PUBLIC

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 17:30:57 +0000

Just a quick note to say that (just in time for Christmas) the book, Advanced Quantum Thermodynamics, is now available in a pocketbook version, which also happens to come with a new smart looking vintage cover. In case, you’ve forgotten, this is not about literature, it’s not even about thermodynamics (read the smaller font subtitle),…



WHY SOME PEOPLE MAKE THE WRONG DECISION AND OTHERS DON’T: AN ASSESSMENT OF ARITHMETIC AND GEOMETRIC PROJECTIONS OF THE FRIDAY-SUNDAY DIVIDE BEYOND THE MEHSPAIR CHASM WITH P-VALUES, χ2, AND LICORICE

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 16:45:08 +0000

ABSTRACT So it’s come to this. Another year has passed and another Candy Hierarchy survey has been completed. Check that. “Candy Hierarchy” is what yahoos call it, but to us, it’s a deep dive into the Friday/Sunday question that has blessed our species since caveman times. Caveman times. We’ve taken a look at the data, and frankly, we don’t like what we see. Maybe it’s not all bad. Maybe. Let’s start with the good. Remember last year when a couple of plucky scientists who had overcome obscure forms of childhood adversity before finding their footing in a ne’er do well…