science tidbits


The National Center for Science Education

A new mission for the NCSE! Eugenie Scott announced on a podcast recently that the NCSE will take up the fight against anti-science global warming ideas being taught in schools. It seems that some parents and teachers want to skirt the scientific consensus and either not talk about this subject or use bad science to discuss it. Meanwhile, Scott and the NCSE staff will continue the necessary battle to keep religion out of public schools. Religion in the guise of creationism, intelligent design, so-called academic freedom, and “teaching the controversy,” etc.

Exciting times in outer space

In a complete reversal of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds, earthlings are sending a ray-gun wielding robot to invade the Martian turf. The rover Curiosity’s laser can allegedly vaporize bits of rock from 25 feet away for spectrometric analysis. Did you see video of the launch? Or maybe you were lucky enough to be there. It seemed too good to be true. So perfect and professional. I would love to see film of the weird landing in which the rover hovers over the surface attached to a frame and is then lowered to the ground. First we send bouncing balls with robots tucked inside. Now this. This is an amazing animation if you can wait through the first two minutes until the Mars landing.

Then there’s Kepler 22b, the first extraterrestrial vacation spot. Maybe. The SETI program is turning its lonely eyes to you, Kepler. “Woo,woo, woo.” (That’s a song reference,okay? Joe DiMaggio, etc.) In a few years we’ll probably have many such planets to choose from – just no way to get there from here. And it’s probably not the sort of the place the non-organics hang out, and don’t you think it’s the non-organics who rule out there? The NGs, we call them here at dangblog. They are our pals who suck up energy where its plentiful, not at flesh-bag infested watering holes like the earth. 

Higgs boson rumored to make an appearance

It’s the elusive particle, that, if it exists, would help explain how elementary particles get their mass: the Higgs boson. Rumors have sprung up that an announcement from our friends at the Large Hadron Collider is imminent. Others say it’s just another rumor. A Higgs Boson walks into a Catholic church and the priest says, “We don’t allow Higgs Bosons in here.” The Higgs responded, “But without me, how could you have mass?”


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