Archives for August 5, 2012

Live Blogging the Olympics

OK, I only have a minute to watch while I’m having lunch. A women’s basketball game has just ended. Americans playing Olympic basketball is like kids pulling the legs off grasshoppers. “So, are you ready for your next game, do you have any strategy?” “I don’t even know who we’re playing. I only need to…

This evening, Skeptically Speaking will have Sam Kean, author of The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements and The Violinist’s Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code. Details here. The…

You can watch along with NASA and see briefings and stuff on Curiosity Cam. The Exploratorium also has a page with a web case and various videos. In case you haven’t seen the Seven Minutes of Terror video, here it is: Updates and a countdown clock will be found here on the NASA site.

A newly-published paper reveals how highly-reactive Fluorine Gas has been found in nature, due do a process which takes place within fluorite.

Some of the people who live in the rain forest of Central Africa are known widely as “Pgymies.” That word…Pygmy…is considered problematic for a few different reasons. It refers to a person’s physical appearance, because it means “small.” The word is sometimes used in biology to refer to the smaller species among a group of…

Curiosity Cruises Ever Closer

This just in: Curiosity Closes in on its New ‘Home’ Sat, 04 Aug 2012 06:20:24 PM CDT With Mars looming ever larger in front of it, NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft and its Curiosity rover are in the final stages of preparing for entry, descent and landing on the Red Planet at 10:31 p.m. PDT…