Archive for September 7th, 2006

Sticky Superstitions

| September 7, 2006 | 10 Replies
Sticky Superstitions

A week or two ago, Erich provided a link to a page entitled, “Why Won’t God Heal Amputees?”. The site has a number of excellent videos, among them a 10-minute short that equates prayer with any other form of superstition. If not equal in terms of dogmatic obedience, prayer and superstition at least share the […]

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Can You Have a Barn Without Uranium?

| September 7, 2006 | 4 Replies
Can You Have a Barn Without Uranium?

I was perusing a back issue of Physics Today, reading an article about events at the Large Hadron Collider, when I noticed the word, “femtobarn”. It was defined as 10-39 sq.cm. or a decimal followed by 38 zeros then a one. This is pretty small. As a midwesterner, I thought I knew the size of […]

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