Nuclear Power: Fiction, Fear, and Facts

“And Lord, we are especially thankful for nuclear power, the cleanest, safest energy source there is. Except for solar, which is just a pipe dream.” –Homer Simpson If you’ve been reading or watching the news, you’ve probably been hearing a whole lot of information about the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in Japan. And how the … Read more

What the Hell is a Supermoon?

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” –Anton Chekhov Ahh, Chekhov, you old sour puss, what do you have against the brilliance of our Moon? Beautiful in our sky, the Moon typically takes up half-a-degree in the night sky, where it’s by far the largest and … Read more

Why Physics Gives Us Earthquakes!

“You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.” –Jeannette Rankin As you all surely know, an 8.9 magnitude earthquake just struck Japan, devastating the island of Honshu. Ask a geologist, and they’ll rightly tell you about plate tectonics, subduction zones, fault lines, and much, much more. But there’s a simple … Read more