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10 March 2017

Conspiracy Theory Myths are Not Alternative Scientific Opinions. They are Just Wrong.

I saw this headline today: You see this kind of claim all over conspiracy theory sites online, but it’s just that: a silly conspiracy theory. Let me explain. This is the same as the Surgeon General saying that “We are not totally sure that the oxygen in the air is what keeps us alive”. The science is beyond overwhelming here because there’s no reasonable scientific doubt that the warming over …

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25 July 2015

Learning Physics on YouTube Can Be Very Entertaining

UPDATE: Hours after finishing this piece about physics online, I see a TED talk by John Green covering exactly the same subject with some great examples and his enthusiasm for it matches my own. So, enjoy the TED video below, and check out some of the real science on YouTube. I know you will have to wade through the Moon landing hoax,chemtrail,Clinton killed JFK junk, but there is a lot …

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3 July 2015

Physics Girl Talks Quarks

THIS is cool science communication! I didn’t know that strange and charm quarks could be inside a Proton/Neutron. Neat!

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3 June 2015

This Will Make You Sit Down and Think For A While

I spotted this video thanks to Joe Hanson at It’s OK To Be Smart. He said after watching it that he needed to sit down and think for a while. I love reading about relativity, but i agree with Joe!  To get you to watch the 10 minute video, a question: You have identical watches, one you wind up and is running the other is not. Do they have the …

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10 August 2014

How Weather and Climate Models Work- or Why Meteorologists Learn Calculus

Numerical weather models have come light years over the  last 30 years, and despite what you may think, they make it possible to make very accurate weather forecasts for as much as 5-7 days into the future possible. Have you ever wondered just how they work? It’s not something that you can cover in a few paragraphs, but it is not all that hard to get a basic understanding of …

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5 October 2012

Rare upward lightning videos reveal potential downward triggers

Meteorologists have documented upward lightning, which travels upward from the ground to the clouds, since 1939, but they remain puzzled about how it happens. Now, one research team’s analysis of high-speed video taken in Rapid City, South Dakota, captures a possible clue: a downward flash that preceded most upward lightning filmed by the observers.

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4 July 2012

Happy Higgs of July!

  I don’t normally talk about particle physics here. Planets are really more my thing, but today I need to make an exception for some big news. Scientists at CERN and Fermilab are reporting that they have found the Higgs boson, the missing link in the leading theory of how our universe works at the subatomic scale. The new particle was detected at a mass of 125 to 126 GeV …

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