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Exploring the Myths of “Settled Science”

David Talbott’s recent talk at the annual meeting of the Natural Philosophy Alliance, University of Maryland, July 10-13, 2013. Is it possible that the foundational assumptions of the theoretical sciences all express a common misunderstanding—the idea that gravity alone, seen through the lens of general relativity, rules the cosmos? From cosmology, the “queen of the…

New studies: ‘Conspiracy theorists’ sane; government dupes crazy

Recent studies by psychologists and social scientists in the US and UK suggest that contrary to mainstream media stereotypes, those labeled “conspiracy theorists” appear to be saner than those who accept the official versions of contested events. The most recent study was published on July 8th by psychologists Michael J. Wood and Karen M. Douglas…

Concepts and implications of altruism bias and pathological altruism

The profound benefits of altruism in modern society are self-evident. However, the potential hurtful aspects of altruism have gone largely unrecognized in scientific inquiry. This is despite the fact that virtually all forms of altruism are associated with tradeoffs—some of enormous importance and sensitivity—and notwithstanding that examples of pathologies of altruism abound. Presented here are…

Wi-Fi in your home can track your moves like Xbox Kinect

Want to switch off the living room lights from bed, change channels while washing dishes, or turn the heat up from the couch? A team at the University of Washington has rigged a standard Wi-Fi home network to detect your movements anywhere in the home and convert them into commands to control connected devices. Gesture…

Zerocoin Add-on For Bitcoin Makes It Anonymous And Untraceable

Many users of the crypto-currency Bitcoin see it as the first fully anonymous and untraceable currency. It’s not. But with the addition of a clever piece of code called Zerocoin, it could still fulfill that dream of truly private payments. Zerocoin, the work of a group of cryptographers at John Hopkins University who plan to…

Government Confirms That Marijuana Prevents Or Cures Certain Cancers

Referring to the NCI report, Patient Rights attorney Matthew Pappas said, “The Federal government’s continuing attack on people prescribed medical cannabis by their doctors is hypocritical considering the benefits reported by its own National Cancer Institute.” Pappas represents patients in defending their right to reasonably obtain medical marijuana. The patients contend the Federal government and…

Faster-Than-Light Neutrinos Definitely Not a Statistical Blunder

Last week, when scientists at CERN published evidence that some particles may be able to travel faster than light, the scientific world was taken aback. Criticism poured in, with many physicists dismissing the results as “hard to believe,” “simply wrong,” and an “embarrassing gaffe.” Now one of those early critics is saying he’s the one…

After weight-loss surgery, new gut bacteria keep obesity away

A study of lab mice, published on Wednesday, begs to differ. It concludes that one of the most common and effective forms of bariatric surgery, called Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, melts away pounds not – or not only – by re-routing the digestive tract, as long thought, but by changing the bacteria in the gut. Tags:…

Lord Monckton evicted from UN climate summit

LOL – this is classic: After the news conference, and as diplomats gathered for the climate conference president’s assessment of how close countries are to agreement, Monckton quietly slipped into the seat reserved for the delegation of Myanmar and clicked the button to speak. “In the 16 years we have been coming to these conferences,…