Archives for March, 2011

Blow Your Mind!

If you’re interested in the complexities of our brain, a glimpse into the incredible complexity and beauty of how connections between our neurons can lead to ultimately what makes us human, this video is a must. Take five minutes, and prepare yourself to be awestruck.

Kids’ Choice: Gym, Art or Science Class?

Photo source. Teaching kids science has always been a challenge, but why? Isn’t a child’s nature to explore and discover new things everyday? Every child has this capacity and somewhere along the way many of them lose the spark, the joy of discovery.

1,210 Billionaires!

Forbes magazine announced yesterday their list of the world’s billionaires – a record number at 1,210 individuals. The top ten are….

You’re probably familiar with the “Bible Belt,” that swath of our nation characterized, for example, by the preponderance of Christian groups, such as Baptists: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has just released a high resolution map {see above}, “Percentage of Adults with Diagnosed Diabetes,” revealing a “Diabetes Belt.”

Aquatic Ethereal Beauty

Juvenile Cowfish Photograph by Chris Newbert, Minden Pictures A photographer’s strobe gives a violet sheen to this translucent juvenile roundbelly cowfish off the coast of Kona, Hawaii. Also known as the transparent boxfish, the roundbelly cowfish has two short horns in front of its eyes. Stunned by the beauty of these photographs of translucent undersea…


I don’t know about you, but I am ready for this… From Mashable: the Sheen “eraser”….

New Drugs: An Endangered Species?

Once again, Big Pharma is under attack. Let me provide a different perspective.

Bering Sea Chill, Salmon Jumping!

The Pacific Decadal Oscillation, or PDO, affects sea surface temperatures and wind flow in the North Pacific. This graphic from NASA shows sea surface temperature departures from average, as well as wind anomalies (arrows), for different phases of the PDO. Credit: NASA JPL. The Bering Sea, west of Alaska, gives us yet another example of…

Diets are at the nexus of a multi-billion dollar industry, often the stuff of empty promises and switch and bait advertising. I’ve had a longstanding interest in nutrition as a science, and was pleased to read an article {The New York Times Magazine, March 6, 2011} about a “Die-Later Diet.” I highly recommend that you…

Yesterday, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson posted a comment in response to my article, “Charlie Sheen “More Scientifically Literate Than Most”? Based upon Dr. Tyson’s firsthand account of his discussion with Charlie Sheen about the cosmos, I would like to extend an apology regarding my statement, I’m not sure which to question first – the judgment…