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The Science Thread
« on: July 16, 2009, 12:55:54 PM »
It seems Geoff's latest blog post underscored some interest in science that deserves its own home.

And to kick it off, the Physics lectures of Richard Feymman are now available in their entirety on the web, in an annotated and interactive style that looks pretty cool.  And it's all thanks to Bill Gates.

[ETA: correcting a couple of grammatical and spelling errors.]
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Re: The Science Thread
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2009, 07:47:31 AM »
It seems Geoff's latest blog post underscored some interest in science that deserves its own home.

And to kick it off, the Physics lectures of Richard Feymman are now available in their entirety on the web, in an annotated and interactive style that looks pretty cool.  And it's all thanks to Bill Gates.
This is indeed a treasure.  I have only discovered Feynman a couple of years ago, and he was apparently quite an interesting character.  These video lectures are rather unusual in how they are presented, with simultaneous text and supplementary graphics popping up as the footage rolls.  Feynman is relatively accessible as things go, but sometimes this is just pretty spacey sledding.  Thanks Mark for putting this link up; I'm going to spread the word among my nerdy colleagues, so you may see this in FB-land soon!
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Re: The Science Thread
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2009, 09:01:58 AM »
I saw a short piece on the Golf channel about this course at Yale:  The Physics of Golf
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Re: The Science Thread
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2009, 12:44:44 PM »
"Music is the Earth, People are the Flowers, and I am the Hose."

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Re: The Science Thread
« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2009, 11:38:16 AM »
"Music is the Earth, People are the Flowers, and I am the Hose."

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Re: The Science Thread
« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2009, 12:37:32 PM »
cool pictures of Saturns rings:

http://ciclops.org/view_event/112/Anticipation_Builds_as_Equinox_Draws_Near?js=1
I have got to get my telescope assembled!  By the way, for those of you near clear skies at night, we have a meteor shower coming in the next few days.
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Re: The Science Thread
« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2009, 11:28:10 PM »
I worked on the Voyager project back in 74-75, when it was actually called Mariner Jupiter Saturn, so I've taken an interest in this.

Quote from: Writer's Almanac
It was on this day in 1977 that the Voyager 2 spacecraft was launched. Voyager 2  and its twin, Voyager 1, set out to explore the giant gaseous planets --  Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. They did that, and they are still in  space, releasing new data constantly. Voyager 2's newest discovery concerns the  bubble around our solar system where the solar wind (a thin gas of charged  particles, which come from the sun) meets the space beyond our solar system.  Voyager 2 has shown that that bubble is irregular, or squashed, not round.
  Just in case the Voyagers make it into another solar system  with alien life forms, each Voyager has a record that is three-quarters music  and one-quarter greetings in 55 languages and various sounds from nature. The  music includes Beethoven, Chuck Berry, Louis Armstrong, and traditional songs  from all over the world.
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Re: The Science Thread
« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2009, 02:40:04 PM »
couldn't decide where to put this... Good News: a beaver sighting (get your mind outta the gutter!). The first beaver seen on Long Island in over 100 years. He apparently migrated from New England , which means he swam across Long island Sound (!)

http://easthamptonstar.com/DNN/Home/News/Beaver/tabid/9764/Default.aspx

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Re: The Science Thread
« Reply #9 on: August 29, 2009, 01:51:47 PM »
couldn't decide where to put this... Good News: a beaver sighting (get your mind outta the gutter!). The first beaver seen on Long Island in over 100 years. He apparently migrated from New England , which means he swam across Long island Sound (!)

http://easthamptonstar.com/DNN/Home/News/Beaver/tabid/9764/Default.aspx

"Ward, I'm no longer worried about the beaver"

This is the inspiration for the current cover story in Nat'l Geographic Magazine.

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Re: The Science Thread
« Reply #10 on: October 02, 2009, 09:15:23 AM »
Berkeley scientists find 'missing link' between human and chimpanzee evolution, 4.4 million year old skeleton.

http://www.siliconvalley.com/news/ci_13461419
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Re: The Science Thread
« Reply #11 on: October 02, 2009, 10:17:22 AM »
Berkeley scientists find 'missing link' between human and chimpanzee evolution, 4.4 million year old skeleton.

http://www.siliconvalley.com/news/ci_13461419

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Re: The Science Thread
« Reply #12 on: October 02, 2009, 10:20:59 AM »
Berkeley scientists find 'missing link' between human and chimpanzee evolution, 4.4 million year old skeleton.

http://www.siliconvalley.com/news/ci_13461419

100,000 Creationists heads just exploded!

If only that were true, there's probably be a lot less opposition to the public option, too.
Let's get right to it.

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Re: The Science Thread
« Reply #13 on: October 06, 2009, 10:12:28 AM »
DUDE! Revenge is, like, totally SWEET! Elizabeth Blackburn, one of the Nobel Prize winners announced yesterday, was fired by the Bush administration for criticizing their opposition to Stem-cell research.

http://thinkprogress.org/2009/10/06/elizabeth-blackburn-bush/
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Re: The Science Thread
« Reply #14 on: October 06, 2009, 10:29:40 PM »
To da moon Alice!  NASA to Bomb the Moon this Friday in search of more water.
Scientific American -  "On October 9, a NASA probe called LCROSS will bomb the moon, near its south pole, to look for more signs of lunar water in the blast debris"...
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=water-galore-on-moon-and-mars-2009-09