August 11th, 2013
Over at Amazing Stories, Steve Davidson has compiled a list of astronomy websites you should check out. Not a lot of surprises, but a solid list.
I have my own list over there of ten pieces of evidence we’re living in a science fiction future.
The AP retracts its “north pole lake” photo. A shame. Got to get this stuff right. Now the deniers have a piece of evidence to support conspiracy theories they didn’t need to have. They’re still full of crap and don’t understand science, however. Watching Fox News makes the problem worse.
And on the other side, some bad reporting about made-up dangers associated with GMOs. Whatever your political perspective, don’t swallow crap science or crap science reporting.
Some advice about where to study physics, and how to identify the next Einstein. It’s funny, because I don’t fully agree with the criteria of the first article because I’d have different criteria, but I do agree with the criticisms of the standard metrics in the second article. In general let me say that while publications and citations correlate with productivity and quality, they are not always accurate measures of them.
I liked this article suggesting five simple emails to improve your life. I think these will work. I should send them myself.
John Oliver demolishes Discovery Channel for Sharknado of controversy. They deserve it.
Why so serious? A serious look at the Joker’s “magic trick.” This appeals to me in a bad, literal way.
An article about Breaking Bad’s science adviser. I will be watching the final episodes starting tonight.
Dr. Who still a white guy. I’m fine with that as long as the acting/character is still great and the show, too. Personally I’m not wild about politics or the demands of special interest groups overly influencing creators who have their own vision to pursue. Critics should start their own shows. Back in my day, I had to stay up late on Sunday nights to watch Dr. Who on PBS, and I liked it just fine! One old white Doctor would regenerate into another old white Doctor, and that’s how it was and we liked it. Get off my Tardis, you young whippersnappers!
A warning to college profs from a high school teacher. This concerns me. Basically an accounting of how teaching to standardized tests is leading to worse educational outcomes and worse college prep. And, what should science students expect from their advisers? This concerns me, too.
Do dark matter planets exist? They do in Spider Star!
Contact with aliens? Consider before you call. Seth Shostak gets worse cranks than me.
All the asteroids that could potentially end the world. Cool picture.
Finally, be skeptical of psychics. They’re just exploiting you via cold reading…or worse.
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