Category Archives: Science

The Unrecognized War – A Call to Arms

by Nona Blyth Cloud “Your breath first kindled the dead coal of warsand brought in matter that should feed this fire;and now ’tis far too huge to be blown out withthat same weak wind which enkindled it.” William Shakespeare – … Continue reading

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Greta Thunberg and Climate Change

by IRENE FOWLER, Contributor Mother Earth joins humanity to lament and weep Together, wail and sob, crying out from the deep Reverse our course, lest life, in all forms Be damned, to eternal, lifeless, sleep. – Irene Fowler Whatever your … Continue reading

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In Honor of World Lizard Day

August 14th is World Lizard Day, so I am reposting  this report on the Gila Monster: GILA MONSTER: His Myth is Worse than His Bite “I have never been called to attend a case of Gila monster bite, and I … Continue reading

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Two Views of the Celestial Spheres

This engraving by an unknown artist is called Empedocles Breaks through the Crystal Spheres. It first appeared in 1888 in a book by Camille Flammarion with the caption: “A missionary of the Middle Ages tells that he had found the point where … Continue reading

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A Poem for Pluto Day

Pluto is as far across as Manhattan to Miami, but its atmosphere is bigger than the Earth’s.  – Alan Stern, American planetary scientist On February 18, 1930, the planet Pluto was discovered by Clyde Tombaugh, at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff … Continue reading

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A Poem for Pluto Day

Pluto is as far across as Manhattan to Miami, but its atmosphere is bigger than the Earth’s.  – Alan Stern, American planetary scientist On February 18, 1930, the planet Pluto was discovered by Clyde Tombaugh, at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff … Continue reading

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National distractions: Does draconian democracy deconstruct the administrative state

By ann summers Like Caliguila’s horse, Draco (not the Harry Potter one) ordered death penalties for cabbage theft, but had no cure for a leader who also had the mind of one. The Trump Cabinet continues to surprise us with … Continue reading

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TCS: What is the Most Annoying Sound on Earth?

Good Morning! ________________________________________________ Welcome to The Coffee Shop, just for you early risers on Monday mornings. This is an Open Thread forum, so if you have an off-topic opinion burning a hole in your brainpan, feel free to add a … Continue reading

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disinformation as misinformation and malinformation also involves framing

By ann summers Excellent Mother Jones article on disinformation that offers an opportunity to remind us that the interpretive tools are there, but they get misused or disused. Disinformation is false information that is deliberately created with the intent to … Continue reading

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Nuclear Power, Japan, and Korea

By Terry Welshans By the mid-1930s most nations with an interest in such things, were trying to understand how nuclear energy worked. Physicists in Germany, Denmark, Hungary, Japan, England, and the United States were writing and reading scientific papers on … Continue reading

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