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Animated Physics Lesson

I love the idea of a scientist super hero. We need more of that. Check out our heroic science teacher as he describes particle/wave duality and the double slit experiment — What the Bleep: Quantum Physics.

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Whoa!

I’d never heard of Tidal Locking, the process by which the Moon/Earth system results in a moon whose rotation matches its orbital period. Now that I have though, that is all kinds of cool.

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Not Much Water, Not Much Air

All the water and all the air shows a graphic illustration of all the water on earth if it was combined into a single ball. Put up against the scale of the earth, it looks like there’s practically no water on earth at all. That’s very surprising to me since I thought the earth was […]

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Shark v. Octopus

Check out this cool video of Octopus Attaching a Shark. There’s an unreasonable amount of start/stop buffering in the video which makes me feel like it’s 1998 again, but the video itself is really interesting.

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Look Out Canada…

Look out Canada. We’re coming for your oil shales next. This picture of Oil Depletion in Saudi Arabia shows how close we are to running out of oil in one of the world’s (at one time) largest wells. There are still a few other sources in Saudi Arabia, and they mention something about the vertical […]

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I’d never heard of porphyrins until just a minute ago, and now I think they’re the coolest freaking things ever. Cool…Cool…Cool…Cool!: Shelnutt says the nanodevice could efficiently use the entire visible and ultraviolet parts of the solar spectrum absorbed by the tubes to produce hydrogen, one of the Holy Grails of chemistry. These nanotube devices […]

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Bring Me My SciFi Future

Boy, would I love to believe that We will be able to live to 1,000. I’m generally very optimistic about the potential of science to make the future better. So, I would naturally love to believe that the first person to live to be 1,000 years old is already in their 60s. I just can’t […]

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Knock Me Over with a Feather

I find it really surprising, but it turns out you can swim in syrup just as fast as you can swim in water. Now I really want to go jump into a pool of syrup, or maybe just dive into a big plate of pancakes. Mmmmm… Pancakes.

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Interesting story that discusses Basic Choices and Constraints on Long-Term Energy Supplies.

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Come Again?

I thought I had a fairly decent, laymen’s gross understanding of String Theory. Boy, was I ever wrong. I’m just ever so confused after reading The Myth of the Beginning of Time, a Scientific American article from a few months ago. I don’t even understand what problem they’re trying to solve. It seems reasonably obvious […]

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