Category: Science and Technology

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Thursday Throughput: Somewhere In the Vicinity Of Betelegeuse

So we’re still where we were two weeks ago: Betelgeuse might explode tomorrow. It might explode a hundred thousand years from now. But if it does explode soon, we will get the best look we’ve ever had at how stellar explosions work.

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Briefly, on the STEM vs Humanities debate

It’s one thing to be critical of some of the excesses. It’s quite another to suggest that there’s something inherently wrong with people who work within STEM disciplines.

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Thursday Throughput: Nuclear Explosion Edition

So if you are standing next to a nuclear bomb, you will experience conditions similar to the core of the Sun. But…don’t worry. You won’t experience them for very long.

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Heisenberg’s Billboard

’90s music is messed up for the same reason my suburban Seattle city isn’t the most dangerous city in the United States.  And that reason colors everything you consume on the internet

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Thursday Throughput for 9/12/19

I don’t think there are enough exclamation points out there for me to express how gob-smacking this is.

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Thursday Throughput for 8/22/19

A new treatment for Ebola, if administered early, can cut the fatality rate to 6%, a stunning reduction from the normal rate of 75%. We now have this and a working vaccine.

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Thursday Throughput for 8/1/19

I’m not one of the “we have 12 years to save the planet” doomsayers. But it does feel like we are approaching an inflection point. We will survive; but our options for how we will survive are narrowing rapidly.