Category: Science and Technology

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Thursday Throughput: Xenon Edition

So have we finally detected dark matter? It’s not clear. As the group themselves note, even a tiny amount of contamination could produce the signal they are seeing.

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Thursday Throughput: Caldera Edition

We’re still learning about the caldera and its past. But perhaps this is one cataclysm a little less likely to hit in 2020.

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SpaceX Launches America

There is something primal, almost visceral about a rocket launch. It’s unlike anything else in the human experience.

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Thursday Throughput: First Galaxies

[ThTh1] As we look deeper into the universe, we have to look with different eyes. The expansion of the universe means that the further something is away from us, the faster it is moving...

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Mini-Troughput: The Triple Lindy Stats Flop

That was the sound of every epidemiologist, economist, mathematician, scientist,s and every virologist simultaneously face-palming and crashing to the ground in a dead faint.

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Thursday Throughput: Great Debate Edition

The Great Debate illustrates the scientific method so beautifully. Shapley was wrong. But he won the debate because the evidence was on his side.

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Thursday Throughput: A Mighty Wind Edition

As a graduate student, Hubble took data for me on my birthday. No that’s not a humblebrag. It’s a straight-up brag. Nothing humble about it.

There's obviously a long way to go before we send off our first interstellar probe. But we have a destination and a serious proposal on the table. And we have the money and the technology. It's only a matter of time and will. 5

Mini-Throughput: Visiting the Neighbors Edition

There’s obviously a long way to go before we send off our first interstellar probe. But we have a destination and a serious proposal on the table. And we have the money and the technology. It’s only a matter of time and will.

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Thursday Throughput: Io Edition

The Era of Classical Astronomy — from Galileo through Newton — was full of these kind of elegant experiments to measure the shape and size of the solar system, the distance to the nearest stars and the speed of light

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Virus-Free Thursday Throughput

So as long as you don’t dive into the deep motion, dig a meter into the sand and then get intimate with it, you should be fine and not get Chlamydia

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Thursday Throughput: Are We Alone Edition?

The sheer number of planets in our Galaxy makes the existence of extraterrestrial life very likely. And the number of planets in our Galaxy — indeed the Universe — is not speculation; it is increasingly solid hairy fact.

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Mini-Throughput: COVID-19

In the end, COVID-19 is a very serious concern. It is infectious, it is spread easily by asymptomatic carriers and it can kill. But it is unlikely to be the end the world.

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Katherine Johnson, RIP

Whenever someone tells me that women can’t do math, I gently remind them that the term “computer” used to literally mean a roomful of women doing math