Stop Using Quantum Mechanics as Evidence for Magic

Quantum mechanics is a beautiful and still-controversial idea. It is rightly popular. What's not right is the way people use it to justify any reality-bending idea in their novels, their TV shows, or their personal philosophies. "Quantum" does not mean anything you want. » 7/25/14 11:19am Yesterday 11:19am

What Did Doctors Learn By Scaring Toddlers in the "Risk Room"?

Remember the twisted experiment to see what happens when kids think they've broken a treasured toy? The doctor in charge of that study also studied children's responses to a creepy "Risk Room." Their behavior in the room revealed surprising things about the child's future behavior. » 7/21/14 12:00pm Monday 12:00pm

Car Dealers Use the "Defense in Depth" Strategy to Wear You Down

At one point or another, most people will have to be in some kind of negotiation for a big ticket item. The most notorious of these negotiations is the car. Car salesmen have become famous for their underhanded negotiation tactics. There is an actual name for one strategy that car dealerships (and other… » 7/20/14 8:00am Sunday 8:00am

This is what the movie implies. Poor people are on the streets buying second-hand weapons. If someone wants to actually take people out in a serious way, they'd have to save up. The rich, on the other hand, have elaborate security systems and fancy weapons. » 7/18/14 10:42am 7/18/14 10:42am

Why Does Your Apple Turn Brown, and How Can You Stop It?

Cut an apple in half and you begin a race against time. Every second you waste is a second that your apple uses to turn into a flaccid brown mess. Why do apples try so hard to foil your quest for vitamins? Science has the answer. » 7/15/14 11:00am 7/15/14 11:00am