DailyDirt: Scientific Measurements

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Accurate scientific measurements are pretty important. It's actually hard to overstate how critical it is to science that measurements can be repeated. (Hello, Cold Fusion...) But it's not quite an easy task to get everyone to agree to the same metrics -- especially when different approaches might have different results. Still, we make do with what we've got -- and looking at the fine details of measuring stuff has lead to discoveries like buckyballs, the heliocentric model of our neck of the universe, and all sorts of cool stuff. So here are a few quick links on measuring things.

Filed Under: battery, helium, hydrogen, kilogram

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    KD, 5 Feb 2011 @ 7:38am

    I agree that it is quite a red flag that those Italians who put on their demonstration a few weeks ago are publishing in a "journal" they control, and are not showing enough to tell how their device actually works. Quite likely it will turn out to be yet another scam, but maybe this time it will be different. Time will tell.

    The way to separate the crackpots from the legitimate researchers is to end the ridicule and black balling of the legitimate researchers, but I'm afraid that will happen only slowly. Most scientists are as subject to social pressures as any people are and quite rightly fear losing professional respect, and even their jobs, if they try to do proper research in a field that has such prejudice against it. Once you let the crackpots take over by stupidly blocking legitimate research, as the science establishment quickly did back around 1990, it is very hard to undo the mistake.

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