Archive for May 22nd, 2021

May 22nd, 2021 - 11:03 pm § in Misc., Science

DNA solves airport monkey mystery

“For decades, a colony of wild African green monkeys has lived in a thick mangrove forest near the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport,” Forbes says. “But how on earth did these African monkeys find themselves in … South Florida … ?” “Earlier thi[...]

May 22nd, 2021 - 1:33 pm § in Jews, News Media, Politics

Attention seeker

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) stirred up a hornet’s nest on Friday by comparing mask mandates to Stars of David (photo, left) and alluding to Nazi gas chambers (read story here). There’s nothing original or creative about this; rightwing pastors and other anti-maskers have used this[...]

May 22nd, 2021 - 2:22 am § in Science

Mysterious fast radio bursts traced to spiral galaxy arms

     Fast radio bursts (FRBs) from distant galaxies have perplexed astronomers since they were first observed in 2007, but an international team using the Hubble space telescope pinpointed the location of over a dozen of them — in the arms of spiral galaxies, CNN reported on Friday, May 21,[...]

May 22nd, 2021 - 12:53 am § in Misc., Science

55 years since criticality: The Blue Flash

THE DEMON CORE AND THE STRANGE DEATH OF LOUIS SLOTIN Abstracted and edited from article MAY 21, 2016  THE NEW YORKER Alex Wellerstein is a historian of science and an assistant professor at the Stevens Institute of Technology, in New Jersey. He runs the blog Restricted Data. The blue flash was cle[...]