Years ago, I lost my temper while arguing with my brother, and said, "Jeff, I could teach you everything I know and you'd still be an idiot." Please keep that in mind as you read this site.

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EveryBlock and Toronto

As reported two weeks ago, MSNBC has acquired EveryBlock, a web-based tool that aggregates crime data, restaurant reviews, health inspections, local news and...
August 24, 2009

Who Owns Your Data?

Nature's "Great Beyond" blog reports another attempt to force climate scientists to release their data. I'm of at least two minds on this: I believe openness...
August 24, 2009

Science and JoVE

Science and JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments, have partnered to produce and publish scientific videos online. The aim is to enhance scientific art...
August 24, 2009

Playing Safe

This thoughtful article from the New York Times asks whether the current grant system for funding research discourages researchers from taking risks. My per...
August 24, 2009

Bad News and Good News

The bad news is, retractions of scientific papers have risen tenfold since 1990. The good news is, the rate has gone from 0.0007% to 0.007%. Going back to ba...
August 24, 2009