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How Do You Get Better Science in TV And Movies? You Have to SEE.

Oh, do I love science fiction on TV and in the movies. I’m grooving on The Expanse, 12 Monkeys, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and more. The science in a lot of these productions may not be perfect, but it’s pretty dang good. Certainly way better than it was even a few years ago. A big reason for that is SEE: the Science and Entertainment Exchange. Show More Summary

Another Good Show by Wessex Archaeology!

Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Society Conference, Devizes (Saturday 16 April) Over 200 people filled the Corn Exchange – an ideal venue ? to hear an excellent range of talks covering archaeological work in the county over the past year. Show More Summary

Grading Trudeau on quantum computing

The emails starting hitting me like … a hail of maple syrup from the icy north.  Had I seen the news?  Justin Trudeau, the dreamy young Prime Minister of Canada, visited the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, one of my favorite old haunts.  At a news conference at PI, with a math-filled blackboard […]

Rhetorical reviews

Negative reviews of Donald Trump's rhetorical style are all over the place. A small sample might start with Gary Schmidgall, "What would Shakespeare make of Trump?", The Chronicle Review 2/7/2016: The current campaign’s race to the bottom of the rhetorical barrel, of course, has been led by Donald Trump. Did you know "trumpery" was Shakespeare’s […]

Physics Week in Review: April 16, 2013

Excitement mounts over a possible new particle, 72 hours of science yields insight into how good things spread, and the unveiling of a new mission to build an interstellar probe from billionaire Yuri Milner and Stephen Hawking were among this...

If Hillary Clinton is running for Obama’s ‘third term,’ she faces these challenges

So it looks as if Hillary Clinton is on her way to winning the Democratic presidential nomination. Despite speed bumps, her efforts to position herself as President Obama’s heir apparent seem to be paying off. That brings with it some challenges, which we can study in the presidencies of two previous “heirs”: George H.W. Bush, […]

Interview and podcast with me, about on-line education

By Jeff Young at the Chronicle, here is one excerpt: Jeff Young: …I asked Cowen what has surprised him most as his effort has evolved. Tyler Cowen: I wouldn’t quite call it a surprise, but I’ve been consistently impressed over the last...Show More Summary

Cherie Berry put her picture in every North Carolina elevator. Here’s how that affected her reelection.

It’s hardly surprising when an incumbent uses political advertising to raise his or her reelection prospects. But here’s what is surprising: a claim that advertising in elevators delivered this lift. And yet that’s exactly how North Carolina Commissioner of Labor Cherie Berry may have brought her electoral prospects to new heights. Berry’s the commissioner of […]

Observer’s report on the Ig Nobel show in Lausanne

The Why How How blog published this report about the recent Ig Nobel show at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland. We re-publish it here with permission — machine-translated from the original French: Ig Nobel Award Tour Show  As some still do not know the famous  Ig Nobel Prize. Their founder Marc Abrahams travels the world to present this institution. […]

William Lane Craig Responds to David Bentley Hart and Edward Feser

A tip of the hat to Karl White for alerting me to this YouTube video that runs about 20 minutes. Professor Craig explains, with characteristic lucidity, why he does not accept the doctrine of divine simplicity and its entailments. See...

Various and Sundry

Some quick links: Via my Columbia colleague at Mathematics Without Apologies, a documentary about Perelman that I was unaware of. I learned something yesterday about another math department colleague, Mikhail Khovanov: he has games called Ringsanity and Ringiana available as … Continue reading ?

What Will Make Interstellar Space Travel a Reality?

In 1929, a young engineer named Eugen Sänger was living in Vienna and thinking about rockets. In particular, he wondered about using particles of light as spacecraft propellant. A rocket powered by photons, he reasoned, would be extremely fast. Show More Summary

Calls to “Do More” in the South China Sea Miss Bigger Questions

The territorial dispute between China and multiple Southeast Asian countries in the South China Sea (SCS) is the most pressing geopolitical issue in U.S.-China relations. The United States has responded to Chinese island building by increasing its military presence around the SCS and coordinating with friendly countries. Show More Summary

You Think It’s Great, but It’s Probably Just Familiar

Despite the maxim about familiarity breeding contempt, we usually like what’s familiar.  With music for example, familiarity breeds hits in the short run and nostalgia in the long run. The trouble is that it’s tempting to attribute our liking to the inherent quality of the thing rather than its familiarity.  With movies, film buffs may […]

Adventures in Podcasting: Kim Stanley Robinson and Archaeological Science Fiction

This is a really good podcast. We were lucky enough to have a chance to sit down with Kim Stanley Robinson at this years University of North Dakota Writers Conference. For those of you who don’t know, Kim Stanley Robinson is among the most decorated, recognized, and respected science fiction writers in the world right… Read More ?

Ten Sociological Metaphors and Paradoxes

By Jonathan Wynn A few years ago, as a graduate student I was talking with an older sociologist who was cranky about how qualitative research was "too cute" in its lyrical presentation of data. I asked further about what that...

Lung ultrasound may be a safe substitute for chest X-ray when diagnosing pneumonia in children

Lung ultrasound has been shown to be highly effective and safe for diagnosing pneumonia in children and a potential substitute for chest X-ray, according to a study conducted at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Results are...Show More Summary

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