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The Fat Lady Sings for OPERA

“The saying ‘It’s not over ’til the fat lady sings’ is erroneous, because women who are fat are never listened to.” –Margaret Cho Last year, the OPERA collaboration made worldwide headlines when they announced the results of a remarkable experiment. From over 730 kilometers away, in another country, neutrinos were created by one of the…

Are You Being Honest With Yourself?

“Be careful. People like to be told what they already know. Remember that. They get uncomfortable when you tell them new things. New things…well, new things aren’t what they expect. They like to know that, say, a dog will bite a man. That is what dogs do. They don’t want to know that man bites…

“Every year I teach dozens of students at the University of Birmingham. Most of the students on the gender and sexuality courses are women. I guess this is because the boys don’t think that gender applies to them: that it’s a subject for girls.” –Louise Brown You know the stereotype, perpetrated throughout the United States…

Exposing a Climate Science Fraud

“After all, facts are facts, and although we may quote one to another with a chuckle the words of the Wise Statesman, ‘Lies – damned lies – and statistics,’ still there are some easy figures the simplest must understand, and the astutest cannot wriggle out of.” –Leonard Courtney, 1895 “The first and worst of all…

“A constant struggle, a ceaseless battle to bring success from inhospitable surroundings, is the price of all great achievements.” –Orison Swett Marden One of the greatest assumptions we make in our study of the laws of nature is, well, that they’re laws of nature, not particularly special to where or when we happen to be…

The Heavy Metal Universe!

“They credited us with the birth of that sort of heavy metal thing. Well, if that’s the case, there should be an immediate abortion.” –Ginger Baker As hard as it may be to believe, take a look outside. I don’t mean a glance, I mean to take a real look. At all the things there…

Game Over for Faster-Than-Light Neutrinos?

“If my theory of relativity is proven successful, Germany will claim me as a German and France will declare that I am a citizen of the world. Should my theory prove untrue, France will say that I am a German and Germany will declare that I am a Jew.” –Albert Einstein One of the most…

Big Bang Alternatives, anyone?

[The Big Bang] is an irrational process that cannot be described in scientific terms … [nor] challenged by an appeal to observation. –Fred Hoyle Contrary to popular public opinion, the Big Bang is one of the most sound, well-tested and verified scientific models of all time. It’s right up there with Evolution, General Relativity, and…

Is the Universe a Giant Hologram?

Note: I’m on vacation this week, so here’s one from the vault. This article first appeared on my old website, back in February of 2009. Some days the questions I get are easy, and some days I get questions from our longtime reader, Ben. This past week, there have been reports all over the news…

Is String Theory an Unphysical Pile of Garbage?

Before you ask yourself, “what kind of incendiary title is that,” let me put this in perspective. In 2001, I started graduate school at the University of Florida, and in 2002, I took one of the most difficult year-long courses a physics student can take: Quantum Field Theory. This was both the best and worst…