WEIRD SCIENCE

Quantum time travel doesn’t follow Back to the Future rules

A “quantum time travel simulator” suggests that the butterfly effect doesn’t apply to the quantum realm.  MikhailLeonov/Depositphotos – By Michael Irving 2020 Jul 29 – Time travel movies have different rules about what happens when you start messing around with the timeline. If you’ve …

Oleandrin is a deadly plant poison, not a COVID-19 cure

The oleander plant is beautiful but deadly because of a toxic chemical called oleadrin. Alvesgaspar/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA – By Cassandra Quave, Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Human Health; Herbarium Curator, Emory University 2020 Aug 18 – With COVID-19 cases and deaths rising …

 

The most influential scientist you may never have heard of

Alexander von Humboldt – self-portrait. – By Richard Gunderman, Chancellor’s Professor of Medicine, Liberal Arts, and Philanthropy, Indiana University – Alexander von Humboldt sought to see and understand everything. By the time he drew his self-portrait at age 45, Humboldt had tutored himself …