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August 29, 2014

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1:35 AM | Why Scientists Don’t Share Data
Data hoarding is real enough, but yhe idea that data hoarding is some special postnormal flaw in climate science is either uninformed or vicious. Forbes has a brief article that may offer some clues. [more]

August 28, 2014

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4:28 PM | House members seek details on SLS/Orion schedules and spending
A day after NASA announced that the first SLS may not be ready for launch until as late as November 2018, two key members of the House Science Committee asked NASA for details on both the schedule and funding levels of the SLS and Orion programs. In a letter released by the committee Thursday morning, [...]
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4:27 PM | "Is politically motivated reasoning rational?" A fragment ...
From something in the works ... My goal in this paper is to survey existing evidence on the mechanisms of culturally motivated reasoning (CMR) and assess what that evidence implies about the relationship between CMR and rational decisionmaking. CMR refers to the tendency of individuals to selectively credit diverse forms of information—from logical arguments to empirical data to credibility assessments to their own sensory impressions—in patterns that reflect their cultural […]
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2:59 PM | WTF Is Wrong With These People?
By these people, I mean (some) male gamers: Earlier this week, feminist critic Anita Sarkeesian posted the latest in a series of crowdfunded videos called Tropes vs. Women, devoted to aggregating and analyzing games that portray women as damsels in distress, ornamental eye candy, incidental victims, and other archetypes that tend to be written in service […]
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12:37 PM | Kristen: Doctor of Chiropractic, former cheerleader, GA Tech and Atlanta Hawks
Meet Kristen at the DragonCon parade on Saturday, August 30!
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12:37 PM | Kristin: Doctor of Chiropractic, former cheerleader, GA Tech and Atlanta Hawks
Meet Kristen at the DragonCon parade on Saturday, August 30!
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8:30 AM | Meet the Science Cheerleaders at DragonCon this weekend!
When the annual Dragon*Con parade rolls through Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, August 30, four Science Cheerleaders will be cheering for science and leading parade spectators in citizen science activities! They’ll be marching with other citizen science evangelists including Pamela Gay from CosmoQuest, and the Free Thought Society. Stick around on Sunday when our pals at the Atlanta Science Festival engage fans in a research project we’re launching with ECAST (Expert and […]
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8:08 AM | I’m a teapot
Great to see Google adhering to standards and finally implementing RFC 7168: The Hyper Text Coffee Pot Control Protocol for Tea Efflux Appliances (HTCPCPT-EA), published at the start of April this year. From §2.3.3: TEA-capable pots that are not provisioned to brew coffee may return either a status code of 503, indicating temporary unavailability of […]
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12:18 AM | With an SLS slip looming, one senator wants to keep NASA’s budget “on track”
An announcement Wednesday by NASA that the first launch of the agency’s Space Launch System (SLS) heavy-lift rocket could slip by nearly a year has led one key senator to suggest the program needs some budgetary help. NASA announced Wednesday that the SLS passed its Key Decision Point C (KDP-C) review, an assessment of the [...]

August 27, 2014

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7:05 PM | http://planet3.org/2014/08/27/10262/
We must do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. … We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery because, according to Malthusian-Darwinian theory, he must justify his right to exist. [more]
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3:12 PM | What's to explain? Kulkarni on "knowing disbelief"
As always, the investment in asking others for help in dispelling my confusion is paying off. As the 15.5 billion regular readers of this blog (we’re up 1.5 billion with migration of subscribers from the recent cessation of posts in Russell Johnson’s theprofessor.com) know, I’ve been trying to get a handle on a phenomenon that I’m calling—for now & for lack of a better term—“knowing disbelief” (KD). I've gotten various helpful tips in comments […]
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8:30 AM | Illustrious company
Yesterday, I saw this quote from the blurb for Jamie Bartlett’s new book The Dark Net: Beyond the familiar online world that most of us inhabit — a world of Google, Hotmail, Facebook and Amazon — lies a vast and often hidden network of sites, communities and cultures where freedom is pushed to its limits, […]

August 26, 2014

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4:12 PM | Air Force starts search for an RD-180 replacement
Although the supply of Russian-built RD-180 engines that power the first stage of the Atlas V do not appear to be in the same level of jeopardy as feared earlier this year—United Launch Alliance took delivery of two of those engines last week—the US Air Force is starting to lay the groundwork for development of [...]
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12:46 PM | Democracy & the science communication environment (video lecture)
Posted synopsis & slides a while back but for anyone who wants to watch the event (Cardiff Univ., Feb. 2014, here you go!  
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4:07 AM | Is This Thermodynamically Possible?
A report on Gizmodo describes what appears to be a huge imminent breakthrough in desalinization. But it seems reminiscent of an implementation of Maxwell's demon. Is this for real? [more]
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3:38 AM | Economic Critique of GDP
Dietz Vollrath: "Imagine if, having invented Diet Coke, you could make copies for free. That would lower GDP, as Coca-Cola would drop to essentially zero revenue from here forward. But it’s demonstrably better, right? Free Diet Coke?" [more]
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2:40 AM | Improve Safety for Forklift Operators by Maximizing Peripheral Vision
Safety is a primary concern for anyone who works in construction and manufacturing performing any activity that requires eye protection. The proper eye protection especially is important for those who operate forklifts and other types of mobile equipment. Simply putting on the latest fashionable safety glasses is not enough in the case of forklift operators. [...]
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2:16 AM | (Infographic) Germs in The Office: Do You Know Where Your Phone Has Been?
Source: Ehstoday.com Related Training DVDs: Housekeeping Safety: A Team Approach Training DVD Shows employees how working together as a team to keep a clean work area can help minimize incidents. View Product Housekeeping It Ain’t Like The Movies Training DVD Importance of good housekeeping and the necessity [...]
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1:49 AM | City to Pay $26M Because it Didn’t Let Workers Nap on Their Meal Breaks
A tired worker is a potentially unsafe worker. So, you’d think it’d be more important to have well rested employees than to be concerned about images of workers sleeping during their meal breaks. That’s what you’d think. But it took a multi-million dollar lawsuit for officials in Los Angeles to learn that lesson. L.A. officials had [...]
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12:48 AM | This Is What Workplace Safety in China Looks Like
Related Construction Safety Training DVDs: Construction Safety Orientation For Employees Training Video Program It explains the “what” and “why” of various OSHA construction topics. View Product Personal Protective Equipment in Construction Environments Specifically created to assist construction workers in selecting proper Personal Protective Equipment. View Product Fall Protection for Construction – [...]

August 25, 2014

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10:50 PM | Science Meets Law and Loses Again
There's an excellent and thoughtful piece on Medium by David Wolman on the prosecution of geophysicists in the aftermath of the disastrous d'Aquila earthquake in Italy. [more]
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2:56 PM | Lewandowsky on "knowing disbelief"
So my obsession with the WIGOITH (“What is going on in their heads”) question hasn’t abated since last week.  The question is put, essentially, by the phenomenon of “knowing disbelief.” This, anyway, is one short-hand I can think of for describing the situation of someone who, on the one hand, displays a working comprehension of and assent to some body of evidence-based propositions about how the world works but who simultaneously, on the other, expresses-- […]

August 24, 2014

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9:15 PM | Texas and Climate Change – Victim, Villain, or Hero?
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5g_j_2WByk&w=560&h=315] mt tries to paint a picture of a future where Texas helps the transition to the post-carbon world rather than hindering it. Far-fetched? Maybe not as much as it might at first appear.
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9:11 PM | Texas and Climate Change – Victim, Villain, or Hero
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2:35 PM | Weekend update: "Knowing disbelief in evolution"-- a fragment
Covers familiar ground for the 14.6 billion regular readers of this blog, but for the benefit of the 2 or so billion nonregulars who tune in on a given day here is a portion of the Measurement Problem paper exposing the invalidity of the NSF Science Indicators' "evolution" measure.  What is obsessing and confounding me -- as I indicated in the recent "What exactly is going on in their heads?" post--is how to understand and make sense of the perspective of the "knowing disbeliever": in […]

August 23, 2014

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1:37 PM | Weekend update: "Culture is prior to fact" & what that implies about resolving political conflict over risk
The idea that cultural cognition and related dynamics are peculiar to "unsettled" issues, or ones where the scientific evidence is not yet "clearly established," is a recurring theme.  For some reason, the recent "What exactly is going on in their heads?" post has stimulated many commentators -- in the discussion thread & in correspondence -- to advance this claim.  In fact, that view is at odds with the central tenet of cultural cognition as a research program. […]

August 22, 2014

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4:40 PM | This Is Not Good News
And don’t say “yeah, except for John McCain”…. Russian “aid”: The Russian military has moved artillery units manned by Russian personnel inside Ukrainian territory in recent days and is using them to fire at Ukrainian forces, NATO officials said on Friday…. “Russian artillery support — both cross-border and from within Ukraine — is being employed against […]
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2:57 PM | For what it's worth: breaking down "belief in" GW vs. "belief in" AGW as function of partisanship & OCSI
As a result of (a) my aggregation of responses to the two-part question used to assess "belief in" human-caused global warming and (b) my failure to indicate that in the Figure label, there was some understandable confusion in the discussion in response to the "What exactly is going on in their heads?" post. This should help. Again, the "belief in" question I used -- patterned on standard opinion polling ones used by firms like Pew & Gallup-- has two parts: "From what you’ve read and […]
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2:28 PM | For Our Own Good
If there was a golden age for American media, it was long ago and it was short. Over at The Atlantic, Torie Rose DeGhett has an excellent, utterly unsurprising article about a photograph taken in the last hours in the first Gulf War. The work of  the the then 28 year old  photographer Kenneth Jarecke, […]
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1:23 PM | House gearing up for CR to last until December
With no sign of progress on appropriations bills stalled in the Senate, the House is making plans to pass a “clean” continuing resolution that will keep the government running at least into December, a top House member said this week. In an interview with the Capitol Hill publication Roll Call Wednesday in Philadelphia, Rep. Paul [...]
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