Flower Power

Jun 15th, 2009 | By Editor | Category: Science

A corpse flower bloomed in Kansas this month.
This is not the type of flower you give your sweetheart on Valentine’s. For one thing, at over 5ft. tall, it’d be pretty cumbersome as a corsage. For another, its characteristic aroma is said to resemble that of dead animals. Yup, delightful!
Supposedly, the plant came up with this [...]

The sky is falling!

Jun 15th, 2009 | By Editor | Category: Astronomy

A car-sized lump from space came crashing down towards our little blue-green ball recently. It was tracked by telescopes around the world before exploding into smithereens at about 23 miles over the Sudan desert.
The cool thing is that the stuff the asteroid was made of is a “completely new material,” according to Dr. Peter Jenniskens [...]

Feathered dinosaurs, and chicken-sized ones

Mar 18th, 2009 | By Editor | Category: Science

Discovery News has some cool stuff about dinosaurs (what is the fascination, anyway? I was passionately interested in these creatures when I was a kid - now my 7-yr. old can’t get enough of them.)
Anyway, according to Thursday’s issue of the journal Nature, a small Chinese dinosaur was covered in vestigial feathers, or at least [...]

The most important picture ever taken

Feb 2nd, 2009 | By Editor | Category: Astronomy

The single most important image ever taken in humanity’s history

Read about Hubble Deep Field, January 15, 1996
Download the High-Def JPEG image (warning: large file - 3.5 MB)
Read about Hubble Ultra Deep Field, March 9, 2004
Download the High-Def JPEG image (warning: huge file! 60.92 MB)

Dumb laws and odd customs

Jan 31st, 2009 | By Editor | Category: Geology, Humor, Math, Politics, Religious studies, The way we live, Uncategorized

On the subject of morals, customs, mores, and the relative nature of right and wrong: It is often the case that what is “right” in one culture, one time, is totally “wrong” in another culture, or at another time.
Nothing proves this better than dumb laws: laws that surely must’ve made some sense to someone somewhere, [...]