Environment

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Why does the Earth have a liquid core?

“If you ever drop your keys into a river of molten lava, let ‘em go, because, man, they’re gone.” -Jack Handey Take a look at our home planet, Earth, and one of the things you’ll notice is that over 70% of the surface is coated in water. We all know why this is, of course:…

Weekend Diversion: Protecting the Night Sky

“As long as one person lives in darkness then it seems to be a responsibility to tell other people.” -Bill Hicks If you’ve ever been out in the wilderness at night, in a place where it truly gets dark, and where you’ve got, as the English band Keane would tell you, Clear Skies,you will find…

“My girl, my girl, don’t you lie to me, tell me where did you sleep last night? In the pines, in the pines, where the Sun don’t ever shine, I’ll shiver the whole night through.” -Leadbelly, among many other variations It’s already been a couple of months since I wrote about Global Warming, and was…

Energy: Five Good Questions

“Almost every way we make electricity today, except for the emerging renewables and nuclear, puts out CO2. And so, what we’re going to have to do at a global scale, is create a new system. And so, we need energy miracles.” -Bill Gates Energy is one of the most important topics facing our modern, industrialized…

Science could have it all wrong. But…

“We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.” -C. S. Lewis Many of you are a little bit skeptical that I talk about things like the History…

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,…

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…

Where is everybody?

“If the Universe Is Teeming with Aliens… Where Is Everybody?” -Stephen Webb As egocentric as we are, we know that not only are we but one planet of many orbiting our Sun, but that when we look up in the heavens, every point of light we see is another chance — another opportunity — for…

Oh, no! There goes Tokyo…

“This is Tokyo. Once a city of six million people. What has happened here was caused by a force which up until a few days ago was entirely beyond the scope of Man’s imagination.” -Steve Martin What was once only in the realm of our wildest science-fiction fantasies has become a nightmare come true for…

Nuclear Power: Fiction, Fear, and Facts

“And Lord, we are especially thankful for nuclear power, the cleanest, safest energy source there is. Except for solar, which is just a pipe dream.” -Homer Simpson If you’ve been reading or watching the news, you’ve probably been hearing a whole lot of information about the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in Japan. And how the…