ryanfmandelbaum
Ryan F. Mandelbaum
ryanfmandelbaum
Science Writer, Founder of Birdmodo
May 19
38

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

May 19
14

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

May 16
5

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

May 15
2

So long and thanks for the all the birds.

May 15
2

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.

May 15
6

This ales me. Ryan is one of my favorite science writers. Best of luck going forward.

May 15
14

Damn; I always considered Ryan to be one of the best science reporters on the site.  Good lock going forward; we’ll miss you here.

May 15
2

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.

May 15
2

I think Sam might be on to something here..

May 15
8

These are some sweet birds. So long and thanks for all the fish feathers

May 15
15

Mandelbaum!  Mandelbaum!  Mandelbaum!

May 14
14

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

May 14
3

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

May 13
8

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

May 12
4

Or...Gödel, or Russell, or Frege.

May 12
1

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

May 12
46

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