Category Archives: Science

Science Museums Prepare to “Encounter Religious Fundamentalists”

The New York Times recently described how science museum workers deal with those who dare to question the hegemony (I’ve added the emphasis): ITHACA, N.Y. – Lenore Durkee, a retired biology professor, was volunteering as a docent at the Museum of the Earth here when she was confronted by a group of seven or eight [...]

Man Charged with Static Walking

Shockingly weird. Victorian authorities believe a man built up at least 30,000 volts of static electricity in his jacket simply by walking around the western Victorian city of Warrnambool yesterday. The man left a trail of scorch marks and molten plastic behind him. It was yesterday afternoon when Frank Clewer walked into a Warrnambool business [...]

Armchair Archeology

Using satellite images from Google Maps and Google Earth, an Italian computer programmer has stumbled upon the remains of an ancient villa. Luca Mori was studying maps of the region around his town of Sorbolo, near Parma, when he noticed a prominent, oval, shaded form more than 500 metres long. It was the meander of [...]

Conspiracy Theorists Rejoice!

It’s possible that NASA doctors its photos of Mars to better meet the public’s expectations.

Very Cool

Dave Williams has developed a refrigeration system that relies just on compressed air. Williams, 26, knew that forcing compressed air through a hole in the middle of a pipe causes hot and cold air to flow from opposite ends, a phenomenon known as the Ranque-Hilsch vortex-tube effect. No one is quite sure how the separation [...]

Prescient National Geographic

In October 2004, the National Geographic Magazine described what would happen were a decent-sized hurricane to strike New Orleans: disaster, not surprisingly. More interesting to me is the National Geographic‘s explanation of why that disaster was becoming increasingly likely: Yet just as the risks of a killer storm are rising, the city’s natural defenses are [...]