Nerdy advice on how to live a better life: argue, disagree, and think

I know, this isn’t a Ghostbusters review.  I really need to write that thing.  For now, please believe Nerdist when they say that it won’t ruin your childhood (though I think I liked it more than they did). Anyway, I’ve been contemplative lately (which means this will likely be a long post).  Specifically, I’ve been pondering the fact that the information …

Cleveland, the RNC, and peace (a humble nerd’s perspective)

I was all set to write a review of the new Ghostbusters movie (which I saw last night, and will still review), but there’s something a little more important weighing on my mind. Right now, Cleveland (my back yard) is hosting the Republican National Convention (RNC). Most of us locals are not exactly excited about this (no matter which side …

Cosmos is kind of incredible

Neil, you are the man.  If you ever happen to read my humble blog, please know that you’re one of my personal heroes, and I find the work you do (both in and out of a lab) to be truly world-changing. Why do I think all of that about Neil Degrasse Tyson?  The man is on FOX–that’s right, the network …

High school kid to solve energy problems?

A high school student wrote a brief essay on why we should use ammonia as a fuel source for our cars.  Not only did he write that essay, he actually makes a pretty solid and straightforward case.  So solid, in fact, that he got published in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. I strongly urge you to go read his post. …

Sometimes conspiracies are real (climate change)

You know how sometimes you think that maybe the world is out to get you, or some all powerful-group is controlling your economic future? Well, if you’ve ever thought that the blatant disregard for scientific evidence surrounding climate change must be due to some mighty group of rich people trying to bury the truth so they can keep selling the …

Science BAD! Money GOOD!

So some morons in congress decided that science is bad, and that we shouldn’t allow scientists to talk to the public at large because that’d be bad. Think I’m making it up?  Think again.  I really wish this was some sort of insane person’s conspiracy theory, but this is real, live stupidity, folks. The gist is that lobbyists from the …

Here’s a cool idea for writers and readers everywhere: real sci-fi

I’ve found out that a couple of scientists on the Kepler Spacecraft project have written an anthology of stories called Kepler’s Dozen. What makes that so awesome, you ask?  Simple–they’re stories about REAL exoplanets with environments and technologies that are all completely scientifically accurate (based on what we know now). This science fiction writer finds this idea fairly kick-ass.  I’m …

Moving atoms to make a movie

Science kicks a lot of ass.  Here, I’ll let the videos do the talking.  Keep in mind, they’re moving around individual carbon monoxide atoms to make movies (the making of video is after the break).