Static Electricity Isn’t What You Were Taught!

“Electricity can be dangerous. My nephew tried to stick a penny into a plug. Whoever said a penny doesn’t go far didn’t see him shoot across that floor. I told him he was grounded.” –Tim Allen I know what you’re thinking. “Of course I know what static electricity is!” Oh, really? Let’s go through the … Read more

The Global Warming Crisis

“Doubt, indulged and cherished, is in danger of becoming denial; but if honest, and bent on thorough investigation, it may soon lead to full establishment of the truth.” –Ambrose Bierce About a week and a half ago, I wrote an article called The Power of Theory In Science, where I mentioned the Big Bang, Evolution, … Read more

Monday Funday WE WON Day!

“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” –Sylvia Plath A few weeks ago, I told you about a science writing contest going on over at 3 Quarks Daily, open to all … Read more

Why you can’t ever “know” anything exactly

“What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning.” –Werner Heisenberg Looking down at the fundamental nature of matter, down past our cells and organelles, deep into the individual molecules and inside of the atoms that make them up, at long last, you get to things like the fundamental … Read more

The Power of Theory In Science

“He who loves practice without theory is like the sailor who boards ship without a rudder and compass and never knows where he may cast.” -Leonardo Da Vinci It’s often lonely, these days, as a theorist. As soon as most people hear the word theory, in fact, they start thinking about something like this: But … Read more

Tomorrow’s Remarkable Lunar Eclipse

“It is one of life’s bitterest truths that bedtime so often arrives just when things are really getting interesting.” –Lemony Snicket Those of you who live basically anywhere other than North America are in for a treat this Wednesday. All over Earth, of course, the Moon is nearing its “full” phase, where the half of … Read more