Archive for the ‘science’ Category

Caveat emptor?


Rejecta Mathematica | Caveat Emptor Rejecta Mathematica is a new, open access, online journal that publishes only papers that have been rejected from peer-reviewed journals (or conferences with comparable review standards) in the mathematical sciences. We are currently seeking submissions for our inaugural issue.

This opinion piece (PDF) in Notices of the American Mathematical Society, argues that since mathematicians increasingly rely on software in generating their results, we should be increasingly concerned about the use of proprietary math software, since (a) not everyone has access to that software and (b) the code used by that software is usually closed-source, […]

I read a blog post by an IPCC member yesterday (sorry, forgot the link) that claimed that many IPCC scientists don’t buy the anthropogenic CO2 emissions story. First and foremost, I don’t believe this argument, sounds like a guy whose perceptions of the opinions of others are clouded by a personal bias. But I probably […]

Oklo: Natural Nuclear Reactors – Fact Sheet Creating a nuclear reaction is not simple. In power plants, it involves splitting uranium atoms, and that process releases energy as heat and neutrons that go on to cause other atoms to split. This splitting process is called nuclear fission. In a power plant, sustaining the process of […]

Salt water as fuel? Erie man hopes so For obvious reasons, scientists long have thought that salt water couldn’t be burned. So when an Erie man announced he’d ignited salt water with the radio-frequency generator he’d invented, some thought it a was a hoax.

Thruster May Shorten Mars Trip An amplified photon thruster that could potentially shorten the trip to Mars from six months to a week has reportedly attracted the attention of aerospace agencies and contractors. Phhhh. Amplified photon thruster. I could have come up with that sitting on the can…

Atheist doctors more likely to care for the poor than religious ones | Press Esc Atheist doctors are likely to practice medicine among the underprivileged than religious physicians, even though most religions call on the faithful to serve the poor, according to the results of large cross-sectional survey of US medical practitioners published in Annals […]