Weak Statistical Standards Implicated In Scientific Irreproducibility
Five sigma is the standard of proof in Physics. The probability of a background fluctuation is a p-value of something like 0.0000006.
Dark Matter, WIMPS, and NASA's Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer Data
The really silly thing about the dust-up with AMS is that the PAMELA experiment (later confirmed by Fermi) made the exact same measurement and is credited with the discovery. AMS just re-did it with smaller error bars.
Here's the original PAMELA paper from 2009: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v458/n7238/full/nature07942.html (preprint here: http://arxiv.org/abs/0810.4995 )
The dark matter interpretation isn't even new. All AMS has brought is smaller error bars.
Fuel Cell Marvel "Bloom Box" Gaining Momentum
It takes in hydrocarbons and oxygen and puts out energy? Am I a skeptic for thinking that this thing must be releasing lots of CO2? I cannot find any description of how it works. I have no doubt that it produces energy, but if it is producing gaseous CO2, it won't really help with the fundamental problem.
Call For Scientific Research Code To Be Released
In the case of publicly-funded research, I'd first like to compel scientists to publish their work in a free-to-read format. Many journals do not make the articles available to the public. It seems a little wrong that public money goes to pay for research and then the results of the research -- the journal articles -- aren't available to the public.
Revenge of the Sith Easter Eggs
When doing some physics (like quantum field theory) it is useful to adopt unit conventions where c=1. Using this convention, space and time would have same dimension. How long a time is 12 parsecs? It's the amount of time it takes light to travel 12 parsecs.
In this unit system, speeds are dimensionless which might explain: "She'll make .5 past light speed."