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Was this winter’s weather due to climate change?

Scientists have agreed that, unusual as some weather event may be, a single event cannot by itself be clearly linked to the climate change they are predicting is going to occur as a result of the greenhouse gases we humans … Continue reading

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Organic soup or hot bubbles?

For eighty years, scientists have had a theory about how and where life got started on Earth.  It’s known as the Organic Soup theory, which suggests that early life got started in a soup of methane, ammonia and water that … Continue reading

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The Higgs Bosom box of tricks

A friend suggested that a concrete example of the Higgs Bosom might make what the Higgs does a little clearer. Here is another way of looking at it. Think of a whole box filled with a lot of little toys … Continue reading

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Is science worth bothering with?

The Decline Effect reveals a source of uncertainty, a reason why scientific facts might be wrong.  So is science so riddled with potential error that we should give it up?  Is it too biased to bother with? Only people who … Continue reading

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Flying around the world isn’t correctly Euclidean

The Abel Prize – the “Nobel prize of mathematics” – was awarded this year to a man who proved that the shortest distance between two points isn’t always a straight line.   Most of us were taught in geometry that it … Continue reading

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Finger-counting

When I was a child in school, we were taught that using our fingers to figure out the answer to an arthmetic problem was wrong.  Some kids even got their hands slapped for doing it. But it looks as if … Continue reading

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We can relax: the world will still be there

Two independent teams of scientists – one in Japan, the other in Tokyo – have just announced research which offers strong support for the view that reality continues to exist even when no one is thinking about it. Whew! I … Continue reading

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