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2015-03-27 Major publisher retracts 43 scientific papers
There are shady outfits that get papers published by arranging fake peer reviews. Sometimes they even write the paper.
2015-03-27 Rice chemistry manipulation
Rice can be rendered healthier by adding oil during cooking and cooling when done. This converts some of the digestible starch to a resistant starch.
2015-03-22 Planetarium Invaded and Occupied by Galactic Empire
It was a grueling ordeal at the Arlington Planetarium yesterday.
2015-03-18 Science Fiction Weekend at the Arlington Planetarium
MST3000, movies, SF quiz, SF authors — the place to be in Northern Virginia this weekend for science fiction fans.
2015-03-16 Lain, the Whom of the Verb World
Very useful article on the three most confusing verbs in the English language.
2015-03-16 An Open letter to Niqab-Supporting Western Media
Recommended reading. See also.
2015-03-12 AT&T Charging Customers to Not Spy on Them
It’s disturbing that what they’re charging not to do is actually legal.
2015-03-06 Sciencey Places for the Family in the DC Area
Check out p. 50 of the current (March, the “Kids Issue”) Northern Virginia Magazine for my guide to local spots to take your children, or yourself, for some science action. When one more trip to the Air & Space museum on the Mall just isn’t going to cut it.
2015-03-05 Guess the Religion
... and no cheating by using Google.
2015-03-05 NASA Ames Reproduces the Building Blocks of Life in Laboratory
“NASA scientists studying the origin of life have reproduced uracil, cytosine, and thymine, three key components of our hereditary material, in the laboratory. They discovered that an ice sample containing pyrimidine exposed to ultraviolet radiation under space-like conditions produces these essential ingredients of life.”
2015-03-05 Why racism is not backed by science
The persistent popular belief in human “races” has no support in genetics.
2015-03-04 Why does the media have a blindspot on food science?
“Recent claims about the safety of certain supermarket foods highlights the lack of awareness that the media has when it comes to food science.”
2015-03-04 What do doctors say to 'alternative therapists' when a patient dies?
An insightful article about the ravages of “alternative” “medicine”.
2015-02-26 Psychology Journal Bans Significance Testing
The war against p-values is heating up.
2015-02-23 Reference Tagger
“Take an arbitrary unstructured academic citation (e.g copy-pasted from a paper), and automatically parse and format it into a BibTeX record.” I need something like this.
2015-02-21 Alien star system buzzed the Sun
70,000 years ago a dwarf star passed through the Oort cloud.
2015-02-21 Visualizing Twitter Connections with D3 and ClojureScript
Case study for importing and using a javascript library. His example output is live: you can rearrange the graph with the mouse.
2015-02-21 A New Virus!
And another reason to fear ticks.
2015-02-13 Lazy Physics (and Clojure)
Processing time series data from particle physics experiments using Clojure’s lazy sequences.
2015-02-13 Interstellar's true black hole too confusing
The calculated appearance of the accretion disc was significantly altered for the movie.
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