Archives for June, 2011

“Electricity can be dangerous. My nephew tried to stick a penny into a plug. Whoever said a penny doesn’t go far didn’t see him shoot across that floor. I told him he was grounded.” -Tim Allen I know what you’re thinking. “Of course I know what static electricity is!” Oh, really? Let’s go through the…

The Global Warming Crisis

“Doubt, indulged and cherished, is in danger of becoming denial; but if honest, and bent on thorough investigation, it may soon lead to full establishment of the truth.” -Ambrose Bierce About a week and a half ago, I wrote an article called The Power of Theory In Science, where I mentioned the Big Bang, Evolution,…

“Everything that’s realistic has some sort of ugliness in it. Even a flower is ugly when it wilts, a bird when it seeks its prey, the ocean when it becomes violent.” -Sharon Tate For those of you who miss the folksy songs of summer I so often post (but not lately), I have you covered…

“[I]f there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning.” -C.S. Lewis (For readers Mu and Bjoern.) I’ve told you the entire history of the Universe, from before the Big Bang into the far distant future, and yet many…

Monday Funday WE WON Day!

“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” -Sylvia Plath A few weeks ago, I told you about a science writing contest going on over at 3 Quarks Daily, open to all…

“Books won’t stay banned. They won’t burn. Ideas won’t go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only weapon against bad ideas is better ideas.” -Alfred Whitney Griswold Those of you who read my weekend post have some inkling that I’m a bit of a…

“What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning.” -Werner Heisenberg Looking down at the fundamental nature of matter, down past our cells and organelles, deep into the individual molecules and inside of the atoms that make them up, at long last, you get to things like the fundamental…

The Power of Theory In Science

“He who loves practice without theory is like the sailor who boards ship without a rudder and compass and never knows where he may cast.” -Leonardo Da Vinci It’s often lonely, these days, as a theorist. As soon as most people hear the word theory, in fact, they start thinking about something like this: But…

Tomorrow’s Remarkable Lunar Eclipse

“It is one of life’s bitterest truths that bedtime so often arrives just when things are really getting interesting.” -Lemony Snicket Those of you who live basically anywhere other than North America are in for a treat this Wednesday. All over Earth, of course, the Moon is nearing its “full” phase, where the half of…

Weekend Diversion: Bunnies do what, now?

“We’re always on the side of the animal that’s being chased. We always seem to be on the side of the rabbit or the fox and not on the side of the hounds.” -Norman Jewison For those of you who are fans of Punk Rock, Post-Punk, or New Wave music, you definitely need to check…