We Are All Covered in Star Stuff

(Image via It's Okay to be Smart)Adam Frank talks about Sagan's immortal line, and its more prosaic but no less remarkable corollary. He does the math to describe just how much space dust is falling on us right this minute. It's enough to make you want to stay in the shower.(I'm actually working with some micrometeorite slides at the moment. I'm tediously scanning them, looking for the tiny craters caused by collisions with space dust. And of course the f'n stuff is all around me.) … [Read more...]

The Northwest Passage is Open for Business

Sometimes the climate change news really hits me where I live - literally and figuratively. Take this article from the maritime news site gCaptain:Danish Panamax Coal Carrier Completes Northwest PassageA large sea freighter completed a voyage through the hazardous Arctic Northwest Passage for the first time on Friday as global warming opens routes that mariners have wanted for centuries.The 75,000 deadweight-tonne Nordic Orion, built in 2011, left the Canadian Pacific port of … [Read more...]

The Water Table is an Atheist Conspiracy

Tyler Francke at God of Evolution encountered Ray Comfort playing the "You're not a real Christian" card to some of his detractors. Faced with the mother of all True Scotsman arguments, Francke upped the ante:Well played, sir. Well played indeed.Oddly, there is a group that goes this far. The Congregation and People of Tradition for Proselytism and Jihad, AKA Boko Harem, in Nigeria. That nickname roughly translates to "Western education is sinful," which works as a name and a … [Read more...]

Sail-Powered Robots

This is cool: wind-powered automatons or kinetic sculptures called "strandbeests" by the Dutch artist Theo Jansen.http://vimeo.com/68081694Turns out, Adam Savage is a huge fan:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JnTThZMJAg#at=46 … [Read more...]

73.5% of All Statistics are Made Up

James McGrath vents a bit on the prevalence of dubious inforgraphics on the 'net: … [Read more...]