13 things that do not make sense New Scientist's end- of- last- year- roundup of things that make scientists get all C& C Music Factory.
A lot of the reasons for government sponsored head scratching have to do with improvements in technology.
Scientific Instruments and methods are now more precise so (gasp!) they pick up anomalies that the older Two- Tin- Cans and The -Leaning -Tower -of -Pisa method did not.
In something akin to the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principal in reverse, the things we use for observation change the nature of the observer.
Because of an increased precision in the equiptment used to measure phenomena, Einstein's Riceboys are starting to get the idea that the universe, is well, quite frankly- sloppy. The universal constant isn't always constant, and so on.
Other ephipanies include the re-emergence of cold fusion as something other than bullshit. True to form, these things tend to run in 15 year cycles. Does it really take 15 years for the Scientific Community to absorb the sting of being lied to? I guess.
Also of no comfort whatsoever is the creedence given to the placebo effect, and the grudging findings of a vehement anti-homeopathist (Item four on the list) . Never mind all that- the pharmacologist in question writes up her findings in the delightfully named "Inflammation Reseach", an apt metaphor for this year end list.