Explore 100,000 Stars (Because Catholics Can Dig Science)

Yes, it is just what you needed. A three-dimensional star map of the Milky Way Galaxy, thanks to Google. [Read more…]

The Sun Continues To Be Uncontrolled By Us, Throws Out Another Mass Ejection

We ought to write a law or something. Put some lobbyists to work on curbing the audacity of the day star. Take a look. [Read more…]

Time-Lapse Video of the Space Shuttle Moving Through L.A.

Image credit: Mike Blake/Reuters

It doesn’t get much cooler than this. Let’s just say that my hat is off to the driver of this rig, and all of his helpers. [Read more…]

When They Make A Movie About The Man Who Fell To Earth…

Felix Baumgartner, first supersonic human

The lead will be played by Mark Wahlberg. Or at least he should get the role. They look like twins. [Read more…]

A 1,000 Mile Per Hour Car? Let’s Do It!


I’m a sucker for gearhead related stuff like this. Slap four wheels on something that includes a Formula-One engine, a Typhoon fighter plane jet engine AND a rocket motor? I’m definitely interested.

ABC News has the clip (pardon any commercials), [Read more…]

Neil Armstrong and the Landing of the “Eagle” UPDATED

Over at Mental Floss, there’s a great recap of the life and career of Neil Armstrong. I’ll provide you the link in a moment. But first I wanted to share the following narrative of the landing as told by astronauts Alan Shepard and Deke Slayton (with able help by writers Jay Barbree and Howard Benedict) in their book Moon Shot: The Inside Story of America’s Race to the Moon. This is a lot like an episode from Paul Harvey’s  The Rest of the Story. We begin at 1300 feet and falling… [Read more…]

Curiosity’s 7 Minutes of Terror!!! (Because Catholics Can Dig Science)

It doesn’t get much cooler than this… [Read more…]

When Galaxies Collide! Perhaps We Should Start Panicking Now?

 

Noooooooooooooooo!

We interrupt your normal fears and insecurities with a scary story that our best scientists have concluded will take place shortly. That is, if you consider 4-ish billion years from now as “short.”

Truth be told, if it’s going to happen, it has already happened, in God’s time. Anyway, it’s a really neat looking composite artists rendition of the future “Andromeda Way” Galaxy Corp. Don’t worry, as it will truly be a merger of equals. More like a marriage made in heaven. Did I mention that it will take another 2.5 to 3 billion years to consumate? A snap of the finger, literally. The folks at Space.com have the scoop, [Read more…]

There Are Zombies (For Reals!), and They are Ants…

The photograph above is creepy, ain’t it? But seeing as how the researchers don’t say that these fellows are cannibalistic, ant-eating zombie ants, I think I can still sleep well tonight. Because, as you well know by now, Catholics dig science. NPR (yep, those publicly funded, corporate sponsored, vagabonds) ) have the story.

Zombie’ Ants And The Fungus That Saves Them [Read more…]

Riding the Shuttle Solid Rocket Boosters (Because Catholics Dig Science)

Way back at the end of January and into early February, I was pretending to pilot the Space Shuttle into orbit. Remember those heady days when ya’ll (29,172 of you) signed the little petition that could? Exciting times on the USS Freedom of Concience!

Well, what we have here is the sights and sounds of the launch of the Space Shuttle from the perspective of the reusable solid propellant boosters. [Read more…]