Reading through comments on social media is often infuriating due to flawed reasoning that allows people to believe false claims or reach false conclusions. Since gamification has been used to raise awareness of other topics, why not flawed reasoning?
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The 1.676hp Microwave Saga: Part 4
As luck would have it, a friend recently replaced their microwave and lent us their old 1100W microwave for sciencing, before proper disposal. Until now, the focus of our ongoing series on understanding the power output of a new 1250W microwave has been based on estimating the output of an 1100W microwave. In this installment we can see how accurate those estimates were.
The 1.676hp Microwave Saga: Part 3
In our ongoing series attempting to determine which power level on a new 1250W microwave is closest to 1100W, we now take a closer look at the oddities of power levels P1 and P2.
The 1.676hp Microwave Saga: Part 2
While attempting to determine which power level on a new 1250W microwave corresponds to 1100W, some of the data collected was a bit odd. So we needed to take a closer look to see what was going on. Here we examine power levels P9 and P10.
The 1.676hp Microwave Saga: Part 1
After over two decades of faithful service, our trusty 1100W microwave recently failed, giving us the opportunity to upgrade to a more modern 1250W microwave with an inverter. Unfortunately the extra power has caused some problems in estimating power levels and cook times, as most instructions are based on an 1100W model.
A-mazing Cubes II: The Flattening
After a longer than expected delay, MazeCubeGenerator now has the ability to produce 3D models that should be easier to print on a typical 3D printer.
Throwback Thursday: Anti-Helo Kitty
Long long ago in the before time (the night before our very first post, to be precise), one of our resident felines found our geeky forms of entertainment irresistible.
On 2020-12-01, the scientific community suffered a terrible loss. Not only did the Arecibo telescope collapse, but another great scientific icon also fell.
Long ago, I came into possession of an Oskar’s Cube and have often wondered how difficult it is to create mazes of that type. Clearly it could be more complicated than a simple 2D maze. So, I decided to find out.
Followup: Dalgona 2ᵏ Showdown, Espresso vs. Coffee
Our recent look at preparation times for Dalgona coffee produced data that lent itself to 2ᵏ analysis. However, a closer look at the collected data indicated that with a single extra trial we could compare the variation explained by instant coffee type and beater type.