This is a test of the new bookmarking script I’m working on. This one does the science posts and should run on Tuesdays around 7pm.
Correlation, Causation, and Coincidence One Astronomer’s Noise
Nicole tries to claim there’s a difference between correlation and causation in a bid to dodge the blame for the USA’s failure to win the Confedrations Cup.
SNAIL’S TALES: Another well hidden tree frog
Snail’s Tales is an interesting read, but you could just follow it for the photos.
the quackometer: What Next for the British Chiropractic Association?
It looked like the British Chiropractic Association would successfully sue Simon Singh for defamation, despite their claims being nonsense. A recent article in the BMJ now suggests it’s possible their only hope of winning is by claiming to be a bunch of incompetent numbskulls.
Disappearing The Science News | The Loom
Catch the news in Science before it disappears! The Daily Telegraph’s attempt at writing up a student’s research on rape as an entertaining piece has backfired.
Asking for it – Bad Science
Related to the link above, here’s Ben Goldacre on how the news story in the Telegraph was not about women asking to be raped.
Times Higher Education – NHS trust chief accuses Edinburgh professor of speaking out of turn
Edinburgh defends its academics right to be curious. It should be normal practice, but that doesn’t stop it being laudable.
Epigenetics: It’s All in the Packaging | Newsweek Science
(via BoraZ) A description of epigenetics, another strand of inheritance which operates alongside genetics. Biology is not all in your DNA, which is going to complicate Star Trek plots massively.
Ashes cricketers could be caught out by climate change | guardian.co.uk
It’s not just shameless time-wasting which is ending the golden age of cricket. Climate change could lead to the Australians humiliating England on a number of similar pitches. It’s a disheartening prospect for those England fans who like to see their team humiliated on a number of pitches each with their own character.
A tale from the trenches of science journalism : Pharyngula
This makes a nice change from the science journalist = evil villain trope that I’ve seen in a few places recently. It’s handy to know there’s frustration on the journalists’ side too. It suggests cooperation would be more useful than conflict.
Advanced Fellowships In the Dark
This is depressing. The STFC, the funing body for UK astronomy, continuing to cut down astronomical research in the UK to a more manageable level.
The Strange case of Epsilon Aurigae EIU Astro
Epsilon Aurigae would seem to be a very large star with a companion. Things get really strange when you look at its light curve. It seems to get dimmer for around two years at a time. That would suggest it’s being orbited by something bigger, but we can’t see it. It’s too dim to be a star, so what is it?
The first Earthling to journey to Mars – Conan the Bacterium | The Observer
Bacteria have been shown to be viable after being left on the Moon, so it’s possible terrestrial bacteria can travel to Mars. It’s even possible that they have in the past, hitching a lift on meteorites. There’s also a tardigrade going. I’d be willing to bet a large amount of money that it will come back alive.
SNAIL’S TALES: Darwin was a malacologist!
And if you don’t know what a malacologist is then you need to visit Snail’s Tales. The ‘mal’ always makes me think ‘bad’. But it’s not.
Galactic Interactions: How much Dark Matter do you hold in your hands?
Rob Knop is able to put a figure on how much Dark Matter is likely to be around you. It’s quite a small figure.
LookUP Widget | Astronomy Blog
Can you help test the LookUP widget? If not, then use it. It’s a nifty tool.