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Can Scientists Dance?

Generally, no.  But some can.  Some are rather good at it.  A contest was reported in Science Magazine: The rules were simple: Using no words or images, interpret your Ph.D. thesis in dance form. Entrants were divided into three categories—graduate student, postdoc, and professor—and the prize for each was a year’s subscription to Science. The…

Goldmund Media Rooms

In the great role-playing game of life, I did not get very many audiophile points.  I mean, fine machinery is something I can appreciate, but I’m pretty indifferent to the sounds those machines make.   So it strikes me as remarkable that anyone would make, much less buy, a $300,000 turntable.  

How To Believe In God

Instantly!  This product gives you an immediate Save!  It’s like getting a thousand gold coins in Super Mario Brothers all at once! Doubters say it works via the placebo effect, but why not try it, if it could give you eternal life? (source)

Yale Open Courses

Yale University is following the trend, putting entire college courses on the Internet. As a member of the vast left-wing conspiracy, I object.   I object, because now, conservatives will be able to see what methods we use to brainwash college kids.  They will see how we get them to vote for Ralph Nader.  They…

A calendar celebrating the aesthetic qualities of marine invertebrates is available now at Dorid Designs, along with a full line of items relating to marine biology, evolution, paleontology, and rationalism.  She also has tons of Squidmas merchandise. Perhaps the whole Squidmas thing seems silly (it is…that’s the point!) but the calendar is just a nice,…

Buy Nothing Day

MTV is taking some heat for its refusal to broadcast an advertisment for Buy Nothing Day. MTV, the channel that markets itself to hip youth, has decreed that our Buy Nothing Day public service spot “goes further than we are willing to accept on our channels”. Gangsta rap and sexualized, semi-naked school girls are okay,…

Pecan Pie for Thanksgiving

We found a recipe for pecan pie that does not use corn syrup.  I would not try to argue that this confection is salubrious, mind you, but at least there is no corn syrup. Most pecan pie is so sweet that it is annoying.  That is unfortunate.  We are hopeful that this will not have…

The Great Escape

Video of Pandas cooperating so one can escape:

Errors in Texas Textbooks

The San Antonio Express-News reports that “Reviewers have found 109,263 errors in sample copies of math textbooks to be used next fall in Texas.” One second-grade math book, for example, has 4 plus 7 equaling 10. OK, anybody can make a mistake.  But at least own up to it.  Their explanation: Many of the math…

Try Before You Tat

Carl Zimmer has been documenting the results of various scientist’s impulses to have themselves inked with images related to science.  The phenomenon is something of an oddity, though, since scientists tend to be more on the contemplative side, as opposed to being impulsive.  Now, for those who would like to test their hypotheses before putting…