[Sc1] Carl V Phillips looks at the (generally positive) National Academies report on ecigarettes, and why they got the gateway effect so wrong on vaping.
[Sc2] Overcommitment? Excessive optimism? Danielle Teller says that almost all of our medical research is wrong.
[Sc3] Jon Christian is explaing how Black Mirror is affecting scientific ethics.
[Sc4] Theodore Dalrymple wants to know why so much bad science is being published.
[Sc5] Avoiding social media scorn has become a criteria for science, evidently. The dynamics referred to here have always been in place, I’m pretty sure. Social media is just throwing new dynamics into the sociology of science.
The "idea of control variables is incompatible with feminism, because control is a masculine value". pic.twitter.com/RlnYWtsLWX
— Alexandre Afonso (@alexandreafonso) November 22, 2017
[Sp1] The Challenger explosion, thirty years later.
[Sp2] Uhhh, maybe some things should go uninvented?
[Sp3] Nicole Mortillaro investigates why Canada doesn’t have a rocket program, and the brain drain that may be creating.
[Sp4] Behold, the gooey, cheesy goodness of Jupiter’s moon, Io!
[Sp5] Oooh, a zombie satellite!
[En1] Ute Collier wants more attention paid to renewable heat (which would, in turn, allow us to use less fossil fuels in producing heat).
[En2] Shell is considering the idea that Peak Oil may be a demand issue instead of a supply one, and is planning accordingly.
[En3] What if Trump isn’t wrong on solar panel tariffs?
[En5] Good news: China’s coal consumption may have peaked.
[En6] New Jersey’s governor is going all-in on renewables.
[Te1] Measuring farts.
[Te3] Yes and no. You can go three generations back on the Samsung Galaxy S series and still have a perfectly capable phone. But while computers have nowhere to go, there are still some interventions smartphones need to make and the market won’t really settle until they have.
[Te4] The truth is that we will probably always be able to tell when these videos are fake. The concern is that we won’t want to.
[Te5] On acclimating ourselves to our self-wiretapping.
[Te6] As Rufus pointed out to me, this article on smartphones destroying the next generation has been atop their “most popular” list for a really long time.
[Te7] The anatomy of an iPhone leak.
A 1920s prediction of the horror and inconvenience that would occur if anyone ever invented a pocket telephone… pic.twitter.com/RrqhGRVUhl
— Myko Clelland (@DapperHistorian) January 31, 2018