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Why Does Jupiter’s Red Spot Continue to Fade and Shrink?

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 - by Stephen Green

I have another science story for you, but I promise this one is much more enjoyable than the one about the peanut butter. Travel with me now past Mars, past the asteroid belt, and straight into the heart of Jupiter’s mysterious Great Red Spot: Scientists in Pasadena, Calif., came to the conclusion after re-creating the […]

How Dinosaurs Kept Their Brains Cool

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 - by Stephen Green

When I was a kid and first fell in love with dinosaurs, they were lumbering, cold-blooded beasts who died of stupidity. So much of the past keeps changing: Carrying around an exoskeleton of bony armor is hard work. But armored ankylosaurs figured out a way to shoulder the load and stay cool. These Cretaceous dinosaurs […]

Doomsday Is Broker Than You Think

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 - by Stephen Green

However: But don’t quit your job and empty your bank account just yet. Such a black hole could take trillions of years to topple the universe, and scientists don’t yet have a particle accelerator large enough to create the conditions necessary for such a doomsday. “A particle accelerator that reaches 100bn GeV [the required giga-electron-volts] […]

You’ll Never Guess What Tiny Creature They Found In Outer Space

Friday, August 22nd, 2014 - by Stephen Green

Huh: There are a lot of things in space, but terrestrial sea plankton was not one of them –at least, so we thought. Yet traces of the microorganisms were found on the windows of the International Space Station, as reported by Russia’s Itar-Tass news agency. Experiments had previously shown that microorganisms such as bacteria are […]

There Are no Hobbits

Thursday, August 7th, 2014 - by Stephen Green

From In October 2004, excavation of fragmentary skeletal remains from the island of Flores in Indonesia yielded what was called “the most important find in human evolution for 100 years.” Its discoverers dubbed the find Homo floresiensis, a name suggesting a previously unknown species of human. … In the first place, they write, the […]

The Shape of the Moon

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014 - by Stephen Green

From the Register: A paper published in the July 30 issue of Nature by Ian Garrick-Bethell – an assistant professor of Earth and planetary sciences at University of California Santa Cruz – examines the shape of the Moon as it would be had not millions of meteorite collisions knocked chunks off it, and ponders how […]

It’s the Sci-Fi Disaster Scenario That Didn’t Happen — But Barely

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 - by Stephen Green

From A fascinating NASA presentation suggests that in July 2012 Earth was one week away from being struck by a massive solar storm that would have had devastating effects. … NASA’s own Science News describes this event as being “perilous.” Indeed, as perilous as “an asteroid big enough to knock modern civilization back to […]

5 Cool Tech Stories From This Week

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

1. J.K. Rowling almost broke the Internet. She published a Harry Potter short story and civilization nearly ended. 2. A Turkish student has come up with a 3D printed cast that supposedly heals bones as much as 80% faster than conventional casts. It’s pretty cool-looking.

14 Fascinating Inventors and Innovators from the South

Sunday, July 6th, 2014 - by Chris Queen

After my post a few weeks ago debunking myths about the South, the idea came to me to look into different inventors from Dixie. I found that, as with many regions of the country, most Southern inventors came up with products we don’t use anymore or don’t really think about. But some really fascinating inventions […]

Do Medical Experiments on Animals Really Yield Meaningful Results?

Monday, June 9th, 2014 - by Theodore Dalrymple

As long as men have experimented upon animals to gain knowledge of physiology or pathology there have been others who have decried the practice. Among them was Doctor Johnson, who said of vivisection that “if the knowledge of physiology has been somewhat increased [by it], he surely buys knowledge dear, who learns the use of […]

Senior Yearbook Quote Nearly Gets Girl Banned From Graduation

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 - by Chris Queen

The senior quote. You only get one chance to encapsulate your high school career in a few words. Do you go with something profound? Or funny? Do you make the Oscar speech you’ll never otherwise get to make? Do you quote a famous movie character or historical figure? Do you go with something clever and […]

Paul McCartney’s New Video Aims at #GenerationHashtag

Saturday, May 17th, 2014 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

You don’t normally think “cultural commentary” when you watch a Paul McCartney video. But, with his latest video release for the song Appreciate, the septuagenarian King of Rock continues to pull new tricks from up his sleeve. This time, a catchy song and dance number transcends the usual McCartney fantasyland, providing some smart commentary on human […]

4 Amazing Facts Suggesting the Mind Can Exist Independent of the Brain

Sunday, May 11th, 2014 - by P. David Hornik

Are you just a physical entity, ultimately reducible to the physical entity known as your brain? Is that organ—a bundle of neurons weighing about three pounds—the source of all your thoughts, feelings, and any illusion you may have of a “soul” or a “spirit”? I recently finished reading a 600-plus-page book by a group of […]

The New Charlotte’s Web Medicine

Friday, April 18th, 2014 - by Bonnie Ramthun

My home state of Colorado is a guinea pig for the pros and cons of marijuana legalization. Other states are observing closely to see if they should move down the path towards legalization. There’s plenty of bad news to go around. Police in other states are pulling over Colorado drivers with no justification other than […]

10 Things You Need to Know About the Blood Moons That Begin on Monday

Sunday, April 13th, 2014 - by Paula Bolyard

Megachurch pastor, televangelist and author John Hagee has warned of a “world-shaking event that will happen between April 2014 and October 2015.” He believes that the series of lunar eclipses that will occur between now and then are predictive of major catastrophic historical events. The first “blood moon” will make its appearance on April 15. […]

A Little Typographical Rant

Sunday, March 30th, 2014 - by Charlie Martin

I’ve got cataracts, and thanks to a combination of bureaucratic CF at the doctor, at my new insurance company, and sure enough thanks to Obamacare, I still haven’t been able to get them fixed. (May. Maybe.) For those of you who’ve never had them, the effect is more or less like having really dirty glasses […]

OMG We’re All Gonna Die, Part 4632

Saturday, March 29th, 2014 - by Charlie Martin

Despair is a sin. It’s bhavatrishna. But sometimes … Here a story that’s being pushed as a Facebook thing now. It apparently started as a story in Edmonton, Alberta. Here’s the money quote: “Some of the kelp that I found was higher than what the International Atomic Energy Agency sets as radioactive contamination, which is […]

Bwwaaaak for Super Chicken!

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 - by Stephen Green

Tey’re calling it “the chicken from hell” — in the Dakotas: The 11-foot-long (3-meter-long), 500-pound (225-kilogram) Anzu wyliei is an oviraptorosaur—a family of two-legged, birdlike dinosaurs found in Central Asia and North America. These dinosaurs ranged in size from a few pounds to over a metric ton, according to a study published March 19 in […]

Schrödinger’s ♡bamaCare

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 - by Stephen Green

Let’s get metaphysical with Jay Sekulow: Does “ObamaCare” truly exist? Are we actually living with the law that was passed with so much fanfare four years ago? … Gallup says the number of uninsured dropped very slightly from 17.1% of Americans to 15.9% — a result so insignificant that it’s close to the poll’s 1% […]

Firing Back At The Global Warming Radicals

Monday, February 24th, 2014 - by Chris Queen

Two winter storms in a three week period blanketed the South in snow and ice. Naturally, the Left couldn’t resist the chance to link these winter storms to “climate change.” Qualified scientists like Bette Midler and Politico‘s Roger Simon - not to be confused with PJ Media’s Roger L. Simon - have tried to tie this winter’s weather to […]

Debunked: U.S. Speedskating’s ‘Suit-gate’

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 - by Becky Graebner

The U.S.A. (the well-established, dominant power in speedskating) has had an abysmal performance at the Olympics this year.  Big names like Shani Davis and Heather Richardson haven’t held fists full of medals as predicted. So far, they haven’t even been close. A piece in The New York Times (as well as several other news sources) […]

Al Gore vs. Wallace Stevens

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 - by Roger Kimball

This morning, I walked out our front door and across the street to take a picture: It reminded me of something Al Gore said a few years back: “the world is changing in such dramatic ways right in front of our eyes because of global warming.” Then I thought of something Wallace Stevens said: The […]

Taking Yogi Berra’s Advice

Friday, January 24th, 2014 - by Charlie Martin

Let’s take a road trip. We’re going to visit all the capitals of all the 48 contiguous states, starting from Denver. Now, since we’re taking vacation days to do this, we don’t want to visit any capital more than once, and we want to do this in the least time, or in the shortest distance […]

Should You Vaccinate Your Children?

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 - by Theodore Dalrymple

There is no subject that provokes conspiracy theories quite like the immunization of children. That innocent, healthy creatures should have alien substances forcibly introduced into their bodies seems unnatural and almost cruel. As one internet blogger put it: Don’t take your baby to get a shot, how do you know if they tell the truth when […]