The Monster They Made…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Existentialism, Fascism, Human Rights It’s the kind of floor speech that sets up a presidential run in 2024 when no one in her party has any illusions: the blogger in Florida will be in too much legal, and financial trouble to actually run for his old “executive time” job, plus, he’llContinue reading “The Monster They Made…”

Volume of Chaos…

Topics: Astronomy, Astrophysics, Cosmology Physicists have spent centuries grappling with an inconvenient truth about nature: Faced with three stars on a collision course, astronomers could measure their locations and velocities in nanometers and milliseconds and it wouldn’t be enough to predict the stars’ fates.  But the cosmos frequently brings together trios of stars and black holes.Continue reading “Volume of Chaos…”

Biological Fukushima…

Topics: Biology, COVID-19, Existentialism, Pandemic Note: Many stories are coming out of Seychelles. It is the most vaccinated nation on earth that is seeing rising cases of the Coronavirus due to tourism by Indian elites. We’re not going to solve this piecemeal, nor treating each other in our backward, moribund tribal “traditions.” This fight isContinue reading “Biological Fukushima…”

Panspermia…

Topics: Astrobiology, Biology, Cosmology, SETI Life, for all its complexities, has a simple commonality: It spreads. Plants, animals, and bacteria have colonized almost every nook and cranny of our world. But why stop there? Some scientists speculate that biological matter may have proliferated across the cosmos itself, transported from planet to planet on wayward lumpsContinue reading “Panspermia…”

Virgin Hyperloop…

Topics: Economics, Futurism, Magnetism, Transportation In the desert just north of Las Vegas, a long white metal tube sits at the base of the mountains, promising to one day revolutionize travel. That is where Virgin Hyperloop, whose partners include Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, is developing the technology for passenger pods that will hurtle at speedsContinue reading “Virgin Hyperloop…”

Munchausen Oligarchy…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Existentialism, Fascism, Human Rights Munchausen Syndrome was named after a German cavalry officer Baron von Munchausen (1720-1797), a man who traveled widely and was known for his dramatic but untruthful stories. In 1951 Richard Asher described a pattern of self-abuse, where individuals fabricated histories of illness. These fabrications most often led toContinue reading “Munchausen Oligarchy…”

Recycled Plastics, Sustainable Fabrics…

Topics: Ecology, Environment, Green Tech, Materials Science Polyethylene is one of the most common plastics in the world, but it is seldom found in clothing because it cannot absorb or carry away water. (Imagine wearing a plastic bag – you would feel very uncomfortable very quickly.) Now, however, researchers in the US have developed aContinue reading “Recycled Plastics, Sustainable Fabrics…”

Antistars…

Topics: Astronomy, Astrophysics, Cosmology, High Energy Physics Fourteen possible antimatter stars (“antistars”) have been flagged up by astronomers searching for the origin of puzzling amounts of antihelium nuclei detected coming from deep space by the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS-02) on the International Space Station. Three astronomers at the University of Toulouse – Simon Dupourqué, LuigiContinue reading “Antistars…”

Masochists, Mask Holes, and Gaslighters…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Existentialism, Fascism, Human Rights, Propaganda Tucker Carlson appears to be made of Teflon. Fox News’ top-rated host has been repeatedly accused of anti-immigrant and racist comments, which have cost his political opinion show many of its major advertisers. Yet Carlson endures in his prime-time slot. Carlson even attacked his own network’s chiefContinue reading “Masochists, Mask Holes, and Gaslighters…”

Elephants, Mice, and Clocks…

Topics: Biology, DNA, Evolution, Research In her laboratory in Barcelona, Spain, Miki Ebisuya has built a clock without cogs, springs, or numbers. This clock doesn’t tick. It is made of genes and proteins, and it keeps time in a layer of cells that Ebisuya’s team has grown in its lab. This biological clock is tiny,Continue reading “Elephants, Mice, and Clocks…”