Saturday, November 24, 2012

Science Saturday - 11/24/12 Edition

Five science stories, each with its own slight post-election political twist

In the interest of keeping our intermittently-published but ever-popular Science Saturday feature alive, here are a few science-related items which we've rounded up since our most recent Science Saturday article.  Following closely on the heels of the 2012 general election political season, each of these items, coincidentally enough, includes at least its own slight political twist

1) Scientists identify another possible planet where Earthlings might be able to escape, once greedheads like the Koch Brothers finally succeed in destroying our planet's habitat:
2) Some scientific experimental video raw data worthy of note.  Capuchin Monkeys don't like being screwed over, same as humans, we guess:
If monkeys reject unequal pay, shouldn't "Walmart "associates", we ask?

A couple of links from Scientific American, which also overlap into the political realm:

3) Like the honey badger, "math has shown itself to be quite the badass of late":
Yep. "There are many complicated reasons why people react with 'math anxiety,' but one of them might be the fact that math is just so damned unyielding, the enemy of wishful thinking, dashing our most cherished hopes with its cold hard facts. And is it sorry? It is not! Like the infamous honey badger, math don’t care. Math don’t give a s$%."

4) "U.S. voters must push candidates and elected officials to express their views on the major science questions facing the nation or risk losing out to those countries with reality-based policies," says SA contributor Shawn Lawrence Otto:
The larger question of course remains unanswered: "What has turned so many Americans against science—the very tool that has transformed the quality and quantity of their lives?"

5) And last but not least, here's yet another encouraging science-related article, with a further, even more practical political twist, picking up where the previous article left off:
Tantalizing prospective development (in theory, at least). But knowing our Republican "friends" as we do, we suppose (sadly) that we won't be holding our breath, awaiting an early revised edition of the GOP Big Book.

That's it, folks. The floor's open for your ever-savvy comments, WCF Science Nuts!


Dan S. said...

Rudi, how can you forget to include this week's Doonesbury? Start here:

rudizink said...

 Good catch, Dan.  Thanx!

Blackrulon said...

In regards to the Doonesbury comic I have a question. Do those who believe in a strict  biblical theory of the age of the earth believe in any number more than 6000?

Dan S. said...

Danny said...

I love the monkey video.  It was enlightening.

As far as planets, what difference does it make how many they find, if we have no way to get to them other than impulse rockets?  They need to spend money inventing warp drive instead of all these impulse rockets.

As far as people not believing in science, that is dumb.  Everyone believes in science.  As far as how old the Earth is, I do believe in the Bible.  But I don't know how old the Earth is, or how old the constituents of the Earth are, and neither does anyone else.  Until they do, nobody should teach their myths in school, whether they are religionists or darwinists.


Bob Becker said...

Paul Krugman's column in today's SL Trib is on the same topic. (On tablet and I don't know how to link from here. Sorry.)

rudizink said...

Get real, Danny!  Who are you gonna believe, Smart Scientists who are using the rational brains that YOUR god gave them, or a horde of  yehudis from the north side of the Sahara in ancient times?

Dan S. said...

You should run for office, Danny. That kind of willful ignorance is quite popular among candidates.

The earth is four and a half billion years old, and this fact is known with more certainty than most of the facts that are routinely taught in schools without controversy.

The atoms that make up the earth formed mostly in stars, over a long period of time stretching back from just before 4.5 billion years ago to about 13 billion years ago. Before that nearly all matter was in the form of hydrogen and helium. Very little primordial helium is found in the earth today, but much of the hydrogen in earth's oceans is primordial, dating back to the hot, early universe, 13.7 billion years ago.

All of this is settled science.

Blackrulon said...

I just realized that today is the aaniversary of the day in 1859 that Charles Darwin published "On the Origin of Species". Which serves as a reminder that people who are denying science haven't moved past 1859.

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