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Humanities aren’t a science. Stop treating them like one. Will math help determine the Illiad's historic accuracy?

Humanities aren’t a science. Stop treating them like one.

Image credit: G. V. Storm Scents: You Can Smell Oncoming Rain. When people say they can smell a storm coming, they're right.

Storm Scents: You Can Smell Oncoming Rain

Weather patterns produce distinctive odors that sensitive noses sniff out. This year's peculiar weather patterns—such as drought in the Midwest and a "super derecho" of thunderstorms earlier this summer—are no exception. Vintage ventriloquism portraits were incredibly unnerving. My dad had (has?)

Vintage ventriloquism portraits were incredibly unnerving

A terrifying looking ventriloquist dummy he bought when he was in Spain a bit before I was born. Who knows why he bought it. Anyway, when I was a little kid I was fine with the thing, even played with it until one night I had an absolutely horrifying nightmare that it got up and started chasing me around our apartment. I was about three at the time. The next time my dad took the think out, for whatever reason I totally lost it and made him hide it. What Are Science’s Ugliest Experiments? When I teach history of science at Stevens Institute of Technology, I devote plenty of time to science’s glories, the kinds of achievements that my buddy George Johnson wrote about in The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments (Alfred A.

What Are Science’s Ugliest Experiments?

Knopf, 2008). George helps us appreciate what Galileo did with inclined planes, Newton with prisms, Pavlov with dogs, Galvani with frogs, Millikan with oil drops, Faraday with a magnet and coil of wire. How to grow a biological city of the future. So something like Larry Niven's architectural coral in Gift from Earth or Donald Moffitt's grown buildings in The Genesis Quest or that article Bruce Sterling did for Wired about a decade ago. So what do you do when your house gets cancer or sick? I'm sure that can be dealt with and is hardly any worse than remodeling, fires or earthquakes in our current housing.

The issue is will these grown houses and buildings need less energy and materials than our current construction techniques? Sagan and Druyan: Shared Time in the Cosmos : Cosmic Variance. How to survive the next 100,000 years. MacGregor Campbell, contributor Will humans be around in the deep future?

How to survive the next 100,000 years

Given the track record of most mammals, we've got a pretty good shot at surviving for at least the next 100,000 years and possibly even a million years or more. Of course, that's not to say we won't face any challenges. We can expect threats we've encountered before, like colossal volcanic eruptions and pandemic bugs, as well as new ones like out-of-control technology. Why we have leap days. Warning: First, this is a somewhat modified repost from — oddly enough — four years ago.

Why we have leap days

Second, this post has math in it. A lot. Some of it might even be correct. If you are mathophobic, then you might want to skip to the end, where I reveal what Rosebud means. The Truth About Pheromones. The sight of someone in tears might make you feel concerned.

The Truth About Pheromones

But the smell of tears, researchers say, has a different effect. “You might think—we did—that [smelling] tears might create empathy,” says Noam Sobel, a neurobiologist at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. He and his colleagues had women watch a sad movie scene, collected their tears and placed samples of the unidentified fluid under men’s noses. The tears did not elicit empathy in a standard lab test, but they did reduce the men’s sexual arousal and testosterone levels. Apparently the tears sent a message that romance was off the table. Scientists Invent Particles That Will Let You Live Without Breathing. Untrue Medical Myths & Common Medical Misconceptions. Robert Roy Britt | January 24, 2012 10:00am ET Credit: sukiyaki | shutterstock Popular culture is loaded with myths and half-truths.

Untrue Medical Myths & Common Medical Misconceptions

Most are harmless. But when doctors start believing medical myths, perhaps it's time to worry. In 2007, a study published in the British Medical Journal looked into several common misconceptions, from the belief that a person should drink eight glasses of water per day to the notion that reading in low light ruins your eyesight. Smallest magnetic memory uses just 12 atoms - physics-math - 12 January 2012.

Video: Data storage on an atomic level Talk about doing more with less.

Smallest magnetic memory uses just 12 atoms - physics-math - 12 January 2012

A dozen atoms have been made to store a bit of data magnetically – a feat normally performed by a million atoms. The work could one day help shrink the devices that store computer data. Today's hard drives record data using a tiny electromagnet to align the spins of atoms in a metallic film that rotates below it. When the spins of about a million of these atoms are aligned in the same direction, their collective magnetic field can be detected by the electromagnet on its next pass. The Problem With Eureka. Annalee Newitz of io9: Why I Like Science. A woolly mammoth sinks into the tar at the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles.

Annalee Newitz of io9: Why I Like Science

(courtesy of flickr user jpeepz) Annalee Newitz has written about science and pop culture for Wired, Popular Science, New Scientist, the Washington Post and many others. She’s the editor-in-chief of (a must-read for any science and/or science fiction fan) and is currently working on a book about how humans will survive the next mass extinction, to be published by Doubleday. Are smart people ugly? The Explainer's 2011 Question of the Year. Redbull Glory Glide 2009 Voyage en deltaplane. MORNING GLORY PHENOMENON OR CLOUD SEEDING? Morning Glory cloud surfing, Burketown 20th September 2009.

Weird, Rare Clouds and the Physics Behind Them. In August, we posted a photograph of some odd, rare clouds known as Morning Glory clouds without providing an explanation for how they form. In response to reader interest, we followed up with meteorologist Roger Smith of the University of Munich, who has studied their formation. “Over the years we’ve developed a good understanding of them,” Smith said. “It’s no longer a mystery, but still very spectacular.” The Morning Glory phenomenon is the result of the particular configuration of the land and sea on the Cape York Peninsula, in a remote part of Australia. The peninsula tapers off from about 350 miles wide to 60 miles as it extends north between the Gulf of Carpentaria to the west and the Coral Sea to the east.

As moist sea air is lifted to the crest of the waves, it cools and condensation forms a cloud. How a Collapsing Scientific Hypothesis Ended in an Arrest. By John Timmer, Ars Technica In 2006, scientists announced a provocative finding: A retrovirus called XMRV, closely related to a known virus from mice, was associated with cases of prostate cancer. But other labs, using different sets of patients, found no evidence of a viral infection. Before the controversy could be sorted out, another research group published a 2009 paper containing an even more intriguing claim.

Video: Self-Guided Bullet Spots, Steers and Nails Its Target (UPDATED) The U.S. military has been after self-guided bullets for years. Now, government researchers have finally made it happen: a bullet that can navigate itself a full mile before successfully nailing its target. The breakthrough comes courtesy of engineers at the government’s Sandia National Laboratories. They’ve successfully tested a prototype of the bullet at distances up to 2,000 meters — more than a mile.

The photo above is an actual image taken during one of those tests. Spectacular 'cloud tsunami' rolls over Florida high-rise condos. APS Observer - The Myth of Prodigy and Why it Matters. Long Space Missions Can Give Astronauts Blurry Vision, Study Finds. The Science of Sarcasm? Yeah, Right.

The Science of Why We Don't Believe Science. Good Things Come in Small Packages? A Chat about Nanotechnology and Food Safety. Photo: Titanium dioxide nanoparticles, photo courtesy of Dr. Prabir Dutta, The Ohio State University. Five Mysteries Uncovered By Google Earth. World's longest lab experiment still going 85 years later. Where 'Aha' Moments Reside in the Brain. The sudden understanding or grasp of a concept is often described as an "Aha" moment — an event that is typically rewarding and pleasurable. Usually, the insights remain in our memory as lasting impressions. Researchers from New York University are using a functional MRI (fMRI) scanner to study how the insights are captured and stored in our brain.

When Will the Human Population Start to Decline? "The power of population is so superior to the power of the Earth to produce subsistence for man, that premature death must in some shape or other visit the human race. " The late-18th century philosopher Thomas Malthus wrote these ominous words in an essay on what he saw as the dire future of humanity. Top 10 Soviet and Russian Space Missions. 7 Theories on the Origin of Life. Scientists Stop Stumbling and Find Source of Sloppy Drunkenness. Giant Tsunami-Shape Clouds Roll Across Alabama Sky. How sunlight, sex, and sneezes are all connected. Biochemist publishes a paper solving the mystery of life, but no one understands it.

Twitter Reveals Global Mood Swings. G-Spot: Science Can't Find It After 60 Years, Study Says. Death in dolphins: do they understand they are mortal? - life - 01 September 2011. The nature of nothingness. The tiny things that rule the world. Gold nano 'ears' set to listen in on cells - health - 13 January 2012. Kamikaze ants protect the colony - 12 September 2011. Single-molecule nanocar takes its first spin - 09 November 2011. Spies could hide messages in gene-modified microbes - tech - 26 September 2011. Keeping a lid on your digital DNA - tech - 16 October 2011. Light is not fast enough for high-speed stock trading - tech - 01 October 2011. Genius across Cultures and the “Google Brain”

Free Will and Quantum Clones: How Your Choices Today Affect the Universe at its Origin. Optimized » Blog Archive » Dude, it’s like you read my mind. Ghosts, Aliens, Quantum Gravity, Extra Dimensions, Sci Fi. Future of Chernobyl Health Studies in Doubt. How Our Brains Turn Women Into Objects. How a Computer Game Is Reinventing the Science of Expertise [Video] The Real Science behind Scientology. X-Rays Reveal What Lies Beneath. Let It Snow: The Science of Snowflakes. Winter Wonders: The Science of Cold. Good Science Always Has Political Ramifications. Invisible Ink Reveals Cool Chemistry. Block Radio Waves. Your Appendix Could Save Your Life. Scientists use fractals to determine when bananas are becoming mushy and inedible.

People with Anxious & Avoidant Attachment Styles React to Danger Fastest. Scientists at MIT have developed a device that allows you to see through concrete walls. A Map of the World's Magnetic Anomalies. Commission for the Geological Map of the World (CGMW): This amazing optical illusion video will make a man's head disappear. 10 Things an Electromagnetic Field Can Do to Your Brain. Why do you cringe at the sound of nails on a chalkboard? Are allergies for real? 10 Awesome Online Classes You Can Take For Free. You are bitching about the wrong things when you read an article about science. What scientists say in research papers vs. What they actually mean. Are there really more people alive now than have ever lived? 2050 - and immortality is within our grasp. 15 frases de Carl Sagan en el 15 aniversario de su muerte. The Future: Where Sexual Orientations Get Kind of Confusing. NCBI ROFL: Probably the most horrifying scientific lecture ever.

Until 2009, the human clitoris was an absolute mystery.