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Category Archives: Space
Imagine a fat guy doing a cannonball into a calm swimming pool. We can predict that a minute later the surface of the pool will be mottled with waves: ridges and valleys, peaks and pits. The Standard Model of cosmology … Continue reading
One of the strengths of science and the scientific method is that it is self-correcting. As new evidence is found, old ideas are tested against that evidence. Should they fail, they are either modified or discarded and new ideas take … Continue reading
Aspirin is one of the modern medicine’s best known and successful medications. It was the first safe effective anti-inflammatory treatment. It was one of the safest early pain medications. Initially used for fevers, aches, and pains, it is known world wide. Similar to … Continue reading
The curiosity rover on Mars continues to delight us with photographs of Mars surface. Recently the rover transmitted a photo to Earth from a section known as the Kimberley, named for a section of Australia. One of the images has … Continue reading
Every now and then a discovery rolls in that really catches my eye. Just today, the team at the BICEP2 project announced that they may have detected gravitational waves within the cosmic microwave background. While the discovery has yet to … Continue reading
Darryl Anka was born in Ottawa on October 12, 1951. He moved to Los Angeles as a child where his father, a nightclub entertainer, was expected to become the “next Mario Lanza.” Musical fame found its way down another branch … Continue reading
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
Some new age channellers state that, sometime in the not too distant future, the Earth will come into contact with something that they call the “photon band”, or “photon belt.” When this happens, they say, our planet will be rained … Continue reading
Meteorite collection is a very interesting scientific endeavour. A very popular location for scientists to collect them is Antarctica. Not only are they preserved in freezing temperatures without hardly any contamination, there are several locations on the continent where a … Continue reading