“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 moreNuclear Power: Fiction, Fear, and Facts
“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 moreWhy Physics Gives Us Earthquakes!
“Glaciers are almost gone from Glacier National Park.” –Donella Meadows This world is full of beautiful things that are simply awe-inspiring. Some of them are very much man-made, such as this 2007 song by Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby, Crown Of Jewels.But others took thousands of years to form. In many great places all over … Read moreWeekend Diversion: Jewels of the World
“They say that every snowflake is different. If that were true, how could the world go on? How could we ever get up off our knees? How could we ever recover from the wonder of it?” –Jeanette Winterson Here in Portland, it’s just cold for now. But much of the world has been blanketed in … Read moreHappy Snowy New Year!
“Global warming is the greatest and most successful pseudoscientific fraud I have seen in my long life.” –Hal Lewis The most valuable natural resources we have at our disposal during our brief lives are the following. That’s right, the Earth and the Sun. And if we want life on Earth to continue as we know … Read moreThe Physics of Global Warming
“Every man is free to rise as far as he’s able or willing, but the degree to which he thinks determines the degree to which he’ll rise.” –Ayn Rand We’re all aware that one of the ways that human life on Earth could end, conceivably, is the same way that the dinosaurs went down. And … Read moreHow Afraid of Asteroids Should You Be?
“People fear death even more than pain. It’s strange that they fear death. Life hurts a lot more than death. At the point of death, the pain is over. Yeah, I guess it is a friend.” –Jim Morrison Yes, Jim Morrison, some people are quite strange, too. People Are StrangeBut that’s not what I’m talking … Read moreSome Matter is Strange, but that’s okay
A person without a shadow should keep out of the sun, that is the only safe and rational plan. –Adelbert von Chamisso A few years ago, there was a rumor going around that the Earth’s axis had shifted, and that we were no longer inclined to the Sun at 23.5°. Well, guess what? Today, June … Read moreMeasure the tilt of the Earth today!
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. –Benjamin Franklin Every weekend, I try to bring something light to you, but there’s a lot of heavy stuff going on in the world right now. So instead of the usual, I’d like to tell you just a little bit about why putting even a … Read moreWeekend Diversion: Why is Oil in the oceans so frightening?