Your Cat’s Not Stupid Nor Deaf , It Doesn’t Care – Scientific Proof

That when you call a cat it simply doesn't arrive, when you call a dog it does, is entirely true. This could be because cats are deaf, because they're stupid even. In fact, it turns out that they just...

Do You Know More Science Than The Average American? Take The Test

Sure, obviously, the answer is yes. But how much more? The discussion of the results is here. The test is here. And to the real point of this: Average score: 6.7 correct answers of out 11 (61% correct), which is...

Contrary To Belief The Patent System Actually Works

If you register a patent then you get exclusive use of that idea for a time. This limits who else may use that idea. But, also, you must disclose what your idea is in that very patent. This will...

Of Course Humans Ate The Megafauna – Just Not Quite The Way We...

This is looking specifically at Madagascar which appears to be a little different from the Mauritius, or New Zealand, experience. But with such events that are close enough to us in time that we can study them in detail...

Language Depends Upon Those Over Processed, Softer, Foods

Or at least the language that we speak today depends upon processed and softer foods that came with the rise of agriculture and static living. It's not so much the agriculture, as the staying in the one place, for...

A Rather Cool Way To Measure Earth’s Wandering Magnetic Field – Stone Walls

When people divided up the virgin lands of North America they used, not unnaturally, magnetic north to aid in delineating boundaries. That magnetic north has changed since then so, are the stone walls out of line with what we'd...

If Marriage Is In The Genes Then So, Likely, Is Intelligence

It's one of the more bizarre beliefs of the modern left that genes don't play any part in intelligence. That we're born as a tabula rasa, it being society and solely society that imprints upon us. It is this...

Quite Why The Zebra’s Stripes – Flies Don’t Like ‘Em.

From the Annals of the Weird But Seemingly True. Really, flies don't like stripes: Zebra’s stripes are a no fly zone for flies Zebras are famous for their contrasting black and white stripes – but until very recently no one really...

Science Works Just Like The Economy – Large Means Innovation, Small Means Invention

It might seem a little odd that large teams in science mean development while small teams lead to disruption and invention. Large teams have more brains, larger budgets, so we'd expect them to be able to create the big...

They’ve Not Found Ancient Beer In Cambridge – Ale Instead

Apparently they've found Iron Age beer, or the remains of it, in roadworks in Cambridgeshire - this isn't true, they've found ale instead. OK, true, the distinction I'm talking about is archaic but then when talking about archaeology we...

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A Rise In The Price Of Gold Kills Baby Girls In...

This isn't what we' want to be happening but then economics is a normative, not positive, science. It describes what happens, not what ought...