Category Archives: Science
We’ve used mice for drug studies for decades. It makes sense; we share 97.5% of DNA with them, making them almost ideal for studying everything from drug testing to determining what environmental factors can give us cancer. But a new … Continue reading
Just in my lifetime alone, I’ve seen a dramatic decrease in reliable, peer reviewed research and the rise of sensationalism and junk science. So when reading any story of scientific principles, one must consider the source and look for confirmation … Continue reading
Ah, those tricky theoretical physics science guys. Seems like maybe someone pulled a fast one a long time ago: According to the Lambda Cold Dark Matter (Lambda-CDM) model, which is the current accepted standard for how the universe began and … Continue reading
On Venus we’ve observed sulfuric acid rain and the snow contains heavy metals. It may rain diamonds on Neptune and Uranus as well as Saturn and Jupiter. and the Hubble has identified a planet with rain of liquid glass.
I give you a fascinating pair of articles from Wired on the topic of the dramatic rise of autoimmune diseases in modern times. The first extracts some verbiage from a book on the topic, but specifically addresses the island of Sardinia … Continue reading
Many sources are telling people that welder’s filters are safe for viewing today’s transit of Venus across the sun, an event that won’t occur again until the year 2017. This advice is both true and dangerously incomplete! If you buy … Continue reading
Impressive animation showing relative sizes of some of our most impressive neighbors:
Who would’a thunk it? A big chunk of ice surviving a trip through the sun’s corona: Lovejoy is newly-discovered and among a class of comets called Kreutz sungrazers whose immense orbits take them through or near the Sun’s surface. The … Continue reading
A team of physists recently turned their attention to the factors involved in the fluid dynamics of creating the perfect wine swirl. They came up with a mathamatical formula that precisely describes how wine sloshes, and presented their findings this … Continue reading
NASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory caught a solar flare on film. While not as large as the Valentine’s Day X-class flare, the picture angle on this M-class flare gives us a spectacular view of the eruption: Now that’s awesome.