Category Archives: Science

Fruiting Body

On my evening walk and the fungi fibers inside the stump of a tree some neighbors had cut down earlier this summer blossomed into a fruiting body. Same pink and peach colors as six weeks ago. I went back to … Continue reading

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The Long Future

Fascinating piece on the BBC on how Marie Curie’s discovery of radioactivity turned human speculation on the future on its head. In 1921, the celebrated scientist was returning to Europe from the US with a fraction of an ounce of … Continue reading

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Some Biology

A friend in social media alerted me to a Catechesis on the Human Person penned by Bishop Michael Burbidge. I suspect other people may be better qualified to discuss this document from a different perspective, but let me offer mine, plus … Continue reading

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Cardinal Burke + Ventilator

An American cardinal progresses from pandemic denial to ventilator care. Not a happy thing, even in taking notice of it.  I suppose we are at the stage where some good may come of it, aside from his hopeful recovery. Some … Continue reading

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Strange Family

Living things are arranged into families. We know that today mostly based on genome sequencing. But a lot of the earlier groupings were spot-on because of obvious characteristics–a group of animals being clearly cat-like or flowers being like the rose.  … Continue reading

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USPS: Echo Satellite

Nearly forgotten in the mists of time and science denial was an interesting experiment long, long, long before GPS satellites were even on the drawing board. A Minnesota scientist had an idea that if balloons covered by reflective metal were … Continue reading

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My Favorite Mission

Fifty years ago today, my favorite space mission left lunar orbit. It was a perfect alignment of summer vacation (therefore no interference going to school), the first serious scientific moon landing, and an early morning tv slot with Walter Cronkite. … Continue reading

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Let’s Have Another Surge

Why not? Because 2020 was so much fun, especially for health care workers. Last time I checked, the operation for vaccines was developed under Mr Trump’s administration. So I find it super curious so many of the man’s ideological supporters … Continue reading

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Vax Goals

So, the country falls short of its new president’s 70% goal. In the heady post-war fifties, there would be a lot of trust in the science of the day. Some conservatives just don’t want to get on board, or the … Continue reading

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Mask Maturity

Apparently, our corporate masters’ spies thought I would be enchanted by facebook posts discussing masks. Pretty sure I annoyed a few people who were celebrating their freedom from facial coverings. My pastor mentioned he heard from a parishioner who was … Continue reading

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Spit It Out

So, it’s been an interesting week of interface with the virus and associated acts. A friend of mine alerted me to a vaccine opportunity about an hour away in breezy downtown St Cloud. Monday my wife joined me for a … Continue reading

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Snowball Earth

It may be something of a misnomer. Ice is more likely. But the Earth once looked like this, so we are taught.

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Nightmare For Science Deniers

A social media friend unearthed a nugget from twitter from a bit over a year ago.       There’s the obvious situation that the government is paying out a fraction of this. (Who knows? Before it’s all over maybe … Continue reading

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I Hope It’s True

I notice a politician from a neighboring state embarrasses himself on science. It’s not really news to see politicians tripping themselves up on things. These days, it’s often sex. Maybe the GOP is particularly prone to bumbling science. And sex. … Continue reading

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How Smart Is This?

Some months after his passing, someone gets the better of Stephen Hawking in an “epic” tweet. This two-year-old summary appeared on one of my social media feeds today, and I had to wonder how smart or effective a tack this … Continue reading

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