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Archives for January, 2008

When we first moved to the small suburban town we still live in, we quickly realized we needed to buy a second car. Nora and Jim were just one and two and a half years old, only barely beginning to understand language. After we made our purchase, sometimes we drove in the old car (a…

Introducing ResearchBlogging.org

I’m pleased to announce a new site that allows bloggers to not only show when they’re blogging about peer-reviewed research, but also to share that work with readers and bloggers around the world. ResearchBlogging.org doesn’t just enable you to mark posts with our icon, it also collects those posts in one central location. Readers can…

I’m posting this live from my presentation at the Science Blogging conference. My session is entitled “How to build interactivity into your blog,” and this post offers some links that I discuss in the presentation. Polling services Blog Flux polls Quimble Survey web sites Question Pro Survey Monkey Survey Gizmo Reviews of polling and survey…

I’m at the North Carolina Science Blogging Conference this weekend, and I wasn’t planning on doing a Casual Friday this week. But Virginia Hughes gave me an idea for a really quick one. What state boasts the most-frequent buffet-style restaurant diners? Click here to respond This survey has a mere two questions, and you have…

Take a look at this slideshow (QuickTime required). You’ll first see a photo in perfect focus. Then 12 more pictures will flash by, each of them blurred using Photoshop. Finally, the original photo will appear again. Is it the same as before, or slightly blurrier or sharper? I’ll give the answer after a few readers…

At least once or twice a week at dinnertime, our family has what we call a “harmony meal.” Jim and Nora are good eaters with broad tastes, but they both (along with me and Greta) also have some foods they don’t like. A harmony meal is a meal where everyone in the family likes every…

I was a little surprised by an offhand observation Thomas Schubert made in a recent research report. He claimed that while men will commonly make a fist to celebrate a goal in a soccer match or a home run in baseball, it’s unusual for women to do so. I’m sure I’ve seen both female athletes…

Last week we asked our readers about New Years’ resolutions. We said we wanted to know whether resolutions made on New Years’ Day were any more effective than commitments made at other times of the year. We are interested in that question, but we didn’t tell you about the question that interested us the most:…

More on whether a name is destiny

There was a lot of buzz online a couple months back when an article entitled “Moniker Maladies” made what seemed to many to be a startling claim: Baseball players strike out more often when their names start with “K”; Students with the initials “C” and “D” get worse grades than others. Actually, this effect, known…

Correction

A reader pointed out to me that Schultze’s 1978 study did not find a bias to hear a fast tempo as speeding up and slow tempo as slowing down. In fact, Schultze found that we were remarkably accurate at detecting tempo changes. So we do replicate Schultze! A misreading on my part of Quinn and…