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Archives for February, 2013

Meteor Impact Blasts Chelyabinsk

For once an asteroid strikes when we were kinda, sorta expecting one to.  According to the Washington Post, the Russian Academy of Sciences “estimated that the meteor weighed around 10 tons and was traveling at 10 to 12 miles per second (roughly 30,000 to 45,000 mph) when it disintegrated.”  The same report estimates that more…

Perennial Perils of the Solar System

On February 15th, Asteroid 2012 DA14 came hurtling between us and our satellites, twelve times nearer than the Moon, so close that it was visible through binoculars from certain parts of the globe. Greg Laden writes, “This asteroid is not going to hit the earth now or during any of the next few decades, but…

Messing With No. 2

It’s not often that medical science seems nuttier than its alternative.  On Respectful Insolence, Orac dismisses the enema as a cure for all ills, writing that the “liver, colon, and kidneys” are specialized to remove toxins, and you won’t “become chronically ill if you don’t shoot water up your butt periodically to wash the poop…