Funny science quote of the day

I found this piece funny, in particular: [Funding a particle accelerator is] not a trivial sum of money for a lot of people, but it's a drop in the bucket compared to the $1,500 per head price tag of the Iraq war to date. And building a particle accelerator doesn't require waterboarding anybody. (Well, strictly … Continue reading Funny science quote of the day

And the winner is…

My favorite Ig Nobel prize this year is in Linguistics: LINGUISTICS: Juan Manuel Toro, Josep B. Trobalon and Núria Sebastián-Gallés, of Universitat de Barcelona, for showing that rats sometimes cannot tell the difference between a person speaking Japanese backwards and a person speaking Dutch backwards. A close second is in aviation: AVIATION: Patricia V. Agostino, … Continue reading And the winner is…

Demo effect, by Honda

Someone recently shared with me an interesting quote from Immanuel Kant: Out of the crooked timber of humanity, no straight thing was ever made (German original: Aus so krummem Holze, als woraus der Mensch gemacht ist, kann nichts ganz Gerades gezimmert werden) It looks like robots are not the solution to this particular problem: A … Continue reading Demo effect, by Honda

The $50B science thing

As expected, The Onion does a much better job than I did. The scientists spoke for approximately three hours about the complicated science machine, which is expensive, and large, telling members of the House Committee on Science and Technology that the tubular, gamma-ray-using mechanism is vital in some big way. Yet the high price tag … Continue reading The $50B science thing