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Sunday Starlinks

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

Manipulating science reporting is not cool.  Apparently the study of genetically modified food giving rats tumors is fatally flawed and biased.  This kind of underhanded thing can work, but it can also backfire.  Now I’ll be suspicious of studies reaching conclusions about the health risks of GMOs.  Here’s another article about the bad science being […]

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Klingon Style (video)

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Busy, stressful week.  Going to kick it Klingon Style this weekend though:   Share/Bookmark

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Don’t Settle!

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Too many people float through life without taking control of their own path.  It’s hard to take control, but it’s possible.  If you can figure out what you want, you can empower yourself to make it happen. Some things are out of reach for most of us.  I don’t have a snowball’s chance in hell […]

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SCIENCE TOPPLED!? I think not…

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

I get email from cranks several times a year, with bold subject lines like “SCIENCE TOPPLED!”  That one from this week comes from one Ramesh Varma and you can see the claim if you follow the link.  Basically he’s claiming that a planet’s atmospheric pressure depends on its density (as well as its distance from […]

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Very Late Sunday Night Starlinks

Monday, September 24th, 2012

With the starship conference going on, some starship stories.  What they look like (based on science and science fiction).  Sustainable starships, with the emphasis on the biology (reminiscent of Star Dragon, if I say so). I don’t know if there’s any backstory to this, but sounds like Russia sucks, arresting scientists for doing their job.  […]

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Hobbit Day

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

Hobbit Day is today, September 22, the fictional birthdays of Bilbo and Frodo. I read both Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit in 5th grade, back in the 1970s.  I wrote a review of animated TV adaptation of The Hobbit for a school newspaper project that year as well, and some jealous asshole kid […]

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The Other Side of Imagination

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Einstein wrote: “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” I often see that quote held up not by scientists, of whom Einstein was one, but by folks who don’t […]

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What If Science Fiction Actually Involved Science?

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

The reason we’ve probably never seen a dramatic TV series involving scientists in the tradition of ER or CSI or Newsroom is that the actual work is usual tedious, boring to most non-experts, with low stakes most of the time (cancer doesn’t get cured every week, or even nearly cured).  This is also the reason […]

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Living in the Future Feels Like Living in the Present

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

About 10-12 years ago, I had lunch with an old friend of mine who is a smart guy with degrees in astronomy, law, and has also sold stories to Analog, among other places.  During our discussion, he proposed that things hadn’t fundamentally changed all that much since we’d grown up in the 1970s and 1980s.  […]

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Sunday Starlinks

Sunday, September 16th, 2012

Got a big pile today, some of them a little stale by internet standards, but super awesome! Is Obama more Klingon or Vulcan, and Captain Worf.  At first I was like Vulcan!  But then I reconsidered.  I want to see a mixed Vulcan-Klingon character in a future Star Trek movie.  And I think the link […]

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What are the Best Science Fiction Mysteries?

Friday, September 14th, 2012

I’ve read and watched some good ones, but I’m sure I don’t know this interesting subfield as well as I should to be able to come up with a comprehensive list.  Let me list some that I think are good to great, and solicit input from others about some that I may have missed.  I’ve […]

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Science and Science Fiction Epiphanies

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

I’ve been reading a book called Epiphanies that is about, well, epiphanies people have had.  One epiphany I had while reading it is that collecting stories from other people and making them into a book must be easier in some ways than actually writing a book yourself, and pays just as well if not better […]

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