Know your internet laws.

There will be a quiz. Internet rules and laws: the top 10, from Godwin to Poe Poe’s Law is a beloved old friend of mine, as is Godwin’s Law. Double points if you can mix the two. Funny enough, when I run in to Poe’s Law material, I automatically assume that anything that ridiculous must ...

Gotten punched in the arm lately?

I got my seasonal flu jab (as the fiance would say it) yesterday afternoon, and I do indeed feel like I got punched in the arm, even after taking the precaution of getting the shot in my right arm. (Since I’m right handed, I was hoping that would help me work out that “punched in ...

Two interesting science bits for today.

Presidential election outcome changed voters’ testosterone – people are getting an immature giggle out of this one, since it just begs for jokes about Obama unmanning the opposition. I think it’s more an interesting look at the effects of perceived defeat, rather than a chance to meditate on how Obama is a psychologically castrating force ...

A Home-Grown Hoax

I figure most people are already familiar with the entire “Balloon Boy” incident that happened in Colorado six days ago. But just in case, a quick recap: A Colorado family, apparently famous for having been on the reality TV show “Wife Swap” claimed that their six-year-old son, Falcon Heene, had somehow climbed in to an ...

Cloudy with a chance of rhyolite.

A Planet Where It “Rains” Rocks Perhaps because they were cooked off, COROT-7b’s atmosphere has none of the volatile elements or compounds that make up Earth’s atmosphere, such as water, nitrogen and carbon dioxide. “The only atmosphere this object has is produced from vapor arising from hot molten silicates in a lava lake or lava ...

Fear and Panic, Panic and Fear

Scientists try to calm ‘2012’ hysteria An Epidemic of Fear: How Panicked Parents Skipping Shots Endangers Us All It all boils down to people being afraid of something that they needn’t be afraid of, and other people getting fat off of it. The 2012 panic isn’t as bad as the anti-vaccination movement; it’s not going ...

Tying the knot

Melissa Harris-Lacewell reflects on marriage. I really respect MHL, and this article made me respect her even more. I was strongly on the side of marriage equality before I was ever in a committed relationship. I canvassed for Referendum i in Colorado, and was incredibly upset when it failed and the gay marriage ban amendment ...

Cell phone + driving = BAD

Dr. Novella writes about a study by Ira Hyman et al. This was the most interesting bit of what Dr. Novella had to say: What this all might mean is that there is something about talking on a cell phone that is particularly demanding of our attention – more so than listening to music or ...

About time those furry little bums get real jobs.

Cat registered as hypnotherapist So a cat in the UK and another in the US have been accredited by professional hypnotherapist organizations. Some might say that this is a worrying sign of just how laughable and lax these organizations are, which casts serious aspersions on a field already plagued by serious questions regarding its validity. ...

Here Comes Science!

I’ll admit it; I actually haven’t listened to They might Be Giants in quite a long time, probably not since high school. I originally got turned on to their music because I watched Tiny Toon Adventures (and I am not ashamed!) and there was an episode of it that was just animated music videos to ...