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The large scale universe projected onto a two-dimensional boundary There is an active field of research in cosmology and physics seeking to explain the cosmos in terms of a radical idea: we live ...
|House seeking to slash spending on Earth science
Hard to believe there were times when either political party regularly distinguished itself and alternately embarrassed the entire nation when it came to science. Or that for a few brief shining ...
|This week in science: stardrive?
There is great excitement in some corners of the space exploration community this week, as several NASA people opened up a discussion with engineers and others outside the agency over a mysterious,
|Thawing permafrost could boost global warming in more ways than one
Rapidly thawing Arctic permafrost and coastal erosion on the Beaufort Sea, Arctic Ocean, near Point Lonely, AK. Photo Taken in August, 2013 Power plants and automobiles burning fossil fuels and ...
|A drone too far?
As a youngster, I built and flew model aircraft, similar in principle to the one above, but we didn't call them drones. We called them radio-controlled airplanes and if you have a son or daughter ...
|Creationists still blaming Darwin for Columbine
If creationism is the zombie lie behind all biology and geology, the Governor's Mansion in Louisiana might stand in for the castle ruins where the burnt and battered monster is reanimated and sent ...
|This week in science: she's a witch!
Will the real Mike Rogers (R-AL) please stand up? Because there's a fire and brimstone Mike Rogers who hates him some commie leader and likes to wax elegantly on a certain president who ...
|US ground to orbit launch capability is dependent on former enemies
So close! SpaceX almost landed a Falcon 9 lower stage vertically on an autonomous barge and they'll probably succeed soon If it was written into a Cold War movie plot 40 years ago no one would buy ...
|Beyond the Hubble
The Cat's Eye Nebula as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope in the constellation Draco. Click to embiggen Ask anyone to name a telescope and odds are one answer will come up every time: Hubble. Not ...
|More insured Americans means more profits for medical industry
Who could have possibly predicted that a sharp increase in the number of Americans with comprehensive health insurance would result in more paying customers for the medical ...
|This week in science: pinko-world
Dwarf planet planet Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, acquire a pinkish hue as seen by New Horizons' color camera recently. Click image for more on mission and timeline Do you think ...
|Researchers to study large methane plume above the Four Corners
Methane is a gas often associated with swamps in the southeast or West Texas oil deposits. But last year scientists found the largest concentration in the US hanging quietly above in an unexpected ...
|West coast 'blob' may be to blame for drought and cold
A "blob" of warm water has been contributing to the weird weather, producing effects similar to what climate change brings. Click image for full story at ...
|Income inequality: Good service is good business
If you stop and think about it, every business is a service business. Businesses exist to sell, to sell they must have customers, and there is no better way to earn those customers than providing ...
|This week in science: do the math!
Not many remember the interest rate correction of 1994, when rates finally went up after a long decline. But plenty of fixed-income mutual funds and bond-holders got caught by surprise, in part ...
|Study finds coral reefs vulnerable to climate change
Bleached branching coral (foreground) and normal branching coral (background). Keppel Islands, Great Barrier Reef The beautiful corals which color the world's reefs and act as rich habitats for all ...
|Iran nuke deal is a lucky break in light of history
While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared on Sunday Talk this weekend to gripe about any nuclear weapons deal with Iran, President Obama took to the media to ...
|Windows 8: From Hell's heart I stab at thee
Once upon a time an outfit called the Coca-Cola company came out with a new product. They called it New Coke . The can was slightly different, the drink inside was slightly sweeter and tangier ...
|Crowd-sourcing the Iran nuke deal
It is fortunate for the world that making a reliable nuclear weapon is not easy. Just initiating a runaway fission reaction under controlled conditions in a friendly test range is tricky enough. ...
|This week in science: making waves
Sea Stills - Ray Collins from Ray Collins on Vimeo . Up to now, the Search of Extraterrestrial life or SETI has used a passive approach: they only listen. But some are wanting to go a step further ...
|Republicans compare climate change to religion
Rick Santorum, no doubt feeling left behind by all the money flowing to Jeb Bush and the adoration gushing to Ted Cruz, attempted to assert his relevance this weekend. Kudos that he did so ...
|Water shortages and water solutions
Drought as recorded in snowfall on Half-dome in Yosemite Valley on March 19 of 2012 and 2015. There was certainly no shortage of water in the Northeast this winter. Boston and several other ...
|This week in science: views wide and narrow
Well, at the risk of sounding sensationalist, why not an ...
|Ted Cruz is just like Galileo
Galileo discovered evidence to support Copernicus’ heliocentric theory when he observed four moons in orbit around Jupiter. Beginning on January 7, 1610, he mapped nightly the position of the 4 “...
|Florida official skirts banned words, hilarity ensues
In case you missed it, there are reports Florida Gov. Rick Scott or someone acting on his behalf has unofficially banned the term "climate change." Here we see how that translates into real life ...
|This week in science: pretty in pink
The Arctic is being affected by climate change faster than other parts of the planet. There is mixed research suggesting in some ways, the Antarctic might be least affected. But if the Earth heats ...
|On descent with modification, old school and new
Nature has been radically modifying living things for billions of years. Natural descent with modification is responsible for a huge chunk of our dazzling biosphere, a tiny portion of which is ...
|This week in science: 3-2-1 isn't just an area code
If you like following politics and appreciate science—and who doesn't?—the continuing saga of our space program offers a great lesson. It's got everything: larger than life technology ...
|Arctic ice cap near all-time winter low
Click image for an excellent, comprehensive article by Chris Mooney at the Washington Post. Image courtesy of the National Snow and Ice Data Center.
|Florida Republicans adopt a see-no-evil strategy for climate change
Florida population density map based on Census 2010 data courtesy of Wikipedia commons When it comes to climate change, the peninsula of Florida is on the front lines. It is a highway for major ...
|Be very afraid
Lock your doors, close your windows! Watch out! Duck and cover! ISIS is coming! They'll creep and crawl out of their hypothetical no-go zones, or maybe from under your bed and inside your closet, ...
|This week in science: you say tomato, I say mutato
For eons plants and animals evolved the old-fashioned way. Then we developed artificial selection and agriculture really took off. Which brings us to present day :Today, however, humans can skip ...
|Noted climate contrarian suddenly discovers concern with email subpoenas
Most major extinction level events in the fossil record are correlated with massive changes in global climate Professor emeritus Richard Lindzen is a noted climate change skeptic who has suddenly ...
|ISIS may have roots in climate change
Farmers ride in their tractor in the drought-hit region of Hasaka in northeastern Syria on June 17, 2010. Analysts often point to many factors that contributed to the rise of ISIS. Sunni ...
|Senator Inhofe 'demolishes' climate change with snowball
Clowning around in the Senate hit new heights of fun last week when James Inhofe (R-OK) playfully lobbed a snowball pretending to demolish 100 years of empirical data supporting human-induced ...
|These are not the droids you're looking for
Behold, the singularity looms. No, it's not the spooky event horizon of a black hole creeping across the Earth throwing us all into a spaghettified alien space-time! We stand on the cusp of a ...
|House democrats to probe funding for climate contrarians
In a turnabout is fair play move, House democrats have launched an investigation into the funding sources of several key climate change skeptics likely based on concerns over the ...
|This week in science: live long and prosper
We lost the man who played the first "cool" science nerd yesterday. Maybe that's why his death is having a bigger impact on many of us than we would have thought, until now. We are rapidly growing ...
|More mysterious craters spotted in Siberia
Last year researchers were at a loss to explain several large craters found deep in the rugged Yamal Peninsula in northern Siberia. Now satellite imagery has found several more and geologists feel ...
|Noted climate contrarian in hot water
The Hockey Stick graph, one of many climate studies attacked by Willie Soon A prominent critic of climate change has found himself mired in controversy after a spate of reports linking him to ...
|This week in science: swing low, sweet chariot
High-res image of Comet 67P, where it's thought to be almost -70°C or so, taken this week by the ESA Rosetta spacecraft from less than ten miles above the surface Energy prices finally pause ...
|Next generation battery developers want you off the grid
As oil prices edge higher amid growing Middle East tension and US fossil fuel production grapples with price volatility and safety concerns , one entrepreneur has offered up a possible, intriguing ...
|New article on ISIS getting wide attention
Islamic State group in Anbar, Iraq in 2014 courtesy of Wikipedia There's so much fascinating history perfectly distilled into this piece on ISIS by Graeme Wood at the Atlantic that it's ...
|Happy belated Darwin Day!
The amazing change in corn over the centuries, from grass-like Teosinte to a more familiar, modern variety. Happy belated Darwin Day , though Charles Darwin's ...
|New study of ancient micro-organisms suggests climate predictions are accurate
Melting surface water entering a moulin on Athabasca Glacier in the Canadian Rockies Almost every one has heard of ice-ages and many understand the term usually refers to glaciation events during ...
|This week in science: danger, danger Republicans!||DarkSyde||02/14/2015||72||47||1||-|
|Hubble determines cosmos has a sense of humor
The universe it seems is not without a sense of humor. At least that's one conclusion a person might draw from this very real image of a distant galaxy cluster bent by the gravity of a nearer ...
|The war on some drugs has some surprising casualties
Brandon Coats suffered a devastating injury at age 16 that left him in a wheelchair with barely 20 percent of his motor functions intact. But after years of grueling therapy, he was able to ...
|Anti-vaccination alarmists are no strangers to bad math
Estimated immunization coverage with measles-containing vaccine via the World Health Organization in 2010 Anti-vaccination hysteria isn't just a set of wild conspiracy claims, it's become a big ...
|This week in science: vax vs. fiction
There are a number of reasons why anti-vaccination hysteria has grown in the US. Underlying them all is a modern irony: the success of vaccines in the developed world has allowed Americans to ...
|Vaccination isn't a left vs. right issue, yet
From time to time you may hear that anti-vaccination hysteria is a left-wing problem. But that's simply not accurate. There are a number of groups resisting vaccination; those who have been ...
|Chris Christie distances himself from medical science
Timeline of measles cases in the US vs introduction of first widely used measles vaccine. Even as the US Centers for Disease Control braces for a larger measles ...
|Three billion miles to Pluto
In just a few weeks NASA's New Horizons will begin turning what has been up to now little more than a tiny dot of light into a living, vibrant world equipped with multiple, whirling moons. It will ...
|Cartoons are better science sources than conservative experts
Above is a clip from a cartoon on Comedy Central that mentions evolution, below are some words on the same subject from one of the leading intellectual lights of the modern conservative movement. ...
|This week in science: ring around the rosy planet
Saturn is hands down the superstar celebrity of our solar system. But astronomers have found evidence for another ringed giant hundreds of light-years away that would ...
|A brief word about good cops
Update: Poll results 8:30 PM Central. One percent responding are cops, two percent are in law enforcement but don't consider themselves cops, six percent work directly with law enforcement, the rest ...
|Climate change could mean record snowfall
A winter storm approaching the eastern United States as seen by NOAA's GOES satellite image on Monday. The Great Blizzard of 2015 ...
|2014: hottest year on record
Don't be fooled by a winter blizzard this week! The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) rated 2014 as the hottest year in the global ...
|Three billion miles to Ceres
Latest look at Ceres, captured by Dawn's long range framing camera on 19 Jan 2015 from a distance of 238,000 miles courtesy of NASA/JPL After traveling three billion miles for seven years with a ...
|This week in science: scent of rain
Near our planet's poles are occasional lakes, buried in ice for eons. In some cases, a lot of ice. Over the last decade, researchers have been carefully piercing a few of these ancient vaults, ...
|Three billion years to Mars
Hypothetical predawn on ancient Mars, more than three billion years ago. The dimmer sun, shining through a thicker layer of warmer air, gently stirs the morning mist above shallow lakes as they ...
|This week in science: big chills
A series of linked loops across the face of the Sun highlighted the dynamic magnetic connections generated by several active regions over the period Jan. 3-6, 2015. Courtesy of the Solar Dynamics ...
|Let's have a barrel of fun
As Americans reluctantly shook off the sweet fog of the holidays and headed back to work this week, many commuters continued to enjoy the unexpected gift of dramatically lower gas prices. It ...
|Hubble marks 25 years with exquisite image
It's hard to believe it's been almost 25 years since the Hubble Space Telescope went up on Shuttle Mission 31 . NASA is gearing up for the official April 24 anniversary and ...
|This week in science: Red rover ... red rover?
An exceptionally detailed analysis of photos from NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has recently been getting a lot of attention, as one expert believes she has identified evidence of ancient microbial ...
|Low gas prices are starting to creep me out
Data drawn from the Huffington Post feed and is updated regularly using the script convert_huffpost_csv.py, originally written by Ryan Buckley. Click image for full article offsite.
|This week in science: dude, where's my flying car?
Imagine every time a jumbo jet flew across the ocean, we threw it away. That would be expensive and it would guarantee only a tiny few people could ever afford to fly. Well, that's what we do with ...
|Dear Blue Dog -- last chance, we're almost there! (Satire)
Satire cross-posted at FreeThoughtBlogs -- DS I'm writing to you regarding the email that just dinged into my box this morning, December 31, 2014, offering me one last chance to contribute to your ...
|This week in science: potpourri 2014
Clouds and dust above the Sahara Desert. Taken by ISS astronaut Alex Gerst on 8 Sep 2014. A probe into the freezing, pitch-black Mariana's Trench, the deepest point on Earth at about seven miles, ...
|This week in science: possible Martian gift still under wraps
This image illustrates possible ways methane might be added to Mars’ atmosphere (sources) and removed from the atmosphere (sinks). NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover ...
|This week in science: our precious essence
Is it fair to apply the noble term "skeptic" to your everyday run-of-the-mill climate change denier in the House, Senate, or family member who spends too much time parked in front of a wide ...
|Book Review: To the Far Right Christian Hater ...
To the Far Right Christian Hater...You Can Be a Good Speller or a Hater, But You Can't Be Both By Bonnie Weinstein Rare Bird ...
|This week in science: High flight
Exploration Flight Test 1 is due to send a test Orion crew module as far as 3,600 miles from Earth. NASA blasted back into space Friday morning in the form of the Orion capsule atop a Delta heavy ...
|This week in science: quasars hung by the cosmos with care
This impression illustrates the mysterious alignments between the spin axes of quasars and the large-scale structures they inhabit; these alignments are over billions of light-years and ...
|This week in science: raise the dead
Skeleton of Columbian mammoth, Mammuthus columbi, in the George C. Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits, Los Angeles, California. Click image for more info on Mammoths In cosmic time, mammoths were ...
|This week in science: two-lobes of a world
Shortly after bouncing down, the lander Philae reported it was alive and well on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. But it may be perched on top of a cliff or chasm at the edge of forever :
|This week in science: let the games begin!
Mixosaurus, meaning mixed lizard, was a fully aquatic marine reptile that swam Triassic seas almost a quarter billion years ago. This version was drawn by the talented paleo-marine artist Nobu Tamura.
|This week in science: fires in the sky
This past Monday a launch to the ISS had to be scrubbed because a private vehicle had wandered into the rocket's potential crash zone. At the time it seemed almost silly. But on Tuesday, the ...
|This week in science: Games and ... BRAINS!
Image at AUfeminin News , h/t ...
|This week in science: Death to the ITAR!
A little over five years ago the principal investigator for NASA's New Horizons mission, Dr. Alan Stern, visited our corner of cyberspace to brief us on the probe's design and progress . Now we'...
|This week in science: freezy and breezy
No doubt you've seen the headlines, in some quarters (ahem, the usual suspects), screaming out the news of Antarctic sea ice hitting an all-time high. Whew! Global warming averted! Of course that'...
|This week in science: Mysteries in the Mist
We often hear more is known about features on Mars or the icy surface of Titan than we know about the bottom of our own oceans. That might be a slight exaggeration—but not by much! Roughly 90 ...
|This week in science: the red, white & green
Mars MAVEN false colors spectral images of Martian atmosphere. Click to enaresenate at Badstronomy. Mars MAVEN went into orbit around the ...
|This week in science: Blue nation ahead?
The US may be about to turn blue in the next couple of months, just not in the political sense. It's good news for those who enjoy colder winters, as they may be here for awhile as a side ...
|This week in science: start your Interocitors!
You've seen some closeups of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, but this image gives an idea of what it might actually look like if you were onboard the Rosetta spacecraft. One ...
|This week in science: expand your Kosmos
Sometimes the Cosmos almost seems alive ... Deniers are going to deny and haters will always hate. But in the real world, i.e., the natural one uninhibited by corporate profits or varying ...
|This week in science: of mites and men
A mysterious sailing stone in Death Valley. How these boulders weighing up almost a thousand pounds move across the valley floor has confounded scientists and skeptics for decades. People have ...
|This week in science: fire and ice-land
Eyjafjallajökull, erupting in October 2010, in Iceland. This massive volcano is the little brother of another brooding subterranean monster lurking under ...
|This week in science: that's our story and we're sticking to it
Keep in mind, the original impetus for the anti-vaccine movement was concern over child-brain development and substances found in common vaccines given to kids. It was well worth investigating, ...
|This week in science: it's a gas, gas, gas!
Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko as seen by the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft. Methane is a common substance in the solar system and on our planet. It's a potent ...
|This week in science: Think of the children!
What better use of tax incentives in 21st century America than a monument to religious fundamentalism and pseudoscience ?A state tourism board gave preliminary approval on Tuesday for up to $18 ...
|This week in science: the good ole days
A ward full of patients in iron lungs, i.e., the good ole days, before polio vaccine was available. This week we learned that back in 2012, ...
|This week in science: space balls
This week the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft closed in on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and resolved this unusual shape. Its spinning fairly quickly ...
|This week in science: dust in the cosmic wind
The Crab Nebula may help seed the cosmos with dust. Click image for more There's a lot of propaganda passed off as science, endless parades of pseudoscience, and just plain bad ...
|This week in science: turning reality on its head
If you're in the lucrative right-wing science denial biz, that chart above would have to be going up . Because the Earth is cooling, according to the climate deniers, and that's the ...
|This week in science: tangled webs
Probability of giving the correct answer on a question about climate change in relation to individuals' political ideology and science "intelligence." -Dan Kahan. A researcher has looked into ...
|This week in science: Electric avenue
Wealth bestows power, and that's one of the big reasons why the events in Iraq matter so much. In that beleaguered nation, the wealth bubbling up out of the ground is literally power by the barrel,
|This week in science: the spice must flow
Watching Grumpy Grandpa McCain try to explain how we won the war in Iraq, but somehow failed in Iraq at the same time and now have to go back in and, what, re- win it? It was interesting to watch ...
|This week in science: it's a bug planet!
An artist's conception shows the Kepler-10 system, home to two rocky planets. In the foreground is Kepler-10c, a planet that weighs 17 times as much as Earth and is more than twice as large in size.
|This week in science: look mom, no parachutes!
SpaceX revealed their new Dragon II capsule complete with emergency rocket landing mechanism this week. The company also received approval to launch from a new facility many of my colleagues in ...
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