Teaching Angela to Appreciate History
- 1851 – Discovery of Ariel and Umbriel, two moons of Uranus by William Lassel.
- Lassel made his fortune with beer-brewing, giving him the freedom to build his own observatories (plural) at Liverpool and Malta, and construct his own telescopes (plural, large and heavily mechanised for their day).
- Possibly also of interest: Latest telescope study of Uranus has revealed interesting and as-yet unexplained new features in its atmosphere.
- Nobel prizes
- Physics: Serge Haroche and David J. Wineland “for ground-breaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems”
- Chemistry: Robert J. Lefkowitz and Brian K. Kobilka “for studies of G-protein-coupled receptors”
- Physiology or medicine: Sir John B. Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka “for the discovery that mature cells can be reprogrammed to become pluripotent”
- American politicians are dumb.
- NASA really is working on a warp drive this time, and this one works on Dilithium Crystals.
- (Andre Engelbrecht) Braais cause cancer
- Proof that our bodies can predict the future with data input that doesn’t exist yet!
- (Spoiler: It’s a meta-analysis)
- Opening ad hominem: The lead author, Mossbridge, is an unapologetic spiritualist.
- statistical means, but that’s no substitute for real data derived from properly varied sources.
- The “researcher degrees of freedom” that Steve Novella has talked about a lot over the last year or so.
- Paul Kurtz died.
“Damnit, Bones, you’re a doctor. You know that pain and guilt can’t be taken away with the wave of a magic wand.” – Capt. James T. Kirk, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
- East Rand
- Sceptics in the Pub – Tuesday 13th November, 19:00. Grandslam Sports Diner, Edenvale.
- West Rand
- Sceptics in the Pub – Wednesday 21st November, 19:00. Green & Gold Pub, Roodepoort
Link of the Week
Patrick: Richard Dawkins interview – Playboy