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Sigh. Here we go again. Robert De Niro is letting his antivaccine freak flag fly again, this time even higher than usual, by revealing that in the wake of the antivaccine debacle at his Tribeca Film Festival he is going to make his very own documentary about vaccines. It’s the continuation of a process that,…

I may not blog as much as I used to, but I do still sometimes put myself out there. I just did a podcast with Jim Stein, posted over at the New Books Network. Jim is professor of mathematics at California State University at Long Beach. The conversation was about the book I coedited with…

“Love doesn’t make the world go ’round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” -Franklin P. Jones It’s been such a busy time here at Starts With A Bang that we’re a day late bringing you last week’s recap! And we’ve got to get rocking on it, because there’s so much coming up to consider as well!…

Sunday Chess Problem

Yes, I know it’s Monday. But it’s still Sunday Chess Problem. Deal with it. One more from the files of Milan Vukcevich for you. This problem was published in 1994 and calls for selfmate in five: Recall that in a selfmate, white plays first and tries to force black to give mate in no more…

Last summer, 25-year-old Roendy Granillo died of heat stroke while he installed flooring in a house in Melissa, Texas, just north of Dallas. His tragic and entirely preventable death marked a turning point in advocacy efforts to pass a rest break ordinance for local construction workers.

The Democratic National Convention Committee has announced who will be on the all important Platform Drafting Committee. The committee will include an impressive mix of Clinton and Sanders supporters, as well as a key member associated with climate change activism. The committee is assembled by the CND Chair, who this time around is Debbie Wasserman…

Say no to Brexit

This indecision’s bugging me (Esta indecision me molesta) If you don’t want me set me free (Si no quieres librame) Exactly who I’m supposed to be (Digame que tengo ser) Don’t you know witch clothes even fits me? (Sabes bruja ropa me queda) Come on and let me know (Me tienes que decir) Should I…

“The first amazing fact about gravitation is that the ratio of inertial mass to gravitational mass is constant wherever we have checked it. The second amazing thing about gravitation is how weak it is.” -Richard Feynman One of the strangest, most novel predictions of Einstein’s relativity is that mass would not only curve space, but…

May Pieces Of My Mind #2

My selective breeding programme for a future master race is producing good results. Jrette just beat her entire class (admittedly, a class selected for musical ability) at the national maths test. Meanwhile her brother is using seven programming languages while his classmates are learning one. Have you heard Clint Eisteddfod’s new album, Good, Bad and…

Over the years, I’ve taken care of women with locally advanced breast cancer so advanced that it’s eroded through the skin, forming huge, nasty ulcers filled with stinky dead cancer tissue that’s outgrown its blood supply, leaving the patient in chronic pain. If the patient is fortunate, her cancer has not metastasized beyond her axillary…

I’ve had this piece by Rick Borchelt on “science literacy” and this one by Paige Brown Jarreau on “echo chambers” open in tabs for… months. I keep them around because I have thoughts on the general subject, but I keep not writing them up because I suspect that what I want to say won’t be…

As you know, I’ve been running a model to predict the outcomes of upcoming Democratic Primary contests. The model has change over time, as described below, but has always been pretty accurate. Here, I present the final, last, ultimate version of the model, covering the final contests coming up in June. Why predict primaries and…

“When you get just a complete sense of blackness or void ahead of you, that somehow the future looks an impossible place to be, and the direction you are going seems to have no purpose, there is this word despair which is a very awful thing to feel.” -Stephen Fry Perhaps the most fundamental difference…

A whole bunch of physics posts over at Forbes so far this month: —Recent Physics Books: Gravitational Waves and Brief Lessons: Short reviews of Janna Levin’s Black Hole Blues and Carlo Rovelli’s Seven Brief Lessons on Physics. —The Real Reasons Quantum Entanglement Doesn’t Allow Faster-Than-Light Communication: Expanding on and correcting some stuff I didn’t like…

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