“If people do that and remain or become evangelical, I’m OK with that. So long as they don’t hurt and exploit others, especially the poor, the oppressed, and the marginalized. If they remain or become Catholic, AOK. If they remain or become Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, pagan, agnostic, atheist, or anything else, I really don’t … Continue reading “Losing My Religion”
“This image, captured with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, is the largest and sharpest image ever taken of the Andromeda galaxy — otherwise known as M31.This is a cropped version of the full image and has 1.5 billion pixels. You would need more than 600 HD television screens to display the whole image.” via Sharpest … Continue reading Realizing Our Place in the Universe
Much as the sonorous tones of a cello arise from the vibrations of the instrument’s strings, the collection of nature’s particles would arise from the vibrations of the tiny filaments described by string theory. The long list of disparate particles that had been revealed over a century of experiments would be recast as harmonious “notes” … Continue reading Brian Greene on the State of String Theory 2015
The Sun is directly overhead of the Tropic of Capricorn in the Southern Hemisphere during the December Solstice. The December Solstice occurs when the Sun reaches its most southerly declination of -23.5 degrees. In other words, when the North Pole is tilted furthest – 23.5 degrees – away from the Sun. via TimeAndDate.com At 6:03 … Continue reading Shortest Day of the Year
I was excited to see Interstellar last weekend. I’ve always been impressed with Director Christopher Nolan’s movies and the artistic vision he has brought to everything from Batman to Inception. It’s hard to write a full review of something as expansive as Interstellar, especially since I’m not a film critic and there are a number … Continue reading My Interstellar Review (Spoiler Free!)
Fun read… A look into the deep, dark, strangely complicated world of Simpsons mathematics. via Homer's Last Theorem – Boing Boing. Continue reading Math on the Simpsons
They estimate that somewhere between 30% and 50% of the water in Earth’s oceans must be older than the Sun. via Earth Has Water Older than the Sun – Scientific American. Continue reading Earth Has Water Older than the Sun
Almost missed it… Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica, Latin for “Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy”, often referred to as simply the Principia, is a work in three books by Sir Isaac Newton, in Latin, first published 5 July 1687 via Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Continue reading Happy Birthday, Principia
Thanks to Steven for passing this on… Continue reading Universal Numbers
Amazing that we are still discovering important aspects of our solar system that totally change how we look at our cosmic neighborhood. Continue reading Amazing that we are still discovering important as…
Watching the new Cosmos on Fox (Newton episode) and really miss being an 8th grade science teacher now. Continue reading
That humans have confirmed the Higgs boson and much of the underpinnings of the inflationary nature of the universe shortly after the Big Bang (gravity waves!) in the last two years (not to mention other advances in biological, psychological and sociological sciences) in a time of scientific budget cuts and anti-scientific thinking in our country … Continue reading Inflationary Theory Confirmation and Human Nature
Chilling to see the results of Chernobyl still working themselves out in the natural world… “Apart from a few ants, the dead tree trunks were largely unscathed when we first encountered them,” says Timothy Mousseau, a biologist at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, and lead author of the study. “It was striking, given that … Continue reading Decomposers and Radiation
Merianna and I were watching House of Cards Season 2 and I happened to be sitting on the floor playing with the pups when I remarked “was that an earthquake??” Turns out… yep. Continue reading SC Earthquake!
Whatever you’re doing right now, stop it. And go look (watch) this amazing production: Planet Money Makes A T-Shirt. Code is on GitHub. Continue reading The Story Behind a T-Shirt
I never get tired of reading articles pondering whether our universe is a computer simulation / hologram. Now we just need the Ancient Aliens guy to explain how trans-dimensional mice created the original computer to figure out the question with the answer of 42… As cosmic particles fly through the universe, they lose energy and … Continue reading Is Our Universe a Computer Simulation?
Here’s your Monday afternoon mind-bender… It could be time to bid the Big Bang bye-bye. Cosmologists have speculated that the Universe formed from the debris ejected when a four-dimensional star collapsed into a black hole — a scenario that would help to explain why the cosmos seems to be so uniform in all directions. via … Continue reading 4D Star Collapse Lead to Our Universe?
Vint Cerf writes a great post about how the modern-day internet (no, not Facebook and Twitter and TMZ.com) came to be during a tumultuous switchover in 1983: Marking the birth of the modern-day Internet | Official Google Blog: “In an attempt to solve this, Robert Kahn and I developed a new computer communication protocol designed … Continue reading Happy 30th Birthday to the Internet
One of my favorite pages on Wikipedia (and yes, our planet is going to get real interesting in a few hundred thousand years): Timeline of the far future – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: “Due to its northward movement along the San Andreas Fault, the Californian coast begins to be subducted into the Aleutian Trench. Africa … Continue reading Happy Holidays from a Point of Pale Light
The name of my next band… Benjamin Franklin – Wikipedia: “Whilst in London, Franklin became involved in radical politics. He was a member of the Club of Honest Whigs, alongside thinkers such as Richard Price, the minister of Newington Green Unitarian Church who ignited the Revolution Controversy.” Geez I love Ben Franklin. Continue reading Club of Honest Whigs