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Monthly Archive: February 2012

Feb 29 2012

The leap year rules

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2012 being a leap year, today is the extra day. Some of us are aware of the rule that says that we add a leap day for years that are divisible by 4 but not if it is divisible by 100 unless that year is also divisible by 400. The reason for these complicated leap …

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Feb 29 2012

Davy Jones of The Monkees (1945-2012)

He died today. Here is the group singing one of my favorite songs I’m a Believer. He’s the one with the tambourine. Incidentally Neil Diamond wrote this song, which had a resurgence when Smash Mouth did a cover (also very good) that was played in the hit film Shrek.

Feb 29 2012

Go for broke, Ricky!

To no one’s surprise, women greatly helped provide Romney with the victory in Michigan. While Romney had only a 1% edge among men in that state, he won the women’s vote by 6%. And this is just among Republican women.

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Feb 29 2012

Climate scientists organize to fight back

Most scientists know how to fight for acceptance of their ideas within the community of scientists. The rules of the game are fairly well understood. But when it comes to politically charged issues, they tend to be at a loss because they work as individuals and hence do not know how to respond to massive …

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Feb 29 2012

Critical thinking and argumentation

If there is one thing that people can agree on as a universal good in education, it is that we should seek to increase the critical thinking abilities in people. Actually, that is not quite true. During the days when the debate over intelligent design was raging in Ohio in 2003, one letter to the …

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Feb 28 2012

The unexplored Earth

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With the exploratory glamor being hogged by the space program, it is good to remind ourselves of the vast unexplored regions of the Earth. Here is a nice graphic that shows what happens as we go down deep into the ocean. Of course, we don’t really know for sure since going deep is a formidable …

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Feb 28 2012

Great moments in branding

Who were the brains behind the idea of creating a Newt Gingrich support coalition with the name “Women with Newt”?

Feb 28 2012

GOP attacks on Santorum begin in earnest

Republican insiders seem to have suddenly woken up to something that others have been noticing for years, that their party has been taken over by open cranks. Hence it is hardly surprising that the Republican party establishment has begun attacking Rick Santorum in earnest.

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Feb 28 2012

Is radiated food safe?

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Radiation has a very bad reputation. There is something about it that scares the daylights out of people. This is understandable since the devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki produced graphic images of the devastation that radiation could cause. The Cold War generated additional fears of radiation silently killing off large numbers of people. Even today, …

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Feb 27 2012

Teller explains some secrets of magic

The silent partner of the magic duo Penn and Teller has written an article that reveals some of the ways that magicians fool you. In this video clip, Teller demonstrates

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