Correlation ≠ Causation

Correlation ≠ Causation

(June 14, 2018) Mention just about any scientific finding involving a chain of causation — anthropocentric global warming, monarch butterflies/milkweed destruction, fluoridation/fewer cavities ("Colorado Brown Stain," May 31) — and you'll hear...

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Colorado Brown Stain and Fluoridation

(May 31, 2018) It reads like the sort of detective yarn beloved by BBC viewers, except that instead of the one-hour format, this story took nearly 50 years to unravel. Chapter one began...

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Pyramid Woo

(May 17, 2018) The New Age began, as far as I was concerned, in the spring of 1970. Fresh in the Americas, I was completely captivated by woo — the more some phenomenon...

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The Shape of Zoophilia

(May 3, 2018) The Shape of Water, an Oscar-winning romance between a latter-day Creature from the Black Lagoon and a mute cleaning lady, can be summed up in a word: bestiality. The stuff...

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Magnificent Frigate Birds

(April 19, 2018) Frigate birds are a surprising study in contrasts. On the one hand, I admire them gliding effortlessly high overhead, following the updraft above a Pacific beach in southern Mexico. On...

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April Quiz

Puzzles for brain training

(April 5, 2018) They say — someone says — eating blueberries, salmon and avocados is good for the brain. So is solving puzzles. Here's your annual IQ-increasing set of teasers. Nothing too...

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The E.T. Equation

(March 22, 2018) "... there must be extraterrestrial civilizations ... because the laws of nature that led to the development of life and intelligence on Earth must be the same as those prevailing...

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The Voynich Manuscript

(March 8, 2018) "The mysterious Voynich manuscript has finally been decoded." — Ars Technica headline Sept. 8, 2017 And here we go again. Every two or three years, ever since the so-called Voynich...

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Perpetual Motion Machines

(February 22, 2018) Around the year 1180, an Indian mathematician, Bhaskara II, invented what is generally claimed to be the world's first perpetual motion machine. It was a vertical wheel with mercury-filled...

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M. Sax's Brass Clarinet

(February 8, 2018) Adolphe Sax, were he alive today at age 203, probably wouldn't be surprised that Macklemore's 2012 hip hop hit "Thrift Shop" featured the saxophone because he designed it for versatility....

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Panspermia and SETI

(January 25, 2018) The last time I saw Bob Zubrin, at a conference of the Mars Society of which he's president, he was, as usual, passionately advocating for manned missions to Mars. "If...

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Long Distance Voyager

(January 4, 2018) You decide to store your car in a garage, return to it 37 years later, jump in and turn the ignition key. If it starts right away, you deem it...

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Take Two Aspirin

(December 21, 2017) It's a geezer thing. We old dudes typically start losing hair in our 60s, the crowns of our heads being the first to go — hence the monks' tonsure look....

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Nobel Sexism

(December 7, 2017) Cover up the next paragraph and take a guess at how many women have won the Nobel Prize for Physics, awarded to 206 people since its inception in 1901. And...

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Belphegor's Prime

(November 23, 2017) And Israel joined himself unto Baalpeor: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel." — Numbers 25:3 What was it about Baalpeor, a god of the Moab people,...

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The Sound of Bells

(November 9, 2017) "Never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee," cautioned poet John Donne 400 years ago. That was then. Weddings and funerals used to be...

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