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Science and Coding Books For Kids

I mention a couple of kids books in my overviews on Fossil and Evolution Books and Books about Climate Change. Here are a few excellent science and computer programming (aka coding) books for kids. Geology book for kids The Incredible Plate Tectonics Comic: The Adventures of Geo, Vol. 1 is a good stab at making…

In 1817, Karl August Weinhold had a go at a real-life Frankenstein’s monster — only in his version he uses a cat. The German scooped out the brain and spinal cord of a recently dead cat. He then pured a molten mixture of zinc and silver into the skull and spinal cavity. He was attempting…

Albert Einstein finished up his General Theory of Relativity in November, 1915, 100 years ago. Because we use Base 10, this is significant. General Relativity ties together curvature in spacetime with the energy and momentum of matter and radiation. This has a lot to do with gravity. Einstein himself wrote the book on General Relativity,…

Mike Haubrich and I are developing a science oriented podcasting effort. It will be called “Ikonokast” (all the good names, like “The New York Times” and “Apple” were taken). We decided to enhance the podcast with a WordPress based blog site, perhaps with each page representing one podcast, and containing backup and supplementary information. Here…

Happy Veterans Day

We have to stop making new veterans, especially VFWs, but until we do we should honor them for their service. Huxley’s grandpa, who served in the Navy in the Asian theater during Viet Nam, is stopping by Huxley’s school today for a flag raising ceremony. I’m always on the fence when dealing with issues of…

Texas Flooding

I don’t have anything to say right now about the flooding in Texas. But I am watching, and learning, and paying attention to various sources. But, for now, you’ve got to see this:

Rethinking Pandemics At Several Levels

Here’s a question for you: Historical records show that another pandemic will occur, but no one knows when. How do we create a mind shift among world leaders and people in general to start planning for the next one now? This question is being posed in connection with the series premiere of National Geographic’s “Fighting…

Here, without comment, is a handful of screen grabs showing the results (at the time I grabbed them, Wed AM) of several on line polls asking who won last night’s Democratic Party presidential debate in Las Vegas. Note: For most polls, I needed to vote first to see the results. I voted alternately for Sanders…

Hillary Clinton just came out with her climate change plan. Here it is. Hillary Clinton’s Vision for Modernizing North American Energy Infrastructure Flipping a light switch, adjusting the thermostat, or turning a car key in the ignition brings predictable results—the light goes on, the temperature changes, the car starts. But where the energy for those…

By “they” I mean AP. But, really, CSI kinda messed this up too. Put this one on your list of examples of effective activism that backfired. AP is throwing out the correct term, ‘denier’ in favor of a bogus term, to describe climate science deniers. CSI wanted them to stop using ‘skeptic’. But the baby…