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Easily Confused (63) Politicians and Science

Donald Trump: Justin Trudeau: What a difference an education makes.

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Climate Change is Real (my TEDx video)

After giving a talk at a TEDx conference in Romania in 2015, I stayed in contact with the very friendly team in Târgu Mureș even after I moved to South America. So, for this year’s conference, they asked me for a … Continue reading

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Who made the first infographic?

Reading about Alexander von Humboldt’s scientific voyage in South America, I stumbled upon his Naturgemälde (“painting of nature”) which he drew after almost conquering the summit of Chimborazo in Ecuador in 1802. It shows a cross section of Chimborazo, arguably the highest mountain in … Continue reading

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Zodiac Sign

When I am sometimes tired of meeting people, it is because I feel being interviewed by many of them. If you and me ever meet, please tell me stories about yourself instead of going through my CV as if I … Continue reading

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Kon-Tiki

Preparing my trip to Easter Island, memories of Kon-Tiki leaped into my mind, one of the first travel/adventure books I read. Thor Heyerdahl and his crew did not sail to Easter Island in 1947, but further north, yet the underlying question if the islands … Continue reading

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A good reason not to care about global warming

From Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson: If you take a “long-term view” of billions (!) of years on environmental problems, why bother about anything else then? Surely, when the sun is going to explode, it won’t ask us how … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Golden Holocaust” by Robert Proctor

This will be a short book review because Robert Proctor’s book about the dangers of tobacco, smoking and cigarettes can be dismissed outright after reading the title and the introduction. Although I occasionally smoke cigars, I know it’s neither healthy … Continue reading

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Climate Change History

Of course the climate has changed before, but never as dramatically as now in a short time. (Ok, maybe that one time in 1816, but that had terrible effects too.) Anyway, I don’t understand what kind of an argument “the climate has … Continue reading

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“The New Yorker” confirms my warning about terrorist geeks

Exactly three years ago, I had outlined the way to detect terror suspects. Without racial profiling (which is illegal and doesn’t work), without torture (illegal and doesn’t work), carpet bombing (costly and cannot be applied in North America and Europe). In … Continue reading

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Bird update (2)

Thanks for asking about the little bird. It is doing great, not least due to my tender care. This was on day 2, already looking a bit more like a bird than it did before: Here some rare shots of mother … Continue reading

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