A fire-breathing science blogger with a keen interest in the wonders of everyday life. Harmless for the most part, although has been known to eat homeopaths and anti-vaccine activists and has little love for politicians.
Honesty and an open mind are critical to science. You have to let the data tell you what to think and not the other way around. If you start out expecting x, and you only accept data that confirms x, … Continue reading →
WOULD you like to eat rat poison? Probably not, but that’s OK, because you’ve eaten it already. Most milk in the United States has rat poison added to it. If you find this disturbing, you can always start reading ingredient … Continue reading →
Of all our country’s illegal drugs, cannabis is by far and away the most popular. Depending on where you live, it may not even be illegal for much longer. On Tuesday two states, Washington and Colorado, voted to legalize marijuana … Continue reading →
I don’t read the New York Times regularly, and it’s not because I don’t like them specifically — I just don’t read newspapers anymore. I get my news from a bunch of different sources depending on what I want to … Continue reading →
Over the past couple weeks, I’ve exchanged some emails with Chad Orzel, a physicist and fellow science blogger (you can read his entertaining and surprisingly informative blog at Uncertain Principles). He’s also the author of a book called How to … Continue reading →
In August of 1951, a strange epidemic struck the sleepy little town of Pont-Saint-Esprit in France. Over the course of a single day, hundreds of people lost their minds. A little boy tried to strangle his grandmother. A man realized … Continue reading →
There was a time when I used to like Guns ‘n Roses, and even today I still like some of their music. “Mr. Brownstone” is of course a song about heroin, and the lyrics nicely illustrate why the drug is … Continue reading →