#science

How To Be Smart

Long but good write-up about what happened when modern society started treating the superficial aesthetics of science like a fetish and use it to force decisions on people.

#science #society

Scientists Have Reported a Breakthrough In Understanding Whale Language

Researchers have identified new elements of whale vocalizations that they propose are analogous to human speech, including vowels and pitch.

#animals #language #science

Study considers linguistic diversity of California

Previously, scientists and linguists thought that Uto-Aztecan languages spread into California through the spread of maize farming, but a new study questions that idea.

#america #language #history #science

A Canadian study gave $7,500 to homeless people. Here’s how they spent it.

The results show the power of cash transfers to reduce homelessness.

#society #finance #science

We are not empty

The concept of the atomic void is one of the most repeated mistakes in popular science. Molecules are packed with stuff

#cool #science

Fusion Foolery

#energy #science

You don't have to be a rocket scientist to write about rockets, but I wish sci-fi writers and futurists understood conservation of energy. They'd realize that a lot of proposed tech is fundamentally unable to fix climate for simple reasons.

Take electric cars: to move a one-ton object from point A to point B at a given speed, it takes this much energy, period. It doesn't matter how and where you produce it. And guess what: solar panels are horribly inefficient. Power distribution networks are horribly inefficient. And do you know what happens with all the energy that doesn't end up moving your car?

It becomes waste heat, that's what. Even more heat. Just what the planet needs right now. You're welcome.

#climate #science #education #updates

Shattering the myth of men as hunters and women as gatherers

#society #gender #science

Human impact on Earth's tilt leaves researchers 'surprised and concerned'

Groundwater extracted for irrigation and other human activities displaced 2,150 gigatons of water between 1993 and 2010.

#environment #science

The dance of the naked emperors

About scientific article publishing and peer review in the internet era.

#internet #science #publishing #ethics

The rise and fall of peer review

Why the greatest scientific experiment in history failed, and why that's a great thing

#science #publishing

More Mastodon Scraping Without Consent (notes On Nobre Et Al 2022)

#social media #science #ethics

Milky Way's graveyard of dead stars found

#space #science

Tale of the Jackalope

#culture #history #science #america

CDC Admits Post-Jab Myocarditis “Misinformation” Is Actually True

Once again, the problem isn't relative risk, but how we were lied to, and hunted down for trying to speak the truth.

#pandemic #science #free speech

Rainwater everywhere on Earth unsafe to drink due to ‘forever chemicals’, study finds

#environment #health #science

The Technocrat’s Dilemma

(Via the No Tech Magazine.) Even true things shouted from loudspeakers start to sound like lies.

#science #politics

The Dunning-Kruger Effect is Autocorrelation

In short: it's an elementary statistical error, so simple it can be easily explained to a layperson, and indeed can be trivially reproduced from random data.

#science #ethics

sex as a social construct

#gender #science #society

Multiple Sclerosis Is Likely Caused by a Virus, Finds Study of 10 Million Military Personnel

#health #science

Newfound type of storm is a 1,000-km-wide puddle in the sky

#cool #environment #science

Museum Showcases Queer Relationships in the Animal Kingdom

#animals #sexuality #science

‘It was terrifying’: ancient book’s journey from Irish bog to museum treasure

A new book tells the story of the painstaking process to preserve the 1,200-year-old Faddan More Psalter

#books #middle ages #science

Online anonymity: study found ‘stable pseudonyms’ created a more civil environment than real user names

#internet #privacy #science

Debate over daylight saving time drags on in Europe

#europe #science #politics

The Scientists Are Terrified

A survey of the world’s top climate researchers shows a stark finding: Most expect catastrophic levels of heating and damage soon—very soon.

#climate #science

Ancient Proto-math Found In Babylonian Tablet

#antiquity #science

On Endianness

Byte Endianness in computers has been a constant source of conflict for decades. But is there really a clear advantage to one over the other? Let’s explore together!

#computers #science

Black Lives Matter protests have saved lives, study finds

#america #racism #society #science

Just How Many Surfaces Does Your Cat’s Butt Touch? A Sixth Grader’s Science Fair Project Has The Answer

#youth #animals #science

You don’t have a male or female brain – the more brains scientists study, the weaker the evidence for sex differences

#gender #science

Maslow Got It Wrong

Read: he deliberately misrepresented Native American teachings to make individualism seem like a good thing rather than the destructive force it is.

#society #science

The Science That Explains Trump’s Grip on White Males

#science #politics

The Dunning-Kruger Effect Is Probably Not Real

Or as I like to think of it, apparently the only people suffering from it were the titular researchers.

#education #science

How Scientists Use and Abuse Portraiture

Many scientific studies assume that the features of painted faces are the facts of the flesh-and-blood countenances to which they refer. This assumption is not only false; it is preposterous.

#art #history #science

People Who Eat Chili Pepper May Live Longer – Reduced Risk of Dying From Cardiovascular Disease or Cancer

#food #health #science

Study reveals gender bias in TA evaluations

The female TA got five times as many negative reviews as the male TA — but they were the same person.

#gender #science #education

Video games help children improve literacy, communication and mental well-being, survey finds

#games #education #science

Florida mosquitoes: 750 million genetically modified insects to be released

#animals #environment #science

The X-Files and the Scully Effect — fake aliens, real-world phenomenon for women in STEM

#movies #gender #science

How Many Planets Are There In The Solar System?

#space #science #media

Mysterious Bright Spots on Dwarf Planet Ceres Point to Secret Underground Ocean

#space #science

Jean Jouzel : "Il faut absolument agir aujourd'hui, c'était le message il y a 15 ans et il reste d'actualité"

#climate #science #media

Why Damaging Myths About Women and Science Keep Coming Back

#gender #science

The Congo Rainforest

#africa #travel #nature #science #photos

Why Are We So Quick To Scrutinise How Low-Income Families Spend Their Money?

#economics #science

Ancient Egyptian coffins and mystery of ‘black goo’

#antiquity #science

Lost recipe for medieval blue ink found

#middle ages #science

A history of FLICC: the 5 techniques of science denial

#science #education #history

Climate Change Predictions Have Suddenly Gone Catastrophic. This Is Why

#climate #science

Climate models have been correct for literally 40 years

#climate #science

There’s Growing Evidence That the Universe Is Connected by Giant Structures

Scientists are finding that galaxies can move with each other across huge distances, and against the predictions of basic cosmological models. The reason why could change everything we think we know about the universe.

#space #science

Dates, Times, Calendars— The Universal Source of Data Science Trauma

Content warning: ableist language

#science #computers

The Gravitational-Wave "Revolution" Is Underway

#space #science #tech

The terrible truth of climate change

#climate #science

Scientists Say Chemical Found in Spinach Is Basically a Steroid, Should Be Banned for Athletes

#food #sports #science

Getting to the Bottom of the Flat Earth

#science #education #history

These 400-Year-Old Rings Unfold to Reveal Astronomical Spheres

#middle ages #science #tech

Exxon predicted in 1982 exactly how high global carbon emissions would be today

#business #climate #science

The first picture of a black hole opens a new era of astrophysics

#space #science #tech

Astrobiologist Tries Cooking In Antarctica At -94ºF (-70ºC), And The Result Will Crack You Up

#food #science #humor

'They Have Lied for Decades': European Parliament Scrutinise Exxon's Climate Science Denial

#europe #climate #science #politics #business

Scientists may have seen birth of a black hole for first time ever

#space #science

The chemistry that gives champagne its famous fizz

#food #science

The Nobel Prize for Climate Catastrophe

#climate #disaster #science

Challenges in the Diagnosis of Magnesium Status

#food #health #science

Scientists Warn the UN of Capitalism's Imminent Demise

A climate change-fueled switch away from fossil fuels means the worldwide economy will fundamentally need to change.

#economics #science #politics

Brain Scans Aren't Necessary to Confirm Trans People's Genders

#gender #science

Octopus And Squid Evolution Is Officially Weirder Than We Could Have Ever Imagined

#animals #science

An open letter to pretty much every linguistic Voynich theorist ever

#books #science

The 'imminent mini ice age' myth is back, and it's still wrong

We can’t accurately predict solar activity, and a quiet solar cycle would have a small impact on Earth’s climate anyway

#climate #science

A Response For People Using Record Cold U.S. Weather To Refute Climate Change

#climate #science

The problem with Nobel prizes and the myth of the lone genius

#society #science

Ice Loss and the Polar Vortex: How a Warming Arctic Fuels Cold Snaps

#climate #science

The Closing of a Great American Dialect Project

#america #language #science

White nationalists flock to genetic ancestry tests. Some don't like the result.

#politics #science

Climate change: Nearly 700 'natural thermometers' demonstrate the world is warmer than its ever been

#climate #science

The Uninhabitable Earth

Famine, economic collapse, a sun that cooks us: What climate change could wreak — sooner than you think.

#climate #science

Why Roman concrete still stands strong while modern version decays

#antiquity #architecture #science

Scientists made a detailed “roadmap” for meeting the Paris climate goals. It’s eye-opening

#climate #science #politics

Evidence Rebuts Chomsky's Theory of Language Learning

#language #science

Comets can't explain weird 'alien megastructure' star after all

#space #science

Six Million Dollar Plant: Scientists grow cyborg roses

#nature #science #tech

Ten things you might not know about antimatter

#cool #science

How do I draw a pair of buttocks?

#science #art #humor

The History Of The English Language In One Chart

#language #history #science

NVIDIA's new GPU proves moon landing truthers wrong

#computers #space #science

After Reading This, You’ll Never Watch ‘Finding Nemo’ In the Same Way Again

#cool #movies #animals #gender #science

Artists 'have structurally different brains'

#art #science

Yours to cut out and keep

Microscopes made of paper may help the diagnosis of tropical diseases

#cool #science #tech

Headlines from a Mathematically Literate World

#science #education

Memory in Elementary School Children Is Improved by an Unrelated Novel Experience

#education #science

Using Metadata to find Paul Revere

#america #history #science

Zombie climate sceptic theories survive only in newspapers and on TV

#climate #science #media

Climate milestone is a moment of symbolic significance on road of i****y

#climate #science #business #politics

Wine tasting is bullshit. Here's why

#food #science

Our Very Normal Solar System Isn't Normal Anymore

#space #science

Instagram Chimp: Viral Video Undersells Their Intelligence, Says Scientist

#animals #science #media

Public’s Knowledge of Science and Technology

#science #education

5 Steps to Separate Science from Hype, No PhD Required

#science #education

Pourquoi nous avons besoin de jouer, partager et bidouiller la science

La science est quelque chose de bien trop sérieux et précieux pour être laissée aux seuls scientifiques professionnels. Amateurs, de 7 à 77 ans, tout le monde peut et doit y prendre part, facilités en cela par Internet et sa philosophie d’ouverture.

#education #science

Why does Easter move around so much?

It all depends on the timing of the full moon relative to March 21st

#religion #science

Reconstructing the Chelyabinsk meteor’s path, with Google Earth, YouTube and high-school math

#space #science #history #internet

Walter Tschinkel's Aluminum Casts of Ant Colonies Reveals Insect Architecture

#animals #science