Archives for October 5, 2011

I’ll be interviewing Don on the radio in the AM, then, later that day: Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011, 1:30 p.m. Party Room of Larpenteur Estates 1276 Larpenteur Ave. W. St. Paul, MN 55113 (Park in the back of the apartment complex and go to the gap between buildings near the east end. Signs will point…

Steve Jobs has died

He was 56, and just recently stepped down from his position at the helm of Apple.

Which SSD Should I Get For My Laptop?

This is important if you are considering that choice:

Here be Monsters

Did you know that the British scientific journal Nature publishes a section, called Futures, edited by Henry Gee, which presents a short science fiction story every issue? Well, if you go to this week’s Futures in Nature, which is available on line (and not behinda firewall) you will see something special. I’m not going tell…

As a result of our last posting on Fukushima, we had a discussion initiated by commenter Daedelus2u about radioactive istopes of Cesium becoming concentrated in fish. I thought I’d take this opportunity to expand on that discussion a little. This relates to the possibility that radioactive elements spilled or spewed from a nuclear reactor site…

Ben Goldacre: Battling bad science

Every day there are news reports of new health advice, but how can you know if they’re right? Doctor and epidemiologist Ben Goldacre shows us, at high speed, the ways evidence can be distorted, from the blindingly obvious nutrition claims to the very subtle tricks of the pharmaceutical industry.

The finding for which this year’s Chemistry Nobel was awarded earlier today was sufficiently unexpected and counter to the orthodoxy of the time that today’s prize winner was tossed out of his own research group for reporting it. His 1982 discovery has to do with how atoms are organized in solid matter, and is based…