As Phil Plait and others point out, the evidence on this one really isn’t sufficient to be getting attached to such extraordinary claims yet.
I still think it does have better odds than I would have given the faster-than-light neutrinos when they were first announced, though.
Now that I’ve gotten this blog rolling (not to be confused with a blogroll (that’s over on the left (unless I’ve changed things since writing this, in which case it might be on the right (don’t worry, I don’t normally use nested parentheses this much)))), I thought I’d explain the blog title. Basically, aside from being loosely related to my internet name (unless I’ve stopped using that name since writing this (I might want to start using my real (meatspace) name (okay, I’ll stop doing the parenthesis thing now))), it’s the way I feel a lot. Like I’m just beginning to really understand something. And that’s a good thing; if I ever go a long time without feeling that way, it would mean I’ve stopped learning, which would be bad because I know no one can ever actually have all the answers.
It sounds like something out of science fiction (especially when you call it that), but NASA says it works.
It seems to defy conservation of momentum and may work by interacting with virtual particles. And since three independently built ones have seemed to work, it probably isn’t an error.
Okay, I love Pokemon, but one thing I’ve always wished that the series hadn’t done was use the word “evolution” to refer to something that’s, you know, not what that word normally means in other contexts. Jen McCreight has an excellent post on her blog that goes into more detail about evolution and metamorphosis in Pokemon.
What you normally think of when someone says “Pokemon evolution” is really metamorphosis. Which is kind of obvious, considering in most Pokemon games the first Pokemon that you see evolve will be a bug type whose evolution is based on metamorphosis in real insects, like a caterpillar/cocoon/butterfly. Other times, Pokemon based on animals that mature gradually will suddenly evolve instead, but then, Pokemon based on mammals come from eggs too, so it’s just a similar deviation from reality. Pokemon aren’t actually evolutionary (in the real-life biology sense) relatives of the real-life creatures they’re based on (which don’t seem to exist in the Pokemon world anyway), so that’s fine. Either way, it’s still often something like a lion cub becoming an adult lion.
Continue reading Pokebiology: words with too many meanings.