The worst scientific theories about why you vote

There are a zillion studies about why and how people vote that are depressing, because they reveal just how arbitrary our choices can be. How you vote is affected by where your polling place is, the time of day when you vote, what people said to you in the days leading up to the election, and of course your cultural… » 11/06/12 4:00pm 11/06/12 4:00pm

Engineers teach $400,000 robot to autonomously clean up turds

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania's GRASP Lab have taught Willow Garage's PR2 robot to identify feces based on color, confront the offending substances, and dispose of them in a state-of-the-art plastic bucket. And judging from this video, UPenn gave GRASP a blank check for their fake excrement budget. » 10/17/11 12:55pm 10/17/11 12:55pm

Wall Street Journal: If there can be FTL neutrinos, why can't climate…

Over at the Wall Street Journal, op-edster Robert Bryce has decided that climate change is basically no longer an issue. Mostly he means to say that it's dead as a political issue — he cites the failure of climate talks to produce reasonable carbon taxes and credits. But he doesn't stop there. He thinks it may be dead… » 10/06/11 4:30pm 10/06/11 4:30pm

How evolutionary psychology proved some old folklore...and why both…

There's an old bit of folklore that children tend to more closely resemble their fathers than their mothers. There's a possible evolutionary explanation for this, and one study seemed to confirm it all. Here's why it's all bogus. » 6/19/11 2:45pm 6/19/11 2:45pm

Today's award for "study most likely to be used to reinforce hackneyed…

A new study which shows that wives' sleeping problems have negative impacts on marriages, where husbands' do not. The study was presented at the 25th Anniversary Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, and it showed that when women in the relationship suffered insomnia, both members of the couple… » 6/17/11 1:35pm 6/17/11 1:35pm