That's one of the reasons why strategic weapons are so fundamentally dangerous: a nation doesn't need to have any in order to fall victim to their effects. For a real historical example, look up the 1995 sounding rocket incident, in which Norwegian scientists accidentally almost provoked a full nuclear response from… » 10/17/14 6:02am 10/17/14 6:02am

This stuff is such bulshytt, even on this guy's own terms. Early humans had technological tools and hierarchical societies. Different people got spears or digging sticks, contributing to stratification of society. And life expectancies were brief. It's ridiculous to suggest that early people were more "robust" than… » 9/11/14 12:44pm 9/11/14 12:44pm

The SLS is, unfortunately, *exactly* the product of corrupt politicians. NASA was internally considering much more efficient, achievable, cost-effective approaches to building a true space exploration infrastructure - on-orbit fuel depots - when the members of congress with districts including Space Shuttle jobs… » 8/28/14 8:37am 8/28/14 8:37am

I have to disagree about the world-building. The prequels are a great example of how not to build a world: it's an extremely heavyhanded approach, where the level of detail goes way beyond what's necessary and the characters have to stop and have a conference so they can address the audience at length and deliver… » 8/20/14 1:42pm 8/20/14 1:42pm

I dislike this idea almost as much as I dislike the idea of an "Incredibles" sequel. "Galaxy Quest" is just too perfect a standalone movie: it's the best parody of Star Trek ever conceived, it's actually got a plot with heavy character development, it's surprising, funny, charming, and its 90 minutes demonstrate… » 8/01/14 9:13am 8/01/14 9:13am

Yeah, it may seem a mixed blessing of sorts. But since the closed-loop "bionic pancreas" involves three infusion sites and I - being a skinny guy - struggle with one, I'm happy to offload an insertion site to something noninvasive. Besides, diabetes treatment is a very data-heavy process anyway, and if Google notices… » 7/15/14 10:08am 7/15/14 10:08am

If one can't reproduce results, how does one know that the same effects happen in the real world? The reproducibility requirements of the scientific method are critical to maintaining the relevance of any findings. Otherwise, I can always plausibly suggest that an experiment or analysis doesn't hold up beyond academia. » 7/08/14 5:30am 7/08/14 5:30am