Category Archives: Science

Streaming In Exile

The Best Buy was weirdly quiet today. I saw people entering and leaving. But inside, it was like people had all disappeared. It was borderline creepy. I bought my streaming stick and left. It was relatively painless to set it … Continue reading

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Greta Is Great

Greta Thunberg sure has the powers-that-be on the run. Fox News blunders then admits it. This week she suggests UN world leaders are immature. Last week she said little in the US Congress, but it was enough: I am submitting … Continue reading

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Teilhard, Attack And Defense

I found myself on the fringes of a facebook discussion about Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, the concern over his being the subject of a fandom and his supposedly foundational racism, his defense at commonweal, and the suggestion this defense is … Continue reading

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The GMO’s Among Us

A human being who can digest dairy is a GMO. If you are one of these, your digestive tract can make something healthy for you from that milk sugar molecule on the right. This article sums up something I read … Continue reading

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Kingdom of Plants 3D

As my family and I consider cutting the cable cord, we enjoyed viewing Kingdom of Plants 3D on an alternate streaming source. We have a significant stash of David Attenborough nature documentaries on our living room shelves. None surpass this … Continue reading

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Of Sharks And Spectacle

I noticed that the Discovery Channel doubles down on its Michael Phelps vs Great White Shark race. All the promotion, interviews and the program itself made clear that the challenge wasn’t a side-by-side race. In Phelps vs. Shark, we enlisted … Continue reading

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On Climate

When I changed majors halfway through college from straight biology to biology-geology, I had an opportunity to enroll in a summer course after sophomore year, GEO 204. I don’t remember the title, but it was about climatology. We focused a lot on ice … Continue reading

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Corporate Disrespect

Wells Fargo was about the third or fourth company that held my Kansas City mortgage. If I still lived there, I’d have to explore some way of selling the debt to someone else. Or raising such a ruckus they’d give … Continue reading

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Science in the Self Interest

A good friend from college has an excellent hard-hitting piece here, citing ways in which leaders in our culture have thwarted the search for knowledge and ultimately, to the detriment of people present and in the future. His conclusion: The … Continue reading

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Trillions

So there are almost five-hundred trees on Planet Earth for every human being. At the time of Jesus it was 25,000 to 1. That’s just a guess.

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Human Spaceflight, 1950

Fascinating story on how Britain might have launched a space explorer ten years before Alan Shepard arced over the western Atlantic. Postwar UK had a lot of other things to deal with. If my recollection of history is right, I … Continue reading

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Monday Opening

Here’s a good summary of evolution in this BBC feature. To the east of me, lots of fossil finds, like this fish, right, from Wyoming. In reading up on natural wonders in my new state, I learned that native legends … Continue reading

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Hymn To Glacier Peak

I’ve been studying up on the geology of my new state. Some basic Wikipedia stuff, but also this summary of the last thirty-seven million years of the Pacific Northwest. This is far headier and (potentially) more dangerous stuff than the … Continue reading

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Metaphor

I see Archbishop Cordileone’s comments from an otherwise low-key liturgy conference are getting attention, positive and negative, in the blogosphere. For my view, I’m glad he declined to name names, but unfortunately, HuffPo identified the retired athlete in the living … Continue reading

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Is The Church Science Credible?

Rick Santorum, with a quote that, when one ponders it, doesn’t seem very helpful for pro-life activists: The Church has gotten it wrong a few times on science, and I think we’re probably better off leaving science to the scientists … Continue reading

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