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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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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.

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Thursday Throughput for June 20, 2019

I really hope to live long enough to discover that we aren’t completely alone, even if the neighbors are only one-celled organisms.

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Thursday Throughput for June 6, 2019

If Musk’s full system comes on line, the simple fact is that no one has done the kind of careful study needed to figure out the impact of this constellation.

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Thursday Throughput for 5/9/19

Even with three nuclear disasters, the number of casualties is tiny. And it is especially tiny when compared to the environmental and human cost associated with fossil fuels.

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Thursday Throughput for 4/11/19

Black holes were first theorized in the 18th century. But because they are…you know…black…we couldn’t image them directly. Until now.

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Thursday Throughput for 3/28/2019

This entire nontroversy is a result of two things colliding: one good and one bad. The bad part is that NASA’s spacesuits were built in 1978, The good part is that NASA has recruited more women.

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Thursday Throughput for 3/14

Here’s the thing though: even if vaccines did cause autism, even if they caused other injuries, it would still be worth it.

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Saturn is losing its rings. The shepherd moons are keeping it together but the ice is slowing raining down on the planet and not being replenished. So be sure to take a look some times in the next … well, 100 million years.

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One thing that annoys me is people conflating the far side of the moon with the “dark side”. These are not the same thing.

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Tech Tuesday – 12/18/18

On a personal note, we spent the weekend in Flagstaff, and Bug got to see Mars through a 16″ telescope, and he got to see the Orion Nebula through the Clark Telescope, which showed him 8 baby stars and the glowing green gas of the nebula. Totally worth staying up late and standing in line in the cold.

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Does men’s dominance of Scrabble prove there’s no sexism in science? Eh, not quite.

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