In part 1 of this article, I talked about the evidence for the existence of “dark matter” – that is, some kind of matter that we can’t see, and that likely is not made of the familiar protons, neutrons, and … Continue reading A Primer on Dark Matter Physics, Part 2
A while back I had a conversation with a friend about epitaphs and we reached the conclusion than rather than a phrase we would prefer a GIF. That got me thinking on how can you create a portable GIF … Continue reading How to Make a Portable Reaction GIF
Every day, there are scientists who travel miles underground to tend to their dark matter detectors. This may be old news to you; you may even, like me, be one of those scientists – nevertheless, I invite you to pause … Continue reading A Primer on Dark Matter Physics, Part 1
Cats! Does the internet talk about cats enough? Are you sure? Were that a headline, Betteridge’s Law dictates that the answer to that question would be “no,” so I’m going to fix that deficit by discussing a certain cat issue … Continue reading Cats: Toxoplasmosis And You!
If you take a two-lane blacktop three hours northwest of Albuquerque New Mexico, you’ll find a sign for the Chaco Culture National Historical Park, which also reads ROUGH ROAD May Be Impassible Travel At Your Own Risk They’re not lying. … Continue reading Chaco Canyon Ruins
The Halloween season is upon us, and although its seasonal hordes of monsters are legion – ghosts, goblins, mummies, Frankenstein’s monsters, people putting razor blades in apples, etc. – only the vampire has any sort of real world presence, plus … Continue reading REAL Vampires!
It is officially the scariest time of the year and what could be scarier than the media misusing a bit of science a ghost story to scare people with? That’s right, today I’m going to talk about Asteroid 2015 TB145, … Continue reading Halloween In SPAAAAACE!
Does the internet talk about cats enough? Are you sure? Betteridge’s Law dictates that if my question was a headline, that answer would be “no,” so in hopes of fixing that, here’s some trivia about some famous or historical cats … Continue reading Science: Prehistoric Cats II
Ready for another write-up about another weird-ass thing in outer space? You know you are, and so am I! This time I’m going to tell you about the Boomerang Nebula, which has many other names: The Bow-Tie Nebula (shared with … Continue reading Science: A Dish Best Served Cold: The Boomerang Nebula
From the Secret Pages Of The Official Handbook for the Animal Heroes Universe: The Malevolent Mantis Shrimp “A menacing Mantis Shrimp packs a punch of peculiar power, even for an animal hero!” Real Name: Animalia Euarthropoda Crustacea Malacostraca Hoplocarida Stomatopoda … Continue reading Mantis Shrimp SMASH!
The year: 2010 – the future! The place: in SPAAAAAACE!, orbiting high above the Earth! The technological marvel known as the Hubble Space Telescope cast the penetrating gaze of its great celestial eye deep into the stygian darkness space. Not … Continue reading Not A Meme Spiral, It’s Just LL Pegasi
From the Secret Pages Of The Official Handbook for the Animal Heroes Universe: The Two-Dimensional Trichoplax adhaerens “Once just an overlooked animalcule, Trichoplax adhaerens has transformed into the world’s simplest animal hero!” Real Name: Animalia Eumetazoa ParaHoxozoa Placozoa Trichoplacidae … Continue reading Trichoplax adhaerens, Earth Simplest Animal Hero!
No, not Wonder Woman’s sidekick Etta Candy, Eta Carinae! “Ate a car in a what???” you ask, “what’s this Eta Carinae?” Eta Carinae is a popular interstellar sightseeing spot, so some of you may already know – if you do, … Continue reading Eta Carinae
The academic subject, not the lifestyle store. Louis, Mary, and Richard are three famed paleoanthropologists who did much of their work studying human origins in east Africa. What is their last name? What word has been redacted from the title … Continue reading Shoeless Trivia: Anthropology
Stargazing is often dull, uneventful stuff. Sure, once in awhile you might catch something creeping across some tiny sliver of the sky, but you don’t have to tune every night to see how hot Venus is or who’s orbiting Uranus … Continue reading Science: The Star Betelgeuse
I was planning on interrupting the history lesson and doing a math round in honor of Pi Day, but with the death of Stephen Hawking it seems appropriate to shift the focus to physics (which still plenty mathematical). In Einstein’s … Continue reading Shoeless Trivia: Physics
By popular demand, our weekly science & technology discussion is back! Weekly news item: “Here’s what will happen to the Tesla that SpaceX shot into space” (NBC News) Whether you think it’s a remarkable and laudable achievement in the road … Continue reading Thursday Tech Talk
By popular demand, our weekly science & technology discussion is back! Weekly News Item: “Apple is talking to ‘government agencies’ about iPhone slowdowns” (Washington Post) Looks like the House that Jobs Built has gotten themselves into a bit of trouble … Continue reading Thursday Tech Talk
Hanny’s Voorwerp is a thing out in space and has the distinction of having probably the silliest name in all of astronomy. It all began back in 2007 when a school teacher named Hanny van Arkel (another silly-sounding name, not … Continue reading Other: Big Voorwerp!
Someone requested more science content, so here you go chums. Happy now? These are the incredible scientific discoveries that remind us that all human endeavour is vanity. Most people have a love/hate relationship with the universe. It’s where everything is, … Continue reading The Misery of Science, Vol. I – Consumed By The Rapidly Encroaching Blackness