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On What Time Is "Primordial Gravitational Waves"?

@Annie K. Gravitational waves are difficult to detect - no one has really done it directly - since they are so weak. There was, however, a time when they were plentiful and intense: right after the Big Bang. The gravity waves induced a kind of anisotropy in the way that electrons scatter/polarize photons, and this anisotropy persists to the present day.

Posted on March 17, 2014 at 12:52 pm 1

On The Seven Deadly Sins In Order Of How Much Effort It Requires To Commit Them

Gluttony drops a notch if you have the pizza place in your speed dial.

Posted on February 19, 2014 at 3:55 pm 1

On Ask Polly: Should I Play It Cool—Or Ask Him For More And Be "That Girl"?

@HelloTheFuture There's not actually much information about Dude, here, so it's hard to tell.

For all we know, LW might finally indicate her needs to him, and he responds positively. Or he could respond negatively, but in a forthright manner characteristic of a secure style.

Posted on February 12, 2014 at 1:28 pm 0

On Bizarre Perma-Tadpole Axolotl Now Extinct in the Wild

Poor amphibians. Their sorptive skin just sucks in pollutants.

Posted on February 4, 2014 at 11:52 am 1

On Is the Voynich Manuscript Mexican? Scientists Say "Maybe," Ugh

Cretan Linear B was another language that was only deciphered recently (1950s). I think they were able to do this since they had a working language (archaic Greek) to help constrain the possibilities.

Posted on February 3, 2014 at 10:52 pm 0

On What Time Is the Super Bowl... ON THE MOON?

"Triangle thing" is called "nabla" in some contexts.

Posted on January 31, 2014 at 4:46 pm 0

On What If These TED Talks Were Horribly, Unspeakably Wrong?

@stuffisthings "The above people are wrong for reasons that would require an explanation approximately as long as the videos themselves. However, since this is a blog, you should just take my word for it."

Posted on January 17, 2014 at 3:42 pm 0

On What If These TED Talks Were Horribly, Unspeakably Wrong?

What is wrong with Keith's sulfuric acid suggestion again? Author doesn't really address it, except to reinforce how the word "acid" makes the proposal sound all scary.

Posted on January 17, 2014 at 2:40 pm 1

On Russian Sky Explosion Maximum Power

All media analysis aside, the dash cam footage became a very important scientific record of the event. The dash cam footage can by synced with high-altitude telemetric tracking data to reconstruct not only the path of the meteorite but also its temperature, etc.

Incidentally, most of the people injured by the meteorite were standing at their windows watching the lights in the sky. When the shockwave hit, their windows shattered and they were cut badly. So: if this happens to your city, stay away from the window.

Posted on January 3, 2014 at 12:20 pm 1

On Remember This Guy?

Don't be so snotty! Remember how that movie about the runner-up in the 1984 election (Mondale!) went on to win the Palm d'Or at Cannes?

Posted on December 18, 2013 at 1:27 pm 0