Category Archives: Science

Yellowstone Slumbers

One of the world’s most dangerous volcanoes could bury two-thirds of the continental US if 640000BC repeats itself. The new that the Yellowstone hot spot may be securely under the Rockies: I like that. Should we be nervous that the … Continue reading

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IVF: Not Necessarily Soul

I received a communication from the Newsy.com site, and a suggestion I link to their 160-second piece summing up major reaction to the 2010 Nobel Prize for Medicine. One thing that caught my ear was the assumption that a fertilized … Continue reading

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What Do You Mean It Was Just A Symbol?

I see the attempt to mock climatologists has had something of a reverse effect. Mark, too, has been taken in by the cute picture of a polar bear on an isolated oceanic ice chunk. (Not the real image on the … Continue reading

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Teach Creation, But Not In Science Class

South Australia’s Non-Government Schools Registration Board says creationism can be taught, but not in science class. That strikes me as about right. The ruling that … … a science curriculum in a non-government school which is based on, espouses or … Continue reading

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Freezing Fog

Interesting weather here in central Iowa yesterday and today. Clouds ordinarily high up in the sky have clung to the ground. With temperatures just at freezing, it looks freaky-beautiful around here. The young miss commented that it’s like Narnia under … Continue reading

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Move Over Marty; It’s The Plastic

A link between feminized boys and contemporary music has yet to be made. But researchers from my undergrad alma mater have called into question shower curtains, vinyl floors, and other plastics to which little boys are exposed. When I was … Continue reading

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Let’s Chill on Global Cooling

The Universe Today blog reports on a blind study in which statisticians were presented with disguised data on warming trends. Seth Borenstein from AP has the original article here. Deke Arndt from NOAA: The last 10 years are the warmest … Continue reading

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Bishop Olmsted on End-of-Life Issues

I noticed Phoenix bishop Thomas Olmsted’s Directives for Catholics Concerning Artificially Administered Nutrition and Hydration. I was pleased to see the recognition of the body’s natural shutdown during the dying process, the end of the body digesting food and processing … Continue reading

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Butterflies

I asked the docent at the Butterfly Garden at the Minnesota Zoo, “Why isn’t the term ‘flutter-by’?” I caught a few moths, like this luna moth: And this moth >>> <<< and this butterfly I used to be able to … Continue reading

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Conspiracy? That’s Ice

I like the discussion on the Universe Today site about arctic ice photos declassified by the Obama administration. Easy to see why the Bushies would want to keep this under their hats. (I wonder how much of the financial mess … Continue reading

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Stem Cells, Embryonic and Other

I’ve been following the Catholic blogoutrage on embryonic stem cell research, so hearing about it on NPR today took me a bit by surprise. One would think the matter was already settled and the Furnaces of Death already fired up. … Continue reading

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Baseball Jock Flunks Math/Science

Not A-Rod, but G-Will. In his defense, he’s a good writer, and I think his books on baseball stand out above his political punditry. Funny how something as obvious as climate change can make chumps out of otherwise smart people.

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Trinity, I Think Not

A curious quote from the usually competent Elizabeth Lev of Zenit: An increasing number of people believe Galileo to be the father, Darwin (whose Origin of the Species is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year) the son, and Albert Einstein … Continue reading

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Miracle of the Sun

Zenit reports that Pope Pius XII experienced the “miracle of the sun.” From the pope’s diary: The sun, which was still quite high, looked like a pale, opaque sphere, entirely surrounded by a luminous circle without the slightest bother. There … Continue reading

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Microwave Survival

I like stories like this. Two big challenges with lunar colonization are finding water to drink and oxygen to breathe. If explorers have to haul it up from the Earth, space exploration will never really take off. Who would imagine … Continue reading

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