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Santa’s laboratory

A year or two ago in Washington, DC, I saw this charming series of windows in the downtown Macy’s. It’s a technical makeover of the traditional Santa’s workshop, complete with pseudoscientific mumbo-jumbo like “Through Synchronous Siphonization, Gigglium added in 2:1 ratio to Teeheelium,” “Octopusilex arms begin extension/contraction/reaction sequence,” and “Once outspoutified, capillary action introduces .43…

Voss-Andreae is therefore either brave or foolhardy to try to represent quantum phenomena tangibly. Perhaps his greatest asset as a former physicist is that he realizes how much we don’t know. In some of his works, the inverted commas of analogy are explicit to the knowing eye. Quantum Corral (pictured) materializes something that could hardly…

Since I posted last night, DrugMonkey, Dr. Free-Ride, and the Intersection have also checked in with their POVs on this issue. I particularly liked this comment from Dr. Free-Ride: We get to foot the bill for the effects of other people’s “moral failings” here as it is. Why, then, should it be so objectionable to…

My mom, like millions of others in the U.S., has been a smoker for decades. She’s tried to quit a few times, but it’s been hard for her. The thing that’s helped the most so far? The nicotine patch. While the patch is not a universal cure – see the Mayo Clinic’s analysis here –…

One of the coolest, weirdest, worlds-colliding Day of the Dead artworks I’ve ever seen is this sculpture of a skeletal Teddy Kennedy. He’s at a podium, open-jawed (no doubt haranguing other late Senators), accompanied by a skeletal dog. The paper in his hand says “Health Care: The Cause of My Life.” I realize this is…

Weekend Updates

From the NIDA media guide Jared Diamond and the New Yorker’s parent company have denied all charges in the “Vengeance is Ours” scandal:” The defendants’ attorneys listed 34 reasons, called “affirmative defenses,” why they should prevail in the lawsuit. Among them are the contentions that the plaintiffs were not defamed and had not suffered any…

The initial reviews of Chris Mooney and Sheril Kirshenbaum’s new book Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens our Future produced a small blogospheric kerfuffle last month. But I think Unscientific America has much more constructive and useful things to offer than provoking more arguments, and there are a lot of reviews focusing on the positives.…

The Bipartisan Policy Center‘s Science for Policy Project, co-chaired by former Rep. Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY), past chair of the House Science Committee, and Donald Kennedy, former editor of Science, and directed by David Goldston, former chief of staff of the House Science Committee, released its report today. The report focuses on the need to draw…

Wow. Here’s another inexcusable case of bad science journalism – one that clearly has political motives. This is the lede from a story by Amanda Carpenter in this morning’s Washington Times: President Obama’s top science adviser has toyed with extreme measures of population control, even suggesting in one book how to make it more publicly…

Kurt Peterson Artomatic just wouldn’t be complete without a sinister cephalopod, and luckily Kurt Peterson stepped up to make it happen. At least I think that’s a cephalopod. Unfortunately, Peterson’s another one of these off-the-grid, website-free artists, but you can read a little about him at his Artomatic user page.