Q Bacca, Q-California, and QANON Sense…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Existentialism, Fascism, Human Rights Q Bacca Jacob Chansley, the so-called “QAnon Shaman” arrested for storming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, has filed an emergency motion before a federal judge in Washington, D.C., “for sustenance.” In the alternative, Chansley is asking to be released from jail pending trial. The requests areContinue reading “Q Bacca, Q-California, and QANON Sense…”

Aiming the Archer…

Topics: Diversity in Science, Moonbase, NASA, Space Exploration, Spaceflight Artemis, in Greek religion, the goddess of wild animals, the hunt, and vegetation and of chastity and childbirth; she was identified by the Romans with Diana. Artemis was the daughter of Zeus and Leto and the twin sister of Apollo. Source: Britannica The Biden administration’s crucialContinue reading “Aiming the Archer…”

Black History Month…

Topics: African Americans, Diaspora, Diversity in Science, Women in Science Former First Lady, Secretary of State, and Presidential Candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton said “women’s rights are human rights.” Comparatively, Black History is American History. The insurrection at the Capitol wasn’t just white privilege on-steroids, it was ignorance writ large. Not that the information isn’t inContinue reading “Black History Month…”

Rocket Science…

Topics: Mars, Nuclear Fusion, Space Exploration, Spaceflight, Women in Science A physicist has come up with a new rocket engine thruster concept that could take people to Mars ten times more quickly. The physicist in question, Fatima Ebrahimi, is the concept’s inventor and is part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). Ebrahimi’s studyContinue reading “Rocket Science…”

Physicists Look Like Me…

Topics: African Americans, Diversity in Science, Women in Science The National Society of Black Physicists stands with those that fight against systemic racism and for freedom, equality, liberty, and justice to become a reality for all of America’s citizens. Click the button below to read the statement from our president. National Society of Black Physicists,Continue reading “Physicists Look Like Me…”

The Lethality of Magical Thinking…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Existentialism, Fascism, Human Rights “The human understanding is no dry light, but receives infusion from the will and affections; whence proceed sciences which may be called ‘sciences as one would.’ For what a man had rather were true, he more readily believes. Therefore, he rejects difficult things from impatience of research;Continue reading “The Lethality of Magical Thinking…”

Meh…

Topics: Astrobiology, Astronomy, Cosmology, SETI I would extend his theme to cover something that comes naturally to us all, which I’ll call Pseudo-exceptionalism—the unearned conviction that we are exceptional, superior to others because we were born…us. We simply assume that we’re kinder, more honest, more realistic, more wholesome than those around us. After all, we’re married to ourselvesContinue reading “Meh…”

The Question is Moot…

Topics: Astrobiology, Astronomy, Astrophysics, SETI Cultural references: The post title refers to NC A&T Alumni, and Civil Rights icon Reverend Jesse Jackson’s appearance on Saturday Night Live, and the Wow! signal. Personal note: This signal appeared on the same day my granddaughter was born. On April 29, 2019, the Parkes Radio Telescope in Australia beganContinue reading “The Question is Moot…”

Nanoscale Knudsen Flow…

Topics: Fluid Mechanics, Materials Science, Nanofluidics, Nanotechnology Gases flow through a porous membrane at ultrahigh speeds even when the pores’ diameter approaches the atomic scale. This finding by researchers at the University of Manchester in the UK and the University of Pennsylvania in the US shows that the century-old Knudsen description of gas flow remainsContinue reading “Nanoscale Knudsen Flow…”

High Flight…

Topics: Mars, NASA, Planetary Science, Space Exploration, Spaceflight “High Flight” by John Gillespie Magee, Jr. Ingenuity, a technology experiment, is preparing to attempt the first powered, controlled flight on the Red Planet. When NASA’s Perseverance rover lands on Mars on Feb. 18, 2021, it will be carrying a small but mighty passenger: Ingenuity, the MarsContinue reading “High Flight…”