Category Archives: science

Shameless Plug: Buy My Books

About a year ago (Merciful Zeus, has it been that long?), the Powers That Be approached me and asked if I would like to write one of our new educational graphic novels.  Throwing dignity to the wind, I said “Yes!  Please!  Oh dear god, yes!”  We do things in series, usually four or six titles per given series.  The series in question would be six titles.  The series would deal with environmental dangers.  The title I was given was to be titled After Earth: Living on a Different Planet.  Pretty sweet, huh?  Well, it gets better.  That one title became four, and all four are soon to be available for purchase.  I provided the story and the pretty words.  The art was handled by Dheeraj Verma.

We’re an educational publisher, so all of our books go through a fairly rigorous vetting in terms of both accuracy and suitability for younger children.  Parents love us.  Teachers love us.  Librarians love us.

So, without further adieu, please buy my books (they are available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble*):

AFTER EARTH: LIVING ON A DIFFERENT PLANET

ENERGY CRISIS: THE FUTURE OF FOSSIL FUELS

GLOBAL WARMING: GREENHOUSE GASES AND THE OZONE LAYER

SINISTER SLUDGE: OIL SPILLS AND THE ENVIRONMENT


*: And, just for due diligence, you can check out the company site for all sorts of educational books for children and young adults.

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“Scotty! I Need More Power!”

Good news, everyone!  Two physicists out of Baylor University have figured out a way to make a ship fly faster than the speed of light without breaking any known laws of physics.  You can read all about their proposed warp drive here.  Armchair theoretical physicist that I am, it all seems to make sense.

So, with the price of gas what it is, I say “Screw that noise, I’m building a warp core.”

Now all I need is a Scotsman and some anti-matter.

Bill Nye Vs. Ed Begley, Jr.

I have no idea why, but Yahoo has posted a bunch of photographs of neighbors Nye and Begley trying to out-do each other in the eco-friendly, green-ification of their homes.  You can see all of the photos on Yahoo, but here’s a peek:

I don’t know about you…but I do love that Science Guy!

Behold: The Mighty Kriegsaffe!

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University have found a way to wire a robotic arm into the brains of monkeys.  All the sciencey details are here, including a video!

I don’t know about you…but I think this means war apes are just over the horizon:

Best. Headline. Ever.

For those of you out there who have never seen an episode of Monty Python, Blackadder, Fawlty Towers, or Black Books, and doubt that the British have a sense of humor…

I give you this article from the BBC.  If you don’t laugh as soon as you read the headline, the terrorists win.

Can You Say “Skynet”?

According to the BBC, scientists believe that machines will reach human-level artificial intelligence by 2029.

Maybe this is just an arbitrary date, but I can’t help but be reminded of The Terminator–2029 was the year that both the T-800 and Kyle Reese were sent back to 1984 to find Sarah Connor.

Weird…

If the Earth Ever Gets “Used Up”

Astronomers have discovered a miniature version of our solar system 5,000 light-years across the galaxy.  So far, they’ve only been able to pick out two gas giants, but speculate that there’s enough room around the system’s red star for warm, rocky inner planets that might be suitable for life.