National Blog Writing Month 2013

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It’s that time of year again! November, as you might have heard, is National Novel Writing Month. All around the US, amateur writers strive to create a 50,000 word novel in a month.

I’m no novelist, but I am a blogger, so in the past couple years I’ve been trying my own variant: 30 nontrivial blog posts in 30 days. So far, I haven’t made it, but regardless, it’s a great excuse to catch up on the blog posts I haven’t made in the preceding months.

And this year, boy do I have a lot of them! I’ve been busy with other things since July or so, which means I didn’t get to cover some of the great science that’s been done since then. Things like

  • Nondetection of dark matter by the LUX experiment
  • Statistics of Tesla fires: are they really safer than gas cars?
  • The Mpemba effect, why hot water freezes faster than cold water
  • Could time be an artifact of quantum mechanics?
  • How the web is changing the way we do science
  • The role of gravity in determining cell size (and why that’s interesting)

Plus, I promise at least one post on just what I’ve been up to these past four months that kept me from writing about other stuff. Complete with pretty pictures.

It’s going to be a good month — I hope you’ll come along for the ride!