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IS THERE A SANTA?

- FROM THE ARCHIVES – Being a scientific investigation of a cultural conundrum Soon it will be Christmas Eve, and once more children will be divided into distinct factions. Here, Cyr [1] described younger children (<7 years) who believe in Santa Claus, and older children (>12 years) who have ditched this ‘childish’ belief. But he fails, by excluding from his questionnaire, to describe a third group who aren’t really sure – the undecided voters if you like. And as the eldest child, I have spent a large part of my life in this group. Moreover, being scientifically minded even at…

FORCING THE WOOKIEE. HOW TO BE BOLD BEING BALD.

Annals of Praetachoral Mechanics (2014). Vol 1. pp79-87 download pdf ABSTRACT The lack of scientific findings in the biological relationship with the Force has limited the therapies available against Force hypersensitivity to psychological therapy. Our lab has unearthed the first link between the Force-enabling midi-chlorians and a regulated biological process, hair growth. Alopecia areata (AA) is a hair condition depicted by hair loss with varying degrees of severity. A recent study has revealed a strong correlation of AA with enhanced connection to the Force. Exome sequencing has revealed two hot spot mutations in the transmembrane protein “so much hair” hormone…

EPISODE 2: UNDERGRADS

Regardless of what you’re studying, if you’ve ever been a TA (teaching assistant), you can relate to this episode. Trying to balance research with his TAing responsibilities, Dave encounters that one student we all love to hate – that’s right, the keener. Meanwhile, Steven tries a different approach when training undergrads. What are some interesting things students have said/done in class? Share your experience with us on YouTube (www.youtube.com/watchTheLab), Twitter (www.twitter.com/watchTheLab), or Facebook (www.facebook.com/watchTheLab). Cast: Frank R. Bailey IV, Daniela Tempesta, Walt Yao, Jonathan Tan, Jasleen Kaur, Dawn Williamson, Dave Walden, Cara Halseth, Diane Nhan, Tanveer Kahlon, Max Clough, and…

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CANDY HIERARCHY 2014: SUPPLEMENTARY RAW DATA

RAW DATA FILE (LINK – xlsx) SOURCES: Cohen B.R. and Ng. D. What are the Best Halloween Candies? Boingboing, October 15th, 2014 – link Cohen B.R. and Ng. D. The Candy Hierarchy 2014. Boingboing, October 31st, 2014 – link ABSTRACT The world renowned “Candy Hierarchy” now enters a new phase of systematics to scientifically measure…

CHAUNCEY BILLINGS SENIOR: AUDIENCE TRANSFORMATION

Chauncey Billings Senior is a self-made man; and by all accounts a successful one. In his youth his father always reminded him that theirs was a life of modest means. Chauncey Senior wasn’t at the top of his small public school, but by the time he was in college he had developed an unshakeable self-confidence, and knew he was destined for great things. Two of his fraternity brothers were drawn to his self-assured manner. It was their family connections that landed him his first and second positions out of school, positions that propelled him into his lucrative white-collar career. With…

WHAT ARE THE BEST HALLOWEEN CANDIES?

This is the real reason we dress up like zombies giant bottles of catsup. David Ng and Ben Cohen present a survey to determine your favorites in anticipation of this year’s all-important hierarchical delineation of candy goodness. – – – Ranking candy hierarchy is properly and obviously the subject of natural science research. It is based on experimental proof, rigorous data analysis, and the metric of repeatability. This is so obvious that we’re not sure why we’re even mentioning it. Even so, even so. We’re open-minded guys. So this past year we added in some social science methodology. Gave us…

EPISODE 1: WELCOME TO GRAD SCHOOL

It’s the beginning of a new semester. So what does that mean for grad students? Watch episode one of “The Lab” as Dave, a typical PhD student, tries to find a way to balance his research work with his social life. What is it like explaining your research to friends and family? Share your experience with us on YouTube (www.youtube.com/watchTheLab), Twitter (www.twitter.com/watchTheLab), or Facebook (www.facebook.com/watchTheLab). Cast: Frank R. Bailey IV, Daniela Tempesta, Walt Yao, Jonathan Tan, Jasleen Kaur, Dawn Williamson, Dave Walden, Cara Halseth, Diane Nhan, Tanveer Kahlon, Max Clough, and Phil Dundas. Director of Photography: Jared Cheer Written by:…

SPACE CHATTER: A MEETING OF TWO PROBES

On September 21, 2014, NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft entered Mars’ orbit. Two days later, Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM)—aka Mangalyaan—also began orbiting the Red Planet. Millions of miles from their home planet, the two met for the first time in space and started a kinship uncharacteristic of most probes. – – – MAVEN: What up Manga? MOM: Greetings Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution. Actually, my given name is Mangalyaan. MAVEN: Call me MAVEN dude. Sorry Manga, your full name’s a bitch to pronounce. MOM: It is extremely cold in this region, no?…