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The Bradley Effect and Schrodinger's Cat

Article: The Bradley Effect and Schrodinger's Cat

In 1935, Austrian physicist Erwin Schrodinger proposed taking a cat and putting it into a box. Also into the box he would put a small bit of radioactive substance, not in itself harmful to the cat. Over the course of one hour, the radioactive substance might, or might not, set off a Geiger counter also…

Smarter Than a Fifth Grader

Article: Smarter Than a Fifth Grader

Tonight’s “must-see TV,” as the San Francisco Chronicle calls it, will feature Sarah Palin in her first appearance on “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” After failing to name a single news source that she reads (pft—a fourth grader question, if you ask me!) or a single Supreme Court case that she disagrees with…

Downsize It: Living in Small Spaces

Article: Downsize It: Living in Small Spaces

Though downsizing may sound like a downgrade, there’s a lot to like about cutting back on space and stuff you need. It’s the ultimate in conservation [www.sundance.tv]: with less space, for example, you have less space to heat, cool, clean, furnish and light; with fewer rooms, you have fewer lighting fixtures to run around and…