2014-03-08 Mutual Recursion in Government Investigations
Congressional investigators investigating the CIA become
targets of CIA investigation into their unauthorized access to files;
Congress is investigating the CIA investigation into their
investigators; the story is ongoing.
2014-02-26 When is it stealing?
Yet another business based on copy-and-paste, this time with a
twist. By Scott Hanselman.
2014-02-16 Geographic variation of human gut microbes tied to obesity
Gut flora research and its effects on human health seems to be
flourishing. The study reported here makes a connection between
the advantages inherent in having more body fat in colder latitudes
and the geographic distribution of gut microbes.
2014-02-15 Critique of Recent NIF Coverage
Charlie Petit provides an overview and brief individual
critiques of the coverage provided by various news outlets as they
grapple with the recent hype from
the National Ignition Facility. I haven’t seen, here or in any of the
press, any notice of the fact that only two shots have met
this particular definition of “break even,” and one of those by just
2014-02-15 The Shroud of Turin, pseudoscience, and journalism
“The Shroud of Turin story brings up all the usual issues about
click-bait journalism and our current struggle for survival in a highly
disrupted news industry. Here’s a basic rule I’d suggest:
“The clicks don’t count if the story is wrong.”
2014-02-11 More Christian Child Abuse
Public school children in Sabine Parish, LA, are denied an
education and forced to endure Christian indoctrination instead.
2014-02-10 Return to Dead Mountain
This story about the mysterious deaths of campers 55 years ago
in northern Russia is really a story about fluid dynamics, starring the
Kármán vortex street.
2014-02-08 Less Fewers
M.H. Forsyth writes the definitive post-mortem of the supposed
rules governing less and fewer.
2014-02-06 2013 Visualization Challenge
“Science and the National Science Foundation present
the winners of the 2013 International Science and Engineering
2014-02-04 Wired article about the Julia language
There is growing excitement about this fairly new language in
scientific computing circles and elsewhere. It’s nice to see some
high-profile coverage in an article that traces its origins and potential. (Not everyone
is happy with this article.)
2014-01-31 The Giant Spider of Mercury
Beautiful, detailed images of the planet closest to the Sun,
courtesy of the MESSENGER