Category Archives: Science

Winter of our Disrespect

On a cold February morning recently I checked the Great Lakes Environmental Research site and found that only one of the Great Lakes had any waves on it. Superior, Erie, Huron, and Ontario were frozen solid. A small peanut of Lake Michigan … Continue reading

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Lose Weight…and your poop will glow in the dark too!

Sean Davies had a problem to solve: If you genetically modify enteric bacteria to make them more healthful, how can you quickly check to see if they’re happily growing away inside your experimental rat? The solution he chose could represent the … Continue reading

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Testicle Size in Parenting and Sexual Selection

Thanks goes to Laura Deming for pointing out another recent paper whose title, “Testicular volume is inversely correlated with nurturing-related brain activity in human fathers,” proved irresistible to PNAS, enabling them to overlook stunning intellectual flaws.  Problems include: Selection bias. Participants … Continue reading

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Science is Not Your Enemy

A labored defense of the practice of science – which we will define as scientism – was recently published under the title Science is Not Your Enemy by Stephen Pinker in New Republic magazine. A much more lighthearted approach by Tim Minchin … Continue reading

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Break a Sweat

Salt is one of the most ancient things of value to man, as a moment’s reflection on the origins of words – like salary (something worth working for) quickly brings to mind. Roman soldiers were paid in salt, not silver. … Continue reading

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