Archive for the ‘Science’ Category

January 6th, 2022 - 5:28 pm § in Science

Fusion energy progress report

Fusion works. If it didn’t, the sun wouldn’t shine, and H-bombs wouldn’t explode. Harnessing fusion for electricity production is just an engineering problem. ” … [T]he enormous potential of fusion makes it hard to ignore. It’s a technology that could safely provide a[...]

January 2nd, 2022 - 2:31 pm § in Schools & Colleges, Science

Why Pluto should not be a planet

Well, they’re back at it again. Arguing over whether Pluto should be called a planet, a dwarf planet, or a Kuiper object. I guess it gives astronomers something to do around the water cooler. Anyway, the International Astronomical Association Union, which is as official as you can get, adopte[...]

December 28th, 2021 - 8:29 pm § in Humor, Science

Drunk hamsters (story and video)

The Atlantic gives me only 1 free article a month, so I have to be selective. (The reason I don’t subscribe, besides money, is there’s no point in linking to sources my readers can’t access. The downside to free links, of course, is that when you click on the link you’re usin[...]

December 24th, 2021 - 3:46 pm § in Science

James Webb Space Telescope in space!


December 22nd, 2021 - 10:38 pm § in Science

Tortoise singles ad

She was found in 2019 on Fernandina Island in the Galapagos. No one had seen a Fernandina giant tortoise since 1906. They were written off as extinct. But here she is. Get a load of her! Scientists say “footprints and poop” suggest there’s two tortoises on the island. They hope to[...]

December 21st, 2021 - 6:25 pm § in Science

NASA’s Xmas gift to the world

Windy weather in French Guiana has delayed the planned launch of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) until Christmas Day. (See story here.) Originally scheduled for a 2007 launch, the JWST has experienced repeated delays, and its cost ballooned from $500 million to over $10 billiont. Current statu[...]

November 11th, 2021 - 6:07 pm § in Humor, News Media, Science

The stupid things journalists write

“The Perseverance rover took a well-deserved break in October during solar conjunction, but it’s back to investigating intriguing rocks in Jezero Crater on Mars,” CNN correspondent Ashley Strickland wrote in an article posted on Thursday, November 11, 2021. Or, out of an abundance [...]

November 10th, 2021 - 9:41 pm § in Environment, Science

The oceans need a rest

Oceanographer Sylvia Earle (bio here), 86, told the U.N. climate change conference (aka “COP26”, details here) the oceans so badly need a rest that the world’s nations should immediately ban industrial fishing. This is necessary, she said, not just to prevent the collapse of fisher[...]

November 8th, 2021 - 11:38 pm § in Misc., Science

What time is it at the North Pole?

Paraphrasing Scientific American (story here): “At the North Pole, 24 time zones collide at a single point, rendering them meaningless. It’s simultaneously all of Earth’s time zones and none of them. Sea captains choose their own time in the central Arctic. They may maintain the time zones[...]

October 21st, 2021 - 1:35 pm § in Misc., Science

What are dinosaur bones worth?

This one, dug up from South Dakota in 2014, and now located in Paris, just sold to a private collector for $7.7 million. (Read story here.) A plastic replica presumably would cost less. Return to The-Ave.US Home Page[...]