Infographic! #7: Snake-Oil

Visit Information is Beautiful for a interactive infographic summarizing the actual evidence-based efficacy of many common health supplements.

No, that study can’t tell you how to raise your kids

The problem with science in the media… …they’re wrong 90% of the time (totally not made up statistic).  Here’s a run-down of the problem: Step 1:  Someone somewhere decides to do a study, most likely with a tiny sample size, studying something really arbitrary, and possibly on rats. Step 2:  Study is published in a…

Dave. Stop Trafficking, Dave.

Premptive TLDR: Use the TraffickCam website, or download the app (Android or iOS) to leverage new photo recognition technology and crowd-sourcing to fight sex trafficking. The thought that everything we do is being increasingly scrutinized is often terrifying. When we reference HAL spying on his human charges in 2001 Space Oddyssey, or 1984‘s Big Brother watching everything, it evokes fear…

Voltron: The Good Parts Version

The classic film the Princess Bride is a very faithful retelling of the book, but there are a few major differences. Perhaps the largest is the framing of the book–The author, William Goldman, writes himself into the book as an author suffering a mid-life crisis and desperately trying to find a book his father read…

INFOGRAPHICS! #6 Takeout Food

You must go to CIAT’s (the International Center for Tropical Algriculture) website to explore their interactive food infographic. There, you can learn where foods originated, where they come from, and where they go to. There are three types of interactive infographics provided: By hovering over specific lines, locations, or image elements you will be provided…

Why I am Agnostic and Proud

Agnosticism is of the essence of science, whether ancient or modern. It simply means that a man shall not say he knows or believes that which he has no scientific grounds for professing to know or believe. Consequently Agnosticism puts aside not only the greater part of popular theology, but also the greater part of…

Harnessing Energy

A quick collection of some of the most inspiring new technologies to help to energize our world. Note that these are being posted in a fit of techno-optimism, and you should probably be more cynical than I am being in presenting these as TOTALLY AWESOME WORLD-CHANGING AMAZE-BALLS! There are very real obstacles to realizing each…

INFOGRAPHICS! #5: The Universe Of Stephen King

Unless you live in the Amazonian rainforest, your life has probably somehow been touched by the work of Stephen King. His characters and stories have permeated our collective unconscious for decades. There are movies, books, graphic novels, and video games based on his work, not to mention the countless works of art, music, and literature he’s…

Through the Mind’s Eye of A.I.

In the last year or so we’ve seen major leaps in the types of things that computers can do better than people. We’ve known for decades that they can crunch numbers faster, but today, neural networks and deep learning systems are beginning to perform more abstract and complex feats like winning at games like Chess, and…

Tillandsia

Often, we collect knowledge, but we do not foster the understanding necessary to apply that knowledge. For example, imagine a redwood seed planted carefully in the ground and properly tended. After a year, it is a sturdy sapling, and each year after that it grows a little faster. After two decades, the tree is as…

The Time I Shook Hands With Ali

  By now everyone has heard about the unfortunate passing of Mohammed Ali, one of the greatest sports figures of all time. He was an incredible boxer, activist, and all around cultural icon. He was at one time the most recognizeable celebrity on the planet. He was to sports what the Beatles were to pop…