In Pursuit of Virtue – July Edition

Notable articles and snippets from last week abound… But who will build the roads? The free market, as it has for a very long time. Scientists have finally decoded the physics behind earphone and other ropy tangles. Absolute truth in reality versus relative experience as reality – Einstein meets Tagore. Firefighters don’t actually fight fires…

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Wiki Wednesday – Miller-Urey Experiment

On the origin of life… The Miller–Urey experiment (or Urey–Miller experiment) was an experiment that simulated the conditions thought at the time to be present on the early Earth, and tested for the occurrence of chemical origins of life. Specifically, the experiment tested Alexander Oparin’s and J. B. S. Haldane’s hypothesis that conditions on the…

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Lunar Coincidence

I am almost certain that it wasn’t “luck” – even if the scientific reason remains unknown: It is an interesting coincidence that the Moon should so nearly perfectly blot out the Sun, since there is really no physical reason why this has be the case. The Moon happens to be about 400 times smaller than…

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Black Gold’s Sources

Much has been made about the role that hydraulic fracturing – or fracking — has played in revolutionizing the energy landscape, unlocking vast new reserves of oil trapped in shale rock. This “tight oil” is pouring into the global pool of oil supplies at a crucial time, preventing oil prices from spiking in an age…

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Wiki Wednesday – Ravens

The Raven Paradox, to be more precise: The raven paradox, also known as Hempel’s paradox or Hempel’s ravens, is a paradox arising from the question of what constitutes evidence for a statement. Observing objects that are neither black nor ravens may formally increase the likelihood that all ravens are black – even though, intuitively, these…

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