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Tag Archives: AAAS Science magazine

GODZILLA—AND CHANGING TIMES

SINCE ITS 1954 film debut, Godzilla has doubled in size, breaking all sorts of guidelines in evolutionary theory. It’s more along the lines of the Hollywood dictum that if one … Continue reading

June 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

TIDBITS FROM AAAS

THE AAAS, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and its weekly Science magazine share knowledge with an audience broader than readers of pure scientific journals. These tidbits gleaned … Continue reading

May 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

SCIENCE AND EVIDENTIAL TRUTH

SCIENCE CONSISTS of following evidence in seeking truth. This succinct characterization comes from comments made by Rush Holt, in his editorial “Democracy’s Plight,” in Science, February 1, 2019. “Observers,” Holt … Continue reading

February 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

A YEAR IN REVIEW

I THANK YOU ALL for your readership. Here’s an overview of this year’s SimanaitisSays categories and frequencies of their appearance: And Furthermore (120 items); Science & Technology (59); I Usta … Continue reading

December 31, 2018 · 9 Comments

SCIENCE FOR DILETTANTES

DON’T BE put off by “dilettantes.” In most areas of modern science, many of us qualify as having what Merriam-Webster calls “a superficial interest in an art or branch of … Continue reading

August 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

WHACHAMACALLIT?

SCIENCE TYPICALLY avoids the word “whachamacallit,” which, with cool dictionary humor, Merriam-Webster defines as a “thingamajig.” What’s more, humor possibly thought rare for science is discussed in Gregory R. Goldsmith’s … Continue reading

May 1, 2018 · Leave a comment

SCIENCE TIDBITS PART 2

THE AMERICAN Association for the Advancement of Science publishes a weekly magazine, Science. Yesterday’s SimanaitisSays offered Part 1 of its recent tidbits. Here’s Part 2. Could artificial intelligences get the … Continue reading

April 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

SCIENTIFIC HUZZAHS!

THERE ARE times when I delight in celebrating multifold aspects of science. Here are three examples appearing in Science magazine, published weekly by the American Association for the Advancement of … Continue reading

April 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

GOTCHA, CAPTCHA!

CAPTCHAs are Completely Automated Public Turing tests to tell Computers and Humans Apart. We all encounter these visual puzzles used as website defenses against robo intrusion. Our solving the puzzle … Continue reading

December 22, 2017 · 3 Comments

BOOK SMART, HEAD DUMB

MY MOTHER, rest her soul, used to say that I was “book smart, but head dumb.” I am not surprised to learn, based on a new book on the matter, … Continue reading

October 27, 2017 · Leave a comment