Research

The Power of Position

How we position our bodies says a lot to others about our confidence and our abilities, but it also says a lot to us. Thanks to Cody Wanner for pointing me toward this wonderful TED video. I would love to know more about her study techniques, and the graph with a non-zero baseline bugs me, […]

The Future Is Almost Here

Yes, the title is a little bit of a play on words, since we know that as Annie sings, tomorrow is always a day away. Still, reading this article (HT: Gene Rohrbaugh) about autonomous cars made me feel a little like the futuristic self-driving car is not that far off anymore. A new law in […]

TMQ Tidbits of the Week

Once again, here is the best of Gregg Easterbrook’s Tuesday Morning Quarterback column on ESPN.com. You can read the football bits here. A Cosmic Thought A generation ago “exoplanets” — beyond the solar system — had not been found. Now hundreds are known and the list grows weekly. Recently NASA’s Kepler probe, the first space device specifically designed to look […]

The Power of Introverts

This is an amazing and powerful talk from Susan Cain at TED this year about the power of introverts. She suggests that our current education and work environments have shifted from catered toward introverts to heavily favoring extroverts. She asks for us to provide space for both. This is worth the listen, and consideration for […]

Interesting Statistics from 60 Minutes

I can’t embed the videos here at this point, but here are a series of videos from recent 60 Minutes episodes that reference statistics in the news. First, on a recent case of forged credentials and misrepresented data at Duke University. The main piece can be found here. A bit about the researcher and his overstated […]

An Exercise for the Patient

At the University of Queensland they have a Physics experiment that has been going on since 1927. The initial setup alone took three years before the experiment itself could begin in 1930. The experiment is ongoing with no end in sight. Here is the story from the University website: The first Professor of Physics at […]

On the High Price of Journals

I’ve commented before on the (shameful) prices of scholarly journals, especially when the research itself is taxpayer funded. If we all paid for the research, it is a shame that we can’t read the results without having more to pay. Barbara Fister comments on this at Inside Higher Ed: What is it we are getting […]