Tag Archives: Science

Happy fourth anniversary, Retraction Watch

Originally posted on Retraction Watch:
Yesterday was our fourth birthday. We published our first post, “Why write a blog about retractions?” on August 3, 2010, and the anniversary seems as good a time as any to review where we’ve been.…

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Laboratory Life, B. Latour & S. Woolgar (1979)

Originally posted on A Fine Theorem:
Let’s do one more post on the economics of science; if you haven’t heard of Latour and the book that made him famous, all I can say is that it is 30% completely crazy…

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Science bounty hunters?

Dr Christopher Keating says via his global warming website that he is willing to pay a bounty or reward of $10,000 USD to anyone who is able to disprove global warming. The official rules of this contest are thus: 1. Dr Keating will … Continue reading

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Turing test bet

Alan Turing’s simple machine intelligence test has been in the news lately. It is worth noting that there are many possible versions of Turing’s test. One version of the test, for example, is currently the subject of a $20,000 bet between Ray Kurzweil … Continue reading

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“The evolutionary path of the law”

That is the title of our review of Nature’s Oracle, Ullica Segerstrale’s recent biography of the life and work of W.D. “Bill” Hamilton. Please enjoy responsibly …

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“Do you know … bees have no judges or lawyers?”

This iconoclastic quotation — from the private correspondence of the late great evolutionary biologist W. D. “Bill” Hamilton — appears on page 46 of Nature’s Oracle, Professor Ullica Segerstrale’s masterful biography of the life and work of the man. Professor Hamilton spent … Continue reading

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Stephen Hawking wins theoretical physics bet …

Or has he?  Prof. Hawking had bet Neil Turok, the director of the Perimeter Institute in Canada, that gravitational waves from the cosmic big bang would eventually be detected.  But according to this report in The Guardian, Dr. Turok refuses to pay up … for now. … Continue reading

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