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The Physics of an Inclined Treadmill

A bad day for your ego is a great day for your soul. -Jillian Michaels One of the most popular exercises at the gym is the treadmill. And why wouldn’t it be? Whether you’re running or walking, it’s a great way to get your heart rate up, get your body moving, and for many people,…

Weekend Diversion: Fitness Challenge!

Darn it! I’m sick and tired of being a scarecrow! Charles Atlas says he can give me a real body. All right! I’ll gamble a stamp and get his free book! -Countless Magazine and Comic Book Ads Last weekend, Abbie over at ERV proclaimed herself the fittest person on Scienceblogs, and one of my readers…

How overpopulated are we?

…we spend paltry sums for population planning, even though its spontaneous growth is an urgent threat to life on our planet. There is no human circumstance more tragic than the persisting existence of a harmful condition for which a remedy is readily available. Family planning, to relate population to world resources, is possible, practical and…

The Wall Street Journal has just reported that over 1,000 people in the Americas, according to data released by the World Health Organization, have died from the Swine Flu. They seem to think you should be alarmed. The global A/H1N1 swine flu pandemic has claimed 1,154 lives since the outbreak was identified in April, data…

We’ve got a lot going on here in America these days, with towering unemployment, a dying manufacturing industry, huge environmental problems, and the tense fight for all sorts of rights and freedoms, such as GLBT equality and abortion rights. But there are two things that I’d like to remind you of this weekend. First off,…

The Physics of Hot Pockets!

When I was a teenager, my choice of food was basically determined by three criteria: It needed to be ready in under 10 minutes. It needed to have enough calories to make me not hungry anymore. And it needed to be (marginally) edible. That was really it. And so it won’t surprise you to know…

Rather than a real song this week, I instead point you to an internet classic, inspired by those Wilford Brimley commercials you see during The Price is Right. Yes, I watch The Price is Right when I can, and hence I know all about important products like Fibercon, the Scooter Store, Depends, and, of course,…

Last week, I wrote a little article trying to get people to calm down about the swine flu. Yes, it will get you sick, yes, it’s contagious, and yes, if you get it you should seek medical attention. But as of today, the CDC has only three cases of swine flu in my state, and…