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Dear Dr. B: Can you make up anything in theoretical physics? (It may sometimes seem like that from the outside looking in, but really, no, you can't.) http://backreaction.blogspot.com/2015/08/dear-dr-b-can-you-make-up-anything-in.html
"Theoretical physicists, as they “make up theories” are not free to just do whatever they like. The standards in physics are high, both in experiment and in theory, because there are so many data that are known so precisely. New theories have to be consistent with all the high precision data that we have accumulated in hundreds of years, and theories in physics must be cast in the form of mathematics;"
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Learning from Hume; or, Hume and Particle Physics. "how would a true Humean regard today’s theoretical accounts of the world?" http://www.3quarksdaily.com/3quarksdaily/2015/08/learning-from-hume-or-hume-and-particle-physics.html
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For a brief time I thought rembering the wrong Hume .... Leibnitz or Spinoza being more familiar. Will dive into it; thanks +Jennifer Ouellette​ ☺ 
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This Is What Controversies Look Like in the Twittersphere. A new way of analyzing disagreement on social media reveals that arguments in the Twittersphere look like fireworks. http://www.technologyreview.com/view/539856/this-is-what-controversies-look-like-in-the-twittersphere/ 
A new way of analyzing disagreement on social media reveals that arguments in the Twittersphere look like fireworks.
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A remote island, an Arctic expedition, a one-way trip to Mars – what drives our urge to explore the farthest reaches? http://aeon.co/magazine/culture/what-drives-the-urge-to-explore/
A remote island, an Arctic expedition, a one-way trip to Mars – what drives our urge to explore the farthest reaches?
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Don't clean the outhouse.  Find a new place and dig a fresh hole.  We're running out of new places.
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Check Out How The Solar System Moves In This Interactive Map http://io9.com/check-out-how-the-solar-system-moves-in-this-interactiv-1721524536
This is pretty awesome: an interactive map of the solar system that lets you see how the major objects in our solar system move around the sun. Click and drag to see where everything will be relative to one another at any given date.
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"Mom Bod": A comic about all the physical realities (i.e., changes) that accompany becoming a mom. http://gutsmagazine.ca/featured/comic
Rebecca Roher's original comic illustrates the physical tumult of childbirth and the transformative experience of becoming a mom
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Tiny black holes could trigger collapse of universe—except that they don't. In principle, a tiny black hole could seed the formation of a new vacuum just as an impurity can seed the formation of a bubble in boiling water. http://news.sciencemag.org/europe/2015/08/tiny-black-holes-could-trigger-collapse-universe-except-they-dont
Instead, some new physics must stave off doom, analysis suggests
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Wolfgang von Kempelen's chess-playing automaton. Long before Deep Blue, a chess-playing machine – the Mechanical Turk – fooled the world and helped to inspire the computer. http://aeon.co/video/technology/kempelens-chess-playing-automaton-from-hoax-to-science/
Long before Deep Blue, a chess-playing machine – the Mechanical Turk – fooled the world and helped to inspire the computer
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Inside the Goth Chicken: Black Bones, Black Muscle & a Black Heart http://nautil.us/blog/inside-the-goth-chicken-black-bones-black-muscle--a-black-heart 
In the historical novel The Black Tulip, written by Alexandre Dumas, an honest and decent Dutch tulip fancier is nearly brought to…
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The Microscopic Beauty of a Water Splatter. This striking image of a water droplet drying was captured by accident. http://discovermagazine.com/2015/sept/5-drip-dry
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BIG Architects has a feasible strategy for converting four iconic smokestacks in the center of London into a series of gigantic pedestrian-powered Tesla coils. http://weburbanist.com/2015/08/02/big-plans-to-turn-4-london-power-plant-chimneys-into-tesla-coils/
It may have come as something of a shock to their client, as the scheme has not yet been approved, but BIG Architects has a feasible strategy for converting four iconic smokestacks in the center of...
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Whoop de doo. Let's make NOx and Ozone and waste electricity.
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The Hammersmith Ghost Murder Trial. "Is it legal to commit murder in self-defense? How about if you genuinely believed that the person you killed was a ghost?" http://drvitelli.typepad.com/providentia/2015/08/the-hammersmith-ghost-murder-trial.html
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you an attorney?
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Science writer, cocktail physics
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I'm a science writer, author of several popular science books for general readers. I also have my own blog at Scientific American, Cocktail Party Physics. Most recent books: "Me, Myself and Why: Searching for the Science of Self," coming out January 28, 2014, and "The Calculus Diaries: How Math Can Help You Lose Weight, Win in Vegas, and Survive a Zombie Apocalypse" (2010).
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Married to +Sean Carroll (affectionately known as the Time Lord). Black belt in jujitsu (although I no longer practice). Ran a program for two years matching scientists with writers, producers and directors in Hollywood, for the National Academy of Sciences. Dedicated to stamping out the notion of "two cultures": science is as much a part of creative human endeavor as the arts. I make a mean pad thai. Also orange/cranberry scones. Quite possibly first and only person to utter the phrase "negative index of refraction" on late-night TV (Craig Ferguson).
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