Monthly Archives: April 2007

Episode 7 — Meet the Neanderthals, Part 2 (Cousin / Cuisine?)

Now that you got a little background on the history of Neanderthal studies in episode 5, it’s time to dig a bit deeper. This episode is all about how we may be related to them — as ancestors, or just distant cousins. Continue reading

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Episode 6 — Special Relativity

So, you may be asking, what’s so darned special about relativity? Well, it’s just the foundation of modern physics — and then, there’s that little E=mc2 thing. At the very least, as preparation for some future episodes, you’ll need a little background in modern physics. If you’re new to the podcast, you’ll want to check out episode 4 (Physics: A Brief History) first, just to put this in context with its historical predecessors…. Continue reading

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Don't fear the frame…

Every now and again, some argument will get started in the blogosphere that is so pointless, so utterly self-defeating that it makes you question whether folks are really thinking at all.The tempest in the teapot du jour is about “Framing” science…. Continue reading

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Episode 5 — Meet the Neanderthals

As a prelude to some episodes on human evolution and our historical relatives, I thought it would be helpful to start out with a bit of history. So this episode is devoted to the history of Neanderthal discoveries, and how those discoveries were viewed culturally…. Continue reading

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Funny, it seems I've seen you somewhere before…

From Reuters, by way of the BBC comes an interesting piece of news. Engineers and scientists at the Shanghai Aerospace System Engineering Institute proudly unveiled a prototype lunar rover that they’ve been working on. This is all fine and good, it’s just that the rover looks… well… a bit familiar… Continue reading

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