The Science Behind Breaking Baseball Bats

From LiveScience:

The broken barrel of a maple bat whacked fan Susan Rhodes, 50, in the head as she sat four rows behind the visitors’ dugout at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on April 25. She didn’t see it coming. She suffered a concussion and the blow fractured her jaw in two places.

Broken bats are commonplace in baseball games, but the Rhodes incident along with similar injuries this year to a hitting coach and an umpire, are making people wonder: Has America’s pastime suddenly become a lot more dangerous and is the new trend in bat wood to blame?

Project Steve

822 scientists sign a statement in support of evolution. There’s only one catch:

The catch is that the NCSE tied an arm and two legs behind its back by making an arbitrary requirement that the scientists be named “Steve,” “Stephanie,” “Stefan,” or some other form of “Stephen.” It estimates that about one percent of the population of the United States has such a name. When the Project was first publicly announced on February 16, 2003 it had 220 Steves, which corresponds to about 22,000 scientists with doctorates agreeing with the statement. By May 23, 2003 that number had increased to 367 Steves which corresponds to about 36,700 scientists. The current total can be found by consulting the Steve-o-meter. The NCSE expresses the hope that in the future when lists of “scientists who doubt evolution” are presented that it will be asked “but how many Steves are on your list!?”