Monthly Archives: November 2015

Crapification: The National Geographic Edition

Or, more accurately, here’s the latest cover in the Rupert Murdoch era: Maybe they’ll start running pictures of topless women on page 3?

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Cruz, Paul, and Rubio Think Making It Easier To Buy a Gun In D.C. Will Make Us Safer

It will probably do wonders for the tourism bidness as well (boldface mine): The three leading senators pursuing the Republican presidential nomination — Ted Cruz (Tex.), Rand Paul (Ky.) and Marco Rubio (Fla.) — have clashed recently on foreign policy … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Links

Gut Yontif! Let’s celebrate with some links. Science: Evolution Is Finally Winning Out Over Creationism: A majority of young people endorse the scientific explanation of how humans evolved (I think this is a follow-on effect of a shift away from … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving

Observed on 16th Street NW, between Corcoran and Q, Dupont Circle, D.C.:

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Remaking Memento?

I’m genuinely confused how this is going to work as a plot: Memento, Christopher Nolan’s 2000 breakout thriller, is getting remade… Memento starred Guy Pearce as a man who is tracking down his wife’s killer but suffers from a unique … Continue reading

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Links 11/25/15

Links for you. Science: A Once Powerful Antibiotic Goes the Way of All Flesh Did humans approach the southern tip of South America more than 18,000 years ago? A simple suggestion for Deputy Director for Extramural Research Lauer and CSR … Continue reading

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I’m a Nerd and the NIST Hall of Standards Is My Valhalla: The Ampere Measurer

This gizmo, observed at NIST, is a Raleigh current balance and was used in the classic 1912 determination of the absolute value of the ampere. It was also used in 1938 to redefine the international ampere as 0.99985 absolute amperes:

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The Conservative Predilection For Making Welfare Bureaucracies

In an effort to triangulate against Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton attacked Sanders’ proposal to make college tuition free: I disagree with free college for everybody. I don’t think taxpayers should be paying to send Donald Trump’s kids to college. This … Continue reading

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Links 11/24/15

Links for you. Science: A Mistake About Making Mistakes Racial bias continues to haunt NIH grants A ‘supergene’ turns these male birds into female impersonators or sneaky mate thieves — for life Animal rights group targets NIH director’s home Meet … Continue reading

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A Dollar Tester

A couple of weeks ago, I visited NIST. This gizmo, which tests how much abrasion a dollar bill can stand, blows my mind (you can see the dollar bill on the right):

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