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  • Astro Gnome

    Star Wars and the Parsec Palaver: Even if George Lucas did mean to use “parsec” as a unit of distance, he’s STILL wrong.

    Star Wars and the Parsec Palaver: Even if George Lucas did mean to use “parsec” as a unit of distance, he’s STILL wrong.

    Trigger warning: This article explains basic geometry and science, with the unfortunate downside of demonstrating that Star Wars is wrong about something, and that the fan boys don’t know what they’re on about. Expect heated comments from angry fans who lack the ability to understand reality, or have a sense of humour, below 😉 OK, it’s time to bury this […]

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    A Tale of 2 Alberts: A light crisis in physics and Gravitational waves

    A Tale of 2 Alberts: A light crisis in physics and Gravitational waves

    When Cal asked me to write a post about the LIGO announcement regarding the long awaited direct detection of gravitational waves, I had to take some time to think about how to approach it. I realise this is a few weeks after the announcement, but luckily I can piggy-back on Einstein’s birthday celebrations. I could try to give you an […]

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  • Bio Inspiration

    An Application of GMOs that’s not all Pork (I’m sorry)

    An Application of GMOs that’s not all Pork (I’m sorry)

    So for GM March, I thought I’d make a GM blog that’s not about GM crops.   Insulin is a very important hormone produced by specialised cells located in patches in the pancreas known as the Islets of Langerhands. People who either can no longer produce it (Type 1 diabetes) or do not respond well to it (Type 2 diabetes) […]

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    Zika Virus-What is it?

    Zika Virus-What is it?

    Hello all, a bit late for this I know, but I thought I would write a blog about the Zika virus. If you have been coma the last few months, let me first catch you up on whats been going on. The Zika has been on the news recently due to the outbreak in certain areas of the South American […]

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  • The Godless Wolf

    God’s Not Dead 2 — He’s still imaginary

    Since I reviewed the first “God’s Not Dead” film, it seemed necessary to review the sequel… and man was it a Grand Central of disappointment. In the first movie “God’s Not Dead” the whole film was centered around providing a case for the existence of God. In the first film, a Philosophy professor is under fire from one of his […]

    A Matter of Faith Review

    This film was originally released in 2014, so why am I writing about this now? Truth is I wanted to make a review of it a long time ago, but missed the opportunity to see it in theater. So I had to wait to see in on DVD, but it was never made clear when it would be released. Over […]

  • The Devil's Dumplings: Musings from Atop the Spike

    You Don’t Speak for Me

    You Don’t Speak for Me

    I know I wasn’t going to talk about politics but something has been happening that I have to comment on. In the current race to nomination to represent the parties in the upcoming presidential election there has been a lot of attempted romancing happening, by all parties. We expect to see this, as voters. We expect to be romanced when […]

    The Fingertip Rule

    The Fingertip Rule

    Among my many attributes, I usually list that I am a mother (and pretty high on the list, I mean it’s not like they are going anywhere anytime soon) to three teenagers. My daughter, being the only girl and in the middle of the three, has been having trouble in school. Not with learning. Quite the opposite, actually. She’s bored […]

  • Skeptical Inquests

    A Critical Review of “GMO OMG” (Part 2): Fear and Loathing in Haiti

    A Critical Review of “GMO OMG” (Part 2): Fear and Loathing in Haiti

    After talking to random people on the streets of his local town about GMOs, Jeremy Seifert travels to Haiti, where he says “something happened that really awakened me to a much bigger story about seeds and food and control.” In June 2010, more than 10,000 Haitians gathered together in the streets to protest a generous donation of seeds that Monsanto […]

    The Tribeca Film Festival vs. Anti-Vax Propaganda

    The Tribeca Film Festival vs. Anti-Vax Propaganda

    The tension between good science and conspiracy-happy fearmongering about some of the most important innovations in science has manifested itself in every aspect of social life, including and perhaps especially in popular culture. A recent instance of this tension can be seen in the kerfuffle that arose in this year’s Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. Robert De Niro, […]

  • Brad OH Inc.

    A Time for Greatness

    We closed off last week’s article, ‘The Heights Flags Dare Not Fly’ (Link), with a heavy-heart and an ambiguous question—who now to rise up and fix this mess of a world we find ourselves in? It is—at the very least—a rather serious imposition to place upon even the best of us, yet it’s unlikely to be the wisest or the […]

    The Heights Flags Dare Not Fly

    Aside from writing, a significant portion of my week is comprised of driving to and from schools. As a result, I’ve recently made a disturbing observation. It seems to me there is seldom a day which goes by that the school flags are not set at half-mast. I’ve noticed it far too often to chalk it all up to an […]