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But Not Simpler


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    Kyle Hill Kyle Hill is a freelance science writer and communicator who specializes in finding the secret science in your favorite fandom. Follow on Twitter @Sci_Phile.
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  • Saying Goodbye

    Months before I was done with my graduate degree, I was sending in guest posts to Scientific American. I was just beginning to find my voice as a science writer. A few months later, I started the first iteration of my blog here, and decided that nerding out for each post was a good move. [...]

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    Nerds and Words: Week 2

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    I have dug through the Internet this week and uncovered all this geeky goodness. You can find the thousands of links from previous weeks here. I have marked my favorite links with a ∞. Enjoy. Science to Read, Watch A nuclear bomb told us that great white sharks can live longer than you The Mapmakers: [...]

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    Why You Should Envy, But Not Worship Sherlock Holmes

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    “You see but you do not observe!” Why would you envy a man who doesn’t know the names of all the planets, is a “high functioning” sociopath, and has no friends? Because Sherlock Holmes thinks in all the ways we wish we could. And we can, if we follow his brilliant, snarky lead. This January, [...]

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    Nerds and Words: Week 1

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    I have dug through the Internet this week and uncovered all this geeky goodness. You can find the thousands of links from previous weeks here. I have marked my favorite links with a ∞. Enjoy. Science to Read, Watch ∞ Pi is beautiful, these visualizations prove it “Mariella Superina has been studying the pink fairy’s [...]

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    Smaug Breathes Fire Like A Bloated Bombardier Beetle With Flinted Teeth

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    What does a narcissistic flying reptile that loves the taste of crispy dwarves have in common with a beetle that shoots hot, caustic liquid from its butt? More than you think. A few weeks ago, audiences were finally treated to the Cumberbatch-infused reptilian villain from J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic The Hobbit. Smaug (pronounced and interpreted as [...]

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    Nerds and Words: Week 52

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    But Not Simpler has had a great first year (over 1,000,000 hits in eight months!), of course thanks to all my nerdy readers. I did a lot of experimenting here, from controversial pieces about water fluoridation to a piece on taste perception in full Seussian rhyming scheme to a piece proving that a Pacific Rim [...]

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    Why Rudolph Should Have Never Joined Santa’s Reindeer

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    Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer had a very shiny nose, and if you ever saw it, you would even say it glows. Late one foggy Christmas Eve, Santa came to say, “Rudolph, with your nose so bright, won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?” Rudolph declined, noting that when flying around in foggy conditions, a bright red [...]

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    Nerds and Words: Week 51

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    I have dug through the Internet this week and uncovered all this geeky goodness. You can find the thousands of links from previous weeks here. I have marked my favorite links with a ∞. Enjoy. Science to Read, Watch A science comic taught me a fluid mechanics trick to do with beer I read the [...]

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    When You Decide To Dispel The Santa Claus Myth, Make It A Teachable Moment

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    On a bitingly cold morning in 2011, I was sitting quietly in a repurposed Chicago bar listening to a physics teacher kill Santa Claus. Apparently, physics teachers and educators do this all the time. Examinations of Kringle’s physics are posted (and rebutted) in web archives, physics news outlets, and numerous science blogs. And it’s hard [...]

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    Baby It’s Cold Outside, So Get Out There And Play With Thermodynamics

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    Fires are fine and hot coco is nice, but as long as you have hot water why don’t you make some fog with ice? All you need is boiling hot water, a frigid temperature outside, and an appreciation for thermodynamics. Check out the video below to see how to manufacture this icy mist and then [...]

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