The Miracle on the Hudson Revisited

On January 15 2009, six minutes after takeoff, US Airways Flight 1549 was ditched into the Hudson River, partly a result of the heroic efforts of Captain Chesley B. Sullenberger. The aircraft had sustained perilous engine damage due to a bird strike. With both engines disabled and therefore incapable of generating thrust, the plane had […]

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Why Astrology Is Nonsense

Astrology is quite ridiculous. It is nothing but pure superstition that derogates and suspends reasoned thought and that is largely based on loose statements that can be equally applied to anyone. It has largely been kept alive by virtue of confirmation bias, the subconscious ability to cherry-pick supportive evidence while overlooking and/or repudiating evidence to […]

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How Big Is the Universe?

As transient lifeforms, we are normally not fully equipped to apprehend the unimaginable stretches of space around us. This is largely due to the limits of perception imposed by our own brains. What our senses define and register is nothing but a mere figment of the entire vastness of the universe around us. As time went on […]

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Exoplanet Discovery!

Just yesterday, the European Southern Observatory announced the discovery of an exoplanet orbiting our closest star, Proxima Centauri. Proxima Centauri is located 4.22 light-years away from us and is classed as a red dwarf. So, despite its relative proximity, Proxima Centauri glows very dimly and is quite undersized, at 1.5 times the size of Jupiter. […]

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The Quackery of Cupping

Cupping is a medieval practice and alternative superstition that doesn’t work. Quite, unfortunately, such forms of occult pseudoscience still make their way into our present-day communities. The useless technique involves creating incision points along the body over which heated glass jars are placed, thereby creating a vacuum and drawing “humors” to the surface as the […]

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The Illusion of Design

The unguided processes of nature quite often lead to an illusion of design – assembled products that seem to be perfectly suited for their environments and that give a certain sense of being deliberately calibrated. There is a reason why this illusion arises, and that is due to the process of natural selection, which so […]

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How do we know what is true?

The ultimate goal of the scientific method is to falsify the closest approximations to reality. There are no absolute truths in science because all theories are liable to perpetual refinement and revision. In science, plausibility is established not by proving things true but in fact, but by demonstrating that they have not yet been shown […]

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Why do we spend very little on science?

Advancements in science have undoubtedly always been a driver for financial gain. But despite science’s primordial role in catapulting countries into economic preeminence, science has not had its fair share of spending. Most countries tend to spend 1-3 % of their GDP on R&D, the majority of which is constituted by private non-federal contributions. This is indeed […]

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