Climate science isn’t political. Lying about it is. (Synopsis)

“There are now dozens of hockey sticks and the all come to the same basic conclusion. The recent warming does appear to be unprecedented as far bas as we can go. But even if we didn’t have that evidence, we would still know that humans are warming the planet, changing the climate and that represents … Read moreClimate science isn’t political. Lying about it is. (Synopsis)

Comments of the Week #141: Christmas edition

“I think that Walter Schirra aboard Mercury 8 was the first of the astronauts to use the code name ‘Santa Claus’ to indicate the presence of flying saucers next to space capsules.” -Maurice Chatelain Well, here we are: December 25th, Christmas day, here at Starts With A Bang! Whether you’re a Santa, a Scrooge or anywhere in … Read moreComments of the Week #141: Christmas edition

What to watch for when science becomes politicized (Synopsis)

“When a scientist says something, his colleagues must ask themselves only whether it is true. When a politician says something, his colleagues must first of all ask, ‘Why does he say it?’” -Leo Szilard There are claims flying around all the time that science is corrupt, politicized, and that the robust scientific conclusions reached about … Read moreWhat to watch for when science becomes politicized (Synopsis)

The Science of Error: how polling botched the 2016 election (Synopsis)

“Distinguishing the signal from the noise requires both scientific knowledge and self-knowledge.” -Nate Silver When you take a poll, you survey a number of people with an opinion about something in an attempt to predict the behavior of a much larger number of people. If you increase the number of people you poll, your poll … Read moreThe Science of Error: how polling botched the 2016 election (Synopsis)

Newt Gingrich exemplifies just how unscientific America is (Synopsis)

“I’m not a natural leader. I’m too intellectual; I’m too abstract; I think too much.” -Newt Gingrich When an issue comes up, and it can be decided based on facts — on data, on evidence, on things you can measure and quantify — is it ever okay to decide that issue based on your feelings … Read moreNewt Gingrich exemplifies just how unscientific America is (Synopsis)

The science of atomic bombs, and how we stopped Hitler’s (Synopsis)

“I am become death, the destroyer of worlds.” -J. Robert Oppenheimer The nucleus of the atom holds many secrets, not the least of which is the key to the release of energy hundreds of thousands-to-millions of times more efficient than any chemical means known. In order to build and develop the first atomic bomb, a … Read moreThe science of atomic bombs, and how we stopped Hitler’s (Synopsis)

The science of Hillary Clinton’s coin toss victories (Synopsis)

“[T]he coin of life has meaning and value no matter what side it lands on. It’s each individual’s choice whether to bet on the outcome or not, but ultimately your coin of life will be spent somehow.” -Virgil Kalyana Mittata Iordache Coin flips are traditionally the way to settle disputes with two choices and equal … Read moreThe science of Hillary Clinton’s coin toss victories (Synopsis)

Politics In Hawaii Threatens To End Astronomy As We Know It (Synopsis)

“We cannot be vengeful. We need to find pono [righteous] solutions. We need to find good things for astronomers. Cooperation is, I think, really the true part of our human nature, not competition. I think we have to go back to cooperation to survive the future.” -Kealoha Pisciotta, president of Mauna Kea Anaina Hou If you … Read morePolitics In Hawaii Threatens To End Astronomy As We Know It (Synopsis)

Throwback Thursday: Logic Is No Match For Science (Synopsis)

“He who loves practice without theory is like the sailor who boards ship without a rudder and compass and never knows where he may cast.” -Leonardo Da Vinci There’s an attitude that’s very, very common in America: the notion of the rugged individualist. Part of that ethos is the idea that, “if I use my … Read moreThrowback Thursday: Logic Is No Match For Science (Synopsis)