Category Archives: Fun

A Theory about Questions in Paper Titles

I have this hypothesis about scientific papers: If the title of the paper contains a question, the paper answers the question with a “no”. My own examples: Is the Ewald summation still necessary? Can imaginary frequency instantaneous normal modes predict … Continue reading

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Sally Forth and Me…

About these comics: Ces Marciuliano (the writer of Sally Forth) and I shared adjoining dorm rooms when we were undergrads. He’s been dropping his friends’ names in his strips since he took over the gig from Greg Howard, and for … Continue reading

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Fun with Bessel Functions

Almost everyone has seen that wonderful first picture of a “Quantum Corral” from the now-famous paper by Crommie, Lutz and Eigler (Confinement of electrons to quantum corrals on a metal surface. Science 262, 218-220 (1993)). The surface states of the … Continue reading

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Dance Like A Monkey!

Holy Cow. The legendary punk rock group, The New York Dolls, are back! And they recently went back into the studio to make a new album called One Day It Will Please Us To Remember Even This. On this album … Continue reading

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So….

So, imagine that there’s this odd verbal tic of most scientists in the US. They like to start sentences and paragraphs with the word “so” even if they aren’t drawing conclusions from discussions that went before. Back in January, The … Continue reading

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Where’s the Fun in Home Experments?

Wired magazine has an article called “Don’t Try This at Home” which starts by describing a recent CPSC raid on the house of the family that runs United Nuclear. We’ve mentioned UnitedNuclear before. They’re one of the few companies still … Continue reading

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Adium X

A brief break from the ongoing discussion to point out Adium X, which is an open source IM tool for Mac OS X. The cool thing about it is that if you happen to have the OS X Equation Service … Continue reading

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Freakishly good rant involving monkey urine

I won’t even post a summary. Just read Evil Monkey’s inspired rant over at NEUROTOPIA. [tags]science, graduate school[/tags]

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Best comic ever

Today’s Non Sequitir hits the nail on the head.

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Pandora & The Music Genome Project

This isn’t directly related to Science or Software (the topics that usually occupy my writing here at OpenScience), but Pandora.com is changing how I listen to music. The Pandora site claims to be powered by something called The Music Genome … Continue reading

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