Monthly Archives: March 2007

Episode 4 — Physics: A Brief History

In future episodes, I’ll be discussing various turning points in our understanding of the universe around us — so it made sense to me to start with a little historical context. This episode is an overview of the history of physics, at a very high level so I can get through everything (at least briefly) in under half an hour… Continue reading

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Astronomy buff?

Even if you aren’t, but especially if you are, you have to check out this funny insurance company commercial (in French, but with subtitles) courtesy of YouTube… Continue reading

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I guess it is rocket science after all…

As most of you have probably heard, SpaceX had the second demonstration launch of its Falcon 1 launch vehicle a few days ago — and things didn’t exactly go as planned…. Continue reading

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If only it were this easy

Brewster Rockit: Space Guy deals with global warming Continue reading

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Episode 3 — History in the rocks

This episode is all about fossils — how they’re made, why there are occasional “gaps” in the fossil record, and the interesting way in which culture and mindsets have shaped our views of them over the years.For sources, and those who’d like to follow along, the episode’s show notes are here…. Continue reading

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Seriously impressive Mars video

The U. S. Geological Survey used images taken by the HiRISE camera on the MRO (Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter) at Mars to make some really impressive computer-generated flyover movies. In particular, these “virtual flyovers” are of the terrain around the two MER rovers’ current locations. Aside from the sheer fun of watching the movies, it’s felt that they’ll help the rovers’ human handlers better choose future paths for them…. Continue reading

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Episode 2 — Climatology Basics

A few weeks ago, the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) released the executive summary of its fourth assessment report (FAR). Since (at least in the U.S.) this will soon be the core of a number of political arguments, but many folks probably don’t study climatology in their spare time, I thought a little background would be helpful. So this episode is devoted to the basics of climate science, as well as a very brief history of the field… Continue reading

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So I guess this means I need to start eating more broccoli…

These things are always non-scientific, and this one’s more than a little macabre, but I figured — hey, what hat I got to lose?You’ll die from an Unlikely Illness (like the plague).You will unfortunately succumb to a random and unlikely disease. Only to find out after death that eating more broccoli would have cured you.’How will you die?’ Continue reading

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