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Apr 05 2009

Sunday Sensational Science

Q & A with Neil DeGrasse Tyson At long last, the continuation of Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s lecture. Been long enough, hasn’t it? But well worth the wait. Q & A with Neil is an unforgettable experience. No matter how off-the wall the question, Neil had a ready and witty answer. When asked whether there was …

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Mar 22 2009

Sunday Sensational Science

Evolution as Mountaineering I haven’t forgotten Neil DeGrasse Tyson, I promise. We’ll get back to him. Right now, though, I’m on a Richard Dawkins spree. There are two books anyone who’s confused about evolution should read: The Blind Watchmaker and Climbing Mount Improbable. The poster below sums up the result rather well: Most of us …

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Mar 08 2009

Sunday Sensational Science

Seeking Other Worlds: Kepler Space Telescope Launches This Sunday’s Sensational Science is a quickie, as we’ve got plenty of awesomeness in COTEB. But one can’t let news like this pass unmentioned (h/t): A new telescope that will be able to detect earth-like planets around other stars successfully launched Friday night from Kennedy Space Center in …

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Mar 01 2009

Sunday Sensational Science

“Pluto Had it Coming.” Neil deGrasse Tyson does science at Seattle’s Town Hall When I’m old and gray and suffering from Alzheimer’s, I’ll still remember this lecture. Lecture? Can you call what amounts to stand-up comedy routine by so dry a word as lecture? I think not. It’s like calling Pluto a planet – it …

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Feb 22 2009

Sunday Sensational Science

Transitional Fossils Ron Britton, one of the Masters o’ the Smack-o-Matic, recreated this wonderful poster that really says everything one needs to say when arguing evolution’s case. He says: I’ve always liked this poster. The evidence for evolution goes way beyond the fossils, but this poster summarizes the fossil evidence quite well. One of the …

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Feb 15 2009

Sunday Sensational Science

Lucy’s Legacy Lucy got us on our feet and thinking. That’s no small thing, although she was tiny – about the size of a seven year-old. She was a big deal here in Seattle this Valentine’s Day, when a passel of people walked over to see her at the Pacific Science Center, and got to …

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Feb 08 2009

Sunday Sensational Science

Blogging for Science Alas, due to various and sundry distractions, I haven’t been keeping on with the science blogs as I should. For this Sunday’s Sensational Science, I do believe we’ll need to remedy that situation. But first, I just want to point out something: blogs, and the internet in general, have been a boon …

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Feb 01 2009

Sunday Sensational Science

Scenes from the Juan de Fuca Plate I enjoy living in geologically interesting places. That wasn’t always the case – there was a Bad Moment in elementary school when we were learning about volcanoes, and if I’d had any choice in the matter, I would’ve chosen to move somewhere dead boring. Staring out the classroom …

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Jan 25 2009

Sunday Sensational Science

Completely gratuitous picture of Michio Kaku Outstanding Science Authors As an SF author trying to grasp enough science to make her world work, I’ve read a crapton of science books. Some of them have been meh, some mkay, and some teh awesome. There are authors whose books I return to endlessly, not merely because of …

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Jan 18 2009

Sunday Sensational Science

A Science Daily biomedical grab bag. Alas, spelunking the Science Daily website turned up no news in breakthrough treatments for evil Aunty Flow. Between her antics and the goings-on in Gaza, I didn’t have time to put together anything coherent. But plucking biomedical news at random from Science Daily will give you at least a …

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