Archive for the 'General Science' Category


Orionids Tonight, GIANT Science Festival Tomorrow

Sooo…haven’t posted in a while…I can see you’re upset. Here, let me help you:

(1) Peak of the Orionids Meteor Show tonight (LIES — it was last night at 11pm, but it should still be great tonight).  So grab your chums and a few blankets, then just drive till the city is a tiny smudge of light pollution in your rear view mirror. When you hit an empty, deserted corn field, you’ve made it. Lie your tired head down and enjoy some science (it works, bitches). Here’s a great article where you can learn more.


(2) Wiggawhaaaa? This weekend is the first ever National Science and Engineering Festival on the mall (in DC — it’;ll be off the 1300 block)!

Now, I know what you’re thinking. “This is way to good to be true.”

FALSE!  Go to this site and Obama will explain why it’s not only true, but awesome.

US Science & Engineering Festival: Saturday 10/23/10 and Sunday 10/24/19, from 10am to 530am (both days), just off the 1300 block on the Mall.


Nerdy-nite extravaganza

Nerd Nite DC is having a special event! Not sure if I’m going to go because I like free things, however… I do also like beer… and lectures, especially if they’re on beer… hm…. tough call.

Regardless, this doesn’t restrain me from givin you the info.

Date: August 20th, 2010

Where: Rock & Roll Hotel (1353 H Street, NE, Washington, DC)

Nerd Nite DC & Washington City Paper present

a D.C. Beer Week Kickoff Event

Including craft beers and music pairings.
Featuring Beer Director Greg Engert of ChurchKey, Founder & Brewer Brian Strumke of Stillwater Artisanal Ales, Tracy Jill Doty from the NIH, New Rock Church of Fire and many more.

6:00 doors / 6:30 pm – The History, Artistry, and Science of Beer
presentations, band, and of course…beer

10:00pm – Rock and Barley
concert with especially tailored music & craft beer pairings

Tickets are $10 for either event or $16 for both

Find this event on Facebook, here.


Craziest invention ever.

And a really cool TED talk ta boot!  The insane invention I’m referring to is shown about 11:00 minutes in.

Now can it print a burrito.


Spitzer Space Telescope: The Musical and Buckyballs!

From PhysicsBuzz (click for blog post). This is pretty damn hilarious, if I do say so myself.

More about the Spitzer Space Telescope here.

ALSO, the Spitzer telescope recently found extremely large molecules, called “buckyballs,” in SPACE. This is pretty cool because buckyballs are now “the largest molecules known to exist in space.” But space, my dearest, is pretty neat. More on that here! (Props to Amanda T. for first bringing this to my attention.)


articles, articles, articles (and other cool shit).

(1) NSF Article: “A Star is Born…But How?” which describes exactly that. It’s a brief, but good article about research into the birth of stars that’s being done at Columbia University (funded by NSF, of course).

(2) NASA article about the WISE (Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer) sky survey “Like a globe-trotting shutterbug.” That guy was on something when he said that.

NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, will complete its first survey of the entire sky on July 17. The mission has generated more than one million images so far, of everything from asteroids to distant galaxies

(3) “A Scientist Takes on Gravity,” from the New York Times. This article ain’t too bad, even though sensationalism always bothers me a bit. And if you have any further questions about it, please let me know.

Reversing the logic of 300 years of science, [Erik Verlinde, a string theorist and physics professor at the University of Amsterdam] argued in a recent paper, titled “On the Origin of Gravity and the Laws of Newton,” that gravity is a consequence of the venerable laws of thermodynamics, which describe the behavior of heat and gases.

There is more, and seemingly more reasoned, information on this on the blog Asymptotia. But, regardless of whether it’s right or not, it’s verrrry interrrrresting.

(4) “New Primate Fossil Found in Saudi Arabia.” Fun archaeology article. I love shit like this. Always dreamed of being a tomb rader. But that was after veterinary surgeon, astronaut, and president of the United States, so…yeah, it was last year.

That’s it for now! Weaker than I expected, but that’s cause the other stuff I got planned will have full posts to explain em. Anyways, enjoy!


weekly topic: part zero

Hello happy readers — of which I have no idea if you number among the many or the few (read: still only Amanda T.) — I’ve decided to change things up just a little bit.  I’m still going to blog just the same, but I would like to add a weekly edition. 

Every week I’ll choose a physics/astronomy topic and post about it.  So what would you like to know?  Gimme some suggestions! Have a hankering to understand a little bit about quantum entanglement?  Wondering what the hell this “dark energy” is all about?  Something the matter with dark matter?  Nothing is too taboo.  Sockyatome (preferably in the comments)!


P.S. For your viewing pleasure:


NSF Article: “Researchers Discover Relative of Best-Known Human Ancestor”

Very interesting NSF article about the recently-found relative of our earliest known ancestor, dubbed “Lucy.” I love this shiznit. Eat it up.

Within the coarsening base of an ancient mudstone exposure in the Afar Region of Ethiopia, researchers say they found evidence that provides new information about the best-known early human ancestor, Australopithecus afarensis.

Lucy is no longer alone.


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