Politics Trumps Science
There has been a lot of climate change news with the recent issue of yet another climate change report underscoring the dangers of anthropogenic climate change due mainly to release of CO2 into the atmosphere by the burning of fossil fuels. Short-sighted politicians swayed by even shorter-sighted … Continue reading
Along with the doubt about human-caused global warming comes doubt in another accepted science axiom.
Consider this quote taken from the pages of the Seattle Times, specifically this article on skepticism of the Big Bang.
“Science ignorance is pervasive in our society, and these attitudes are reinforced when … Continue reading
I have been thinking about science education lately. Not the kind you get in school. Rather, the education that comes from watching charismatic men (for some reason it seems to always be men) of science on the television.
When I was growing up, we had Carl Sagan, we had Phillip … Continue reading
Last week, I began a class on climate change through Coursera. If you aren’t familiar with Coursera, you owe it to yourself to check it out. Hundreds of absolutely free classes from major universities. In some cases, you can even pay a fee and get college credit for the … Continue reading
When I think back to my childhood, one thing I miss is all the free time I poured into reading about astronomy and physics. Other areas caught my attention as well, but it was these two subjects that captivated my imagination.
Arctic sea ice has shrunk to the lowest amount on record, according to this AP article by Seth Borenstein.
The ramifications of this are enormous. Rising sea levels mean coastal devastation globally. It’s coming, folks. Lewis and Clark’s northwest passage is now open, so to speak. Continue reading
In July of 1969, a four-year-old boy was taken outside by his father. His father pointed up at the moon and told the little boy that for the first time ever, somebody was up there.
While my real-time memories of the Apollo program are blurred in the past and recorded … Continue reading
Here are some photographs from today’s partial solar eclipse. We weren’t able to drive up to Flagstaff to see the annular eclipse, so we settled for what we could see in our front yard. Not bad. This is the closest I’ve seen to totality.
The eclipse does make some interesting … Continue reading