Skepchick Quickies 5.20


Amanda is a science grad student in Boston whose favorite pastimes are having friendly debates and running amok.

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        1. Are you the Bob (or was it Rob? Or maybe Bib?) from Atlanta that I met at the bar at NECSS? If/when we meet again, I will surely not recognize you, so we can have the exact same conversation all over again! Woot! (Something about Alan Sokol or my niece who will be attending Georgia Tech in the fall, IIRC? Or maybe that was a different Bob or Rob?)

  1. You see cat and dolphin. I see two vicious and intelligent predators. Same with cat and owl, though I was seriously distracted by the invasive swallow-wort. This stuff is seriously nasty. Very hard to kill, breaking up the roots just creates multiple new plants, climbs over and chokes everything, and the seed pods resemble milk weed enough that Monarchs lay their eggs in them, but the caterpillars can’t digest the contents and die.

    Otherwise, seriously cute.

    1. Good point. For example, Hawking and Thorne’s famous bet with John Preskill about whether quantum state information could be destroyed by black holes. (Hawking conceded and paid Preskill off with a copy of Total Baseball

      P.S. Googling “hawking scientific controversies” produced lots of interesting links, many having little or nothing to do with Hawking.

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