Tag: Science

Hide the Cyclone!

Hide the Cyclone!

| March 1, 2010 | 1 Reply

The science is unsettled. Research by hurricane scientists may force the UN’s climate panel to reconsider its claims that greenhouse gas emissions have caused an increase in the number of tropical storms. The benchmark report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said that a worldwide increase in hurricane-force storms since 1970 was probably […]

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Whoa Up There A Bit, Science. You Lost Me at “Voodoo”.

Whoa Up There A Bit, Science. You Lost Me at “Voodoo”.

| January 18, 2010 | 1 Reply

Okay, scientists, we get it. You’re incredibly smart and able to tinker with the DNA of even the smallest animals. And…well…it’s not that we don’t trust you, but whoa up a bit, okay? Before you turn your “Swarms of Engineered Voodoo Wasps” loose on the various crop pests of the world, can you make extra […]

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When Science is Blind

When Science is Blind

| December 29, 2009 | 2 Replies

Instapundit linked to a fascinating article in Wired Magazine on success, mistakes, and how we pursue the answers to questions that vex us. The author, Jonah Lehrer, did a very good job of telling a couple entertaining stories, beginning with the tale of the two men who won the 1978 Nobel Prize for Physics and […]

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Ground Control to Richard Branson…

Ground Control to Richard Branson…

| December 5, 2009 | Reply

So, you don’t think we live in a magical age, where the fantasies of our fathers are made real? Well, okay, fine. Hang on to that. Meanwhile, I’ll be flying on this suborbital passenger rocket liner in just a few years, okay? Hopefully there’ll be pretty stewardesses in sharp, space-age uniforms and drink service. As […]

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Discovery Channel Wins My Heart with a Commercial, Again.

Discovery Channel Wins My Heart with a Commercial, Again.

| November 28, 2009 | 1 Reply

I still love the whole world. Boom dee yah dah! By the by, Discovery Channel is running a contest. Make your own video, why not? (By the way, when the key changes and the shuttle lifts off? Goosebumps. Yeah, I’m a music and science geek. What of it?)

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That’s a Big Tsunami

That’s a Big Tsunami

| November 27, 2009 | 4 Replies

You think we have tsunami problems? Imagine a wave of superheated plasma and magnetic energy over 7 1/2 times taller than Earth* rushing toward you at 560,000 miles per hour. That’s what the twin STEREO satellites spotted when it got the first very good image of something called a a magnetohydrodynamical wave (also called a […]

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Mote? Meet Giant Beam of Delusion

Mote? Meet Giant Beam of Delusion

| November 13, 2009 | Reply

One of the things I despise when reading movie or music reviews is the unwanted and ill-informed insertion of a political opinion into a piece that ought not to be even a little bit political. That sort of intrusion is a lot like finding a cockroach baked into a delicious brownie that you’ve already half-eaten, […]

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I Bet the Moon Men Have No Idea We’re Coming, Either.

I Bet the Moon Men Have No Idea We’re Coming, Either.

| October 9, 2009 | Reply

Shortly after 7 A.M. Eastern, NASA’s LCROSS satellite will separate into two craft wile over the south polar region of the moon. One of those craft, an empty fuel tank named Centaur, will crash into the moon’s surface. The impact should create a six-feet deep crater inside an already existing crater and kick up a […]

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Better Fretting, Through Science!

Better Fretting, Through Science!

| September 22, 2009 | 2 Replies

To heck with global warming. If the Chicken Littles among us really want something to panic about, they should worry about burrowing black holes! As if they weren’t considered beastly enough, black holes can dive into nearby stars and devour them from the inside out, scientists now suggest. Such invasions by such black holes could […]

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Intelligence Isn’t Always On

Intelligence Isn’t Always On

| September 9, 2009 | Reply

As a conservative who has also read Discover magazine for a few years, I accept that I’m going to get the occasional blast of progressive politics with my science. I tend to skim the interviews before I read them, just to see how much left-wing tripe they’ve mixed in. I always read over the author […]

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