Weird Science

Here you will find thoughts, musings and ideas of a scientific nature, or discussions around scientific principals.

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:idea: I Helped Start This Mess: So you think all this internet stuff is new? Rated PG
:idea: Ripping Supermassive Black Holes: The Creation of Level I Multiverses Rated G
:idea: Don Quixote: Who you are is based on what is in your head, which may not be real. Rated G
:idea: Looking Through the Telescope Backwards: It is silly to ask if aliens exist. Rated G
:idea: Yin and Yang: A simple demonstration of balance. Rated G

Summeries of Posts in the Weird Science category:

Bow Shock

(Note: I had been writing the article below when a parallel article appeared in “I.F.L. Science” (the image is linked to it), so I figured it was time to stop editing and just publish.) The Bow Shock of The Great … Read More »

How We Got to Now (Book Review)

Take a moment and ask yourself, “Where would we be without glass?” Many of you are reading this through glass; the glass of your computer or tablet screen, or the glass that rests in a frame on your nose. Heck, … Read More »

Can You Hear Me Now?

I’m reading a fascinating book, How We Got to Now. It is an intriguing look at history through a different, connective lens. It very much reminds me of James Burke’s Connections series. But I’m getting ahead of myself. I will … Read More »

What is a Book?

What is a BookThis post was spurred by Mark S. He sent me a link on a social networking site regarding Matthew Butterick, who allegedly has developed a new format for digital books. I had a look at the link, and Mark and … Read More »

3D Me

3D MeA friend at the school, Damon, and I got into a brief discussion about 3D movies. 3D movies and film grow out of stereoscopic photography. Two images with slightly different parallaxes (angles of view) are presented to the viewer, often … Read More »

The Curmudgeon Effect Explained

The Curmudgeon Effect ExplainedIn an upcoming podcast, my guest and I will casually mention ‘The Curmudgeon Effect’, so I thought it would be a good idea to explain it ahead of time. I am writing a short story titled, The Curmudgeon Effect. It … Read More »

What is Yin-Yang?

The Math of Yin-YangI chose the Chinese philosophy of Yin-Yang for this blog because it is something that I have long accepted and admire for its broad applications, and yet it is so simple. Blogs are platforms for discussion, and discussion always has … Read More »

What Makes You, You?

What makes you, you?Living is difficult, but life itself is amazing. Consciousness is totally miraculous. Your mother had about 400,000 follicles, or potential eggs, that yielded about 480 eggs in her lifetime. Your father produced more than 500 billion sperm cells in his … Read More »

North is to the Left

North is to the LeftI recently saw a clip from “The West Wing” where a group of researchers debated the inherent bias of maps. I had never given the idea much thought. I think very few of us do. We are so use to … Read More »

Light Sabers? Nah.

light sabersRecently scientists have found a method of forming photon molecules. At this announcement there was the speculation of “Star Wars” light sabers. Why not? That would be a lot of fun, wouldn’t it? But I wonder if photon molecules would … Read More »

The Perception Paradox

PerceptionQuantum Mechanics suggests that, due to the fuzzy nature of the subatomic universe, a thing is not in a specific state until it is observed. One test tells us that light is a particle, the massless photon. Another test tells … Read More »

Why Do We Fly?

Flying DreamsHave you ever dreamt that you could fly? I’m sure you have. It is generally assumed that we all do at one time or another. But why do we fly in our dreams? Psychology often suggests that flying dreams indicate … Read More »

The Man in the Moon

:idea:Last night was a clear night, and the first with a Moon that we have had in a while. It was a good opportunity for me to conduct some astrophotography experiments. As I have explained in an earlier post, I … Read More »

Say Cheese

Barlow Lens ReversedNot long ago I purchased a CCD camera for my telescope. I have not had a lot of chances to play with it. However, what few chances I have had show that my expectations will out shine the actual results. … Read More »

Conjunction Junction

Moon And Jupiter 2013 01 21Last night or early this morning, depending on what you want to call 12:15am, I saw an amazing thing in the night sky. Early in the evening, after work, it was so hazy it was almost impossible to see any … Read More »

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