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It is commonly believed that conservatives' appeal to voters is based on fear -- fear of blacks; fear of homosexuals; fear of cities (which is pretty much fear of blacks and homosexuals); fear of the poor (or rather, fear you will be forced to give money to the poor, many of whom are black people, w ... More >>
The Global Warming crowd is claiming that climate change is part of the reason that a hurricane is about absolutely crush New York City."Substantial evidence indicates that global warming may be responsible for the recent increasing intensity of Atlantic hurricanes, including increasing their size a ... More >>
The Leipzig team of genetic scientists has announced that it was able to completely decode the genome of an extinct species of humans, the Denisova, using DNA extracted from a single 10-milligram bone fragment of a 50,000-year-old skeleton. The skeleton was found in Southern Siberia in 2010, and cam ... More >>
via WikipediaA theoretical Higgs boson event or Laser FloydOn Tuesday, scientists at Cern will reveal the latest results of their search for the elusive Higgs boson particle. Some are expecting the researchers, who have been working at the Large Hadron Collider, to announce that they have fou ... More >>
People in the Western part of the country were treated to a total lunar eclipse this morning. Luckily you don't have to be a resident of California or an early riser to see it--someone already videotaped it for you. Check it out above.
With the ascension of Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, and other GOP candidates who don't cotton to this evolution or climate change stuff, people have begun to ask if Republicans and conservatives are actually becoming hostile to science. It doesn't help that one of those people is Repu ... More >>
via the Lawrence Berkeley National LaboratoryStarting this weekend, you will be able to see a cosmic phenomenon without the aid of a mountaintop telescope or highly politicized university grant. Researchers at the Palomar Observatory in Southern California found a white dwarf star about 1.4 t ... More >>
via NASA's Image of the Day GalleryThe galaxies you see in the image to the right, VV 340 North (top) and VV 340 South (bottom), are careening towards each other and on a cosmic collision course. The Hubble Telescope took the photo and it shows the two galaxies "in the early stages of their i ... More >>
Burnham in his Prescott, Arizona home lab, circa 1960. Yesterday, we published the first half of a 24,000-word "self-interview" by Lowell Observatory astronomer Robert Burnham, Jr. on what would have been his 80th birthday. Burnham died in 1993 at the age of 61. He was known not only for hi ... More >>
Burnham, circa 1960, at the telescope Clyde Tombaugh used to find Pluto 30 years earlier Today, June 16, 2011, would have been Robert Burnham Jr.'s 80th birthday. Burnham was an Arizona astronomer who produced one of the most unusual, and most beloved, set of books of science, his Burnham's ... More >>
An Icelandic volcano called Grimsvotn (so much easier to say than that other Icelandic volcano) about 120 miles east of Reykjavik has been erupting since Saturday, with ash now approaching Scotland and Ireland, where Barack Obama and co. are visiting. This means they'll leave Ireland tonight, ... More >>
Burnham, circa 1960, at the telescope Clyde Tombaugh used to find Pluto 30 years earlier One month from today, the Voice will make public for the first time a 24,000-word autobiographical essay written by a man named Robert Burnham, Jr. Burnham died in 1993 at the age of 61. On June 16, had ... More >>
Life, the universe, and everything
Two scoops of pain!Good news! Our sun is about to enter "solar maximum," the time in its life-cycle when it's at its most active. Wait a second, that's bad news. National Geographic reports that within the next couple of years, massive sun storms will possibly knock out GPS systems, blow up p ... More >>
This is Jupiter; Tyche is Way Cooler than Jupiter (photo via Joshua Bury)When the International Astronomical Union demoted Pluto from planet to icy space rock, our solar system lost a spunky outsider with a weird orbit; the perennial underdog. The Independent reports that little Pluto may alr ... More >>
NASA has discovered 54 new planets that might be habitable to humans, either giving us a planet for vacation homes or an escape plan for the end of the world. The planets are part of a larger discovery by Kepler telescope that includes 1,235 possible planets outside Earth's solar system. Exci ... More >>
via The StarYeah, so, what did you do over your holiday break? If you're like us, you survived mainly on videos of kittens and antipathy. But if you're like 10-year-old Canadian Kathryn Aurora Gray, you became the youngest person ever to discover a supernova. (If you're like us, you wouldn't ... More >>
Hustlin'Jack Horkheimer died last week. Son of a bitch. I didn't hear right away because I was on my way to a week in Maine. An e-mail got through to me on the road. Well, I thought, I'll just wait for the canned "Star Gazer" obits to appear, and when I get back to town I'll get around to wr ... More >>
This demonstrates matter and antimatter and purple and pink. Purple pretty.The New York Times reports that physicists at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory have discovered a new clue that could help us understand "why the universe is composed of matter and not its evil-twin opposite, a ... More >>
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Couric: Partly cloudyOn Monday night, Katie Couric swung from CBS's coverage of the oil spill to the Tennessee floods by saying she was moving "from a man-made disaster to a natural one." That's one big and unproven assumption. How does Couric know that the worst Tennessee flooding in history has no ... More >>
Dan Winters for the New YorkerJohn Mackey eats his vegetables, denies global warming You might remember the brouhaha when Whole Foods co-founder and CEO John Mackey came out against government-backed health care reform this summer. You may also recall the incident about two years ago when it ... More >>
The ongoing pissing match over Sarah Palin's inked-up gimme cap has a new combatant, now that John McCain has taken a stand. If you managed to miss this earth-shaking controversy, the Senator's former running mate was photographed in Hawaii wearing a McCain campaign sun visor with the logo bl ... More >>
Don't eat him! You might remember the interview published here with journalist Charles Clover about his new documentary, End of the Line. Part of that movie reports on a study by a group of scientists led by Boris Worm at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. Using world catch data, they ... More >>
Since last year's Department of Health report found that one-fourth of our sexed-up citizens have herpes, New Yorkers should be exceptionally interested to learn that a Harvard Medical School researcher has found a "topical treatment" that, via RNA interference (RNAi), disables key genes necessary f ... More >>
The New York Times has an interesting little piece today about how astronomers have discovered a fascinating paradox: as the expansion of the universe picks up, development of stars and galaxies is actually slowing down. For the literary set over at The Observer, however, thinking about this science ... More >>
When Klaus Jacob talks, important people take action. Except the important people paying him.
Bloomberg's man Dan Doctoroff has an answer for rising seas: more coastal condos!
"Our political system has something in common with the earth's climate," Al Gore is saying to wild applause. "It is non-linear. Change can seem to be happening slowly, and then it can shift to a completely new path." The former vice president and current star of the documentary An Inconvenient T ... More >>
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