Author Archives: Dani Johnson

About Dani Johnson

I am 26 years old and I live in a college town with my boyfriend, our 2 dogs and chinchilla, 4 additional room mates and the house cat. Since I share financial responsibilities with my boyfriend I am waiting on him to finish college before I go back (he's almost done!). I will then focus my studies on Science Writing. I want to write particularly about Astrophysics, Cosmology and Planetary Science. Until then, I spend my free time listening to various podcasts about science and skepticism to inspire deeper research on potential writing topics. I also enjoy sewing, drawing, writing fiction, spending time with the boyfriend and pets, amateur astronomy and some girly things like nails, hair and makeup.

Coffee Basics and The Truth About Espresso

I’ve had to take a hiatus from writing because I was recently hired as a manager at a local coffee shop, but things have settled down a little bit and I’ve decided to take on my favorite pastime, again. One … Continue reading

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The Science Behind the Aurorae

My last post was about how various old mythologies explained the Northern and Southern Lights, so it seems appropriate to talk about the amazing science behind the aurorae, next. In short, the phenomena is caused by charged particles that stream … Continue reading

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How various old mythologies explained the northern and southern lights

Above Image: NASA’s IMAGE satellite captured this view of the aurora australis (southern lights). Image Credit: NASA/JPL Source: NASA; Sourced for this blog in 11/2013. Image is available because NASA is a government entity and its images and websites are … Continue reading

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Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and caldron bubble.

It’s my favorite time of year, again. I’ve been listening to my “Spooky Symphonies” radio station on Pandora and wearing my favorite glow-in-the-dark nail polish all month long. I just went and saw the new Carrie movie, and I plan … Continue reading

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Common Myths About Periods and Pregnancy

I’ve heard so many myths about my female body that it’s hard to keep up with them all. Some of them are so ridiculous that it’s pretty obvious that they’re myths, but some of them are a little more tricky. … Continue reading

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Poolside Misconceptions: Is there really a dye that turns the water blue in the presence of urine?

Above Image: Swimming Pool in Junction, Texas Image Credit: Billy Hathorn: Source: Wikimedia Commons; Sourced for this blog in 09/2013. Image is available under the the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 UnportedLicense. Since I was a small child, I’ve heard … Continue reading

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Should I be taking a supplement to keep my joints healthy so I can maintain an active lifestyle?

I’ve been seeing this commercial for Joint Juice on TV, lately, and found myself actually wondering whether or not this particular dietary supplement is different than all the rest. I wondered, for just a moment, whether or not this one … Continue reading

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Amazing Animals of Africa: Quagga (Extinct)

Above Image: The Quahkah (Quagga) Aquatinta by Samuel Daniell (1775-1811) from the Series African scenery and animals. Image Credit: Smithsonian Institution Libraries Source: Wikimedia Commons; Sourced for this blog in 09/2013. Image is available because it is in the public … Continue reading

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Marvelous Animals from Madagascar: Aye-Aye

Above Image: Aye-aye ImageCredit: Frank Vassen Source:flickr; Sourced for this blog in 08/2013. Image is available under theAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 GenericLicense. Aye-aye are weird little creatures that can only be found in the wild in certain parts of Madagascar. They are … Continue reading

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Amazing African Animals: Zebra

Above Image: Plains zebra and wildebeest running Image Credit: renatela Source: flickr; Sourced for this blog in 08/2013. Image is available under the Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 GenericLicense. Zebras [zee-bruh; British also zeb-ruh] are hoofed mammals that belong to the genus Equus … Continue reading

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