Ryan F. Mandelbaum
Former Gizmodo physics writer and founder of Birdmodo, now a science communicator specializing in quantum computing and birds

The speed of light in vacuum is the limit according to Einstein. Read more

Like scattering subatomic particles, we have entered the asymptotic phase between particle physics writer and readers. For us readers to be good casual observers of almost incomprehensible stuff we need good science writers. Very nicely done and we’ll miss you Ryan. Read more

Every morning as I make coffee I watch the mass of finches that occupy the huge Lilly Pilly tree outside my kitchen window. I always marvel at their antics and especially their flying skill as they blast through the gaps in the picket fence without missing a beat. Read more

> Homestar Runner burlesque show Read more

So long and thanks for the all the birds.
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Why is everyone so upset about a dead bird in the freezer? This is perfectly normal behaviour for an amateur or professional zoologist. Ryan established true bona fides by this act, which I salute.
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This ales me. Ryan is one of my favorite science writers. Best of luck going forward. Read more

Still - sorry to see you go. Thanks for validating another birdwatcher. Saw a canvasback, goldeneyes, American widgeon, eared grebes, red-headed duck, and bufflehead all in the same city pond on one of my COVID hikes this week. Also an Audubon’s warbler.
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I think Sam might be on to something here..
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These are some sweet birds. So long and thanks for all the fish feathers
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Mandelbaum!  Mandelbaum!  Mandelbaum!

Back in the 50's, hotels in Las Vegas offered guided outings to watch the nuclear warhead tests.   Read more

With accelerated deconstruction of the administrative state and lessening of public spiritedness, ... Read more

Quirky electrical systems (common in older buildings) may be causing your TV noises, especially if there are speakers that are separate from the TV. Stray currents and signals can find their way into sound systems and produce a variety of hums, buzzes, and radio output. This Techhive article hits most of them and Read more

Or...Gödel, or Russell, or Frege.
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Ah, yes. If only the world were completely different than it is and we didn’t have resource scarcity, societal obligations, etc. then we would be different...no shit. Read more

I think taht what she was getting at is that there’s a lot of question-begging in evolutionary psychology - people tend to assume their conclusions and work backwards from them. Not all of it, of course, but she’s perfectly correct in saying that there’s a great deal of justifying of bad behaviour based upon Read more

Also, it’s gross. Also, just because you don’t like them doesn’t mean you should kill and eat them. Read more