In Praise of the Vortex

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Extremely cool!

What happens when you put a GoPro camera in a ball of water in space: [Read more...]

Pope Francis In radical break with his predecessors…

Pope John Paul II … Today, more than a half-century after the appearance of that encyclical, some new findings lead us toward the recognition of evolution as more than an hypothesis.* In fact it is remarkable that this theory has had progressively greater influence on the spirit of researchers, following a series of discoveries in [Read More...]

Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s Miraculous Multiplication of Fake Quotes

…and his miraculous conversion of hard-bitten skeptics into mouth-breathing True Believers will be used as evidence in his canonization. [Read more...]

What’s with those dealies you see floating in your field of vision?

All is revealed! [Read more...]

Technology is a Force Multiplier

The more access we have to technology, the easier it becomes for fewer and fewer people to have a bigger and bigger impact on more and more people. And as the impact gets bigger, we have a hard time taking in the fact that so few people could really have such devastating effects. So, for [Read More...]

The Taung Child’s Skull

Interesting Radiolab piece on some CSI: Pleistocene Era science featuring a link to a 3D scan of the skull of an ancient ancestor of ours. [Read more...]

Total Lunar Eclipse Tonight

Starts just before 11 PM PDT, reaches totality at 12:06, should last about an hour. Result: “blood moon” during Holy Week, which is freaking out the signs and wonders crowd. I’ll just enjoy the show till I get further word from God about whether or not this is The End. Unless the weather clouds over, [Read More...]

Navy May Have Figured Out a Way to Make Fuel from Seawater

This would be epoch-making, if true. It could mean the elimination of a potentially civilization-destroying problem: the eventual depletion of our hydrocarbon-based fuels. [Read more...]

Puny Humans, Vast Universe

Given that Cosmos is busy regurgitating the myth of the War on Science by the Evil Catholic Church of Evilness (on the one hand) and Bob Sungenis is just about to embarrass the Faith with a movie on geocentrism that even his own attorney calls “fringe science“, I thought it might be fun to revisit [Read More...]