Absolutely Amazing UFO But Not Why You Think #ufo #citizenscience #skeptic #video #ufos

A Chilean chopper spotted something unidentified on November 11, 2014, and the search for an explanation began.

If the object had a prosaic explanation, then you would certainly expect such a group of experts to be able to identify it—or at least provide a plausible explanation… CEFAA could not figure out what it was, and after two years they made an announcement declaring it a genuine unexplained phenomena. They released the video. csicop.org

That’s when something fascinating happened. Five days later, the case was solved. All the details of possibilities considered, rejected, and finally identified are here: the UFO involved persistent aerodynamic contrails and some incorrect assumptions made in the original investigation.

A group of experts could not identify this UFO after two years of study. So how could a few people on the Internet possibly figure it out in five days? Because while no panel of experts can possibly include an expert in everything – the internet can and does. Remember that, and remember that assume is spelled ass-u-me: Assume makes an ass out of you and me.


Does Swearing Make You Powerful? #citizenscientist #scienceiscool

I suppose I should post a picture of Dr. Richard Stephens, but this fair use image is fun 🙂

This is one of those fun articles on science: the power of profanity.

There were two studies – one used 29 people and the other used 52 people, so I’d guess the results point the way but are hardly conclusive.

The team isn’t sure the swearing is the cause of the strength. Other measurements they expected would be affected by the sympathetic nervous system did not show significant changes…

‘We know from our earlier research that swearing makes people more able to tolerate pain,’ said Dr. Richard Stephens from Keele University.

Ah ha! That last bit sends me to another resource – my favorite citizen scientists:

A 2009 study claimed that swearing comes with the positive side effect of improving your ability to withstand pain. Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage unleashed their potty mouths to find out whether the ‘grin and swear it’ theory holds true.

Spewing expletives indeed increases suffering stamina by an average of 30 percent (when done during the event.) mythbusters

We miss you Mythbusters. At least you’re archived.