Tagged: science


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: 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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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

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Thursday Throughput: Leap Year Edition

In a little over a week, we will have an extra day in February. Why do we do this? Because the time it takes Earth to revolve around the Sun is not exactly 365 days.

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Thursday Throughput: Solar Boil Edition

I understand people are passionate about child abuse. But sentinel injuries worry me as a diagnostic tool. I think we’re looking at another triad.

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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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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 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 8/1/19

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 July 18, 2019

People talk about American Greatness. Well, astrophysics, if I do say so myself, is one the places where America is truly great.

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Tech Tuesday – Spooky Action Edition

To be honest, this is the first I’ve heard of Octonions, and when I first read the title, I wasn’t entirely certain they weren’t talking about a layered root vegetable.