“After all, facts are facts, and although we may quote one to another with a chuckle the words of the Wise Statesman, ‘Lies – damned lies – and statistics,’ still there are some easy figures the simplest must understand, and the astutest cannot wriggle out of.” –Leonard Courtney, 1895 “The first and worst of all … Read moreExposing a Climate Science Fraud
“A constant struggle, a ceaseless battle to bring success from inhospitable surroundings, is the price of all great achievements.” –Orison Swett Marden One of the greatest assumptions we make in our study of the laws of nature is, well, that they’re laws of nature, not particularly special to where or when we happen to be … Read moreAre The Fundamental Constants Really Constant?
“They credited us with the birth of that sort of heavy metal thing. Well, if that’s the case, there should be an immediate abortion.” –Ginger Baker As hard as it may be to believe, take a look outside. I don’t mean a glance, I mean to take a real look. At all the things there … Read moreThe Heavy Metal Universe!
“If my theory of relativity is proven successful, Germany will claim me as a German and France will declare that I am a citizen of the world. Should my theory prove untrue, France will say that I am a German and Germany will declare that I am a Jew.” –Albert Einstein One of the most … Read moreGame Over for Faster-Than-Light Neutrinos?
To follow up on the faster than light post here, let’s ask another question: If you can make a way of transferring information that doesn’t involve matter, is that information limited by the speed of light? First off, let’s go over what information is, and then we’ll talk about how transferring information without matter is … Read moreFaster-Than-Light II: Information?
Last year, I had just finished my Ph.D. studies, and had moved to Madison, WI to teach introductory physics at the University of Wisconsin. I was working on this paper, and when I submitted it, I got a phone call from New Scientist magazine’s space division. Fast-forward two weeks, and I find this article online, … Read moreDark Matter: Is it right in front of us?
Okay, so I got a question from my friend Tamara, who’s a high school teacher in my hometown of New York City. It concerns a recent article she read on the front page of the New York Times about something funny that us scientists are calling Boltzmann Brains. I’ve read this article three times since … Read moreBrain-damaged arguments and Boltzmann Brains
The first serious advocate of modifying Newton’s laws instead of postulating unseen (or dark) matter was Moti Milgrom, from whom today a new article appears on the astrophysics preprint archives. In particular, Milgrom asserts the following: MOND predictions imply that baryons alone accurately determine the full field of each and every individual galactic object. These … Read moreMOND vs. Dark Matter