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Yule Like This
Dec 17, 2018

Yule Like This
A better holiday though science.

Fir tree needles embedded in carpet are a holiday headache.  Why not decorate a genetically-modified, needle-retaining tree instead?  It’s just another way that science is relevant to the holidays.  We have more.

How about science experiments on fruitcake?  There’s a competition that includes launching it with a pneumatic device, running a heavy electric current though it, or blasting it with a blowtorch.  Meanwhile, physics provides insight into those tricky how-does-he-do-it questions about Santa’s delivery rounds.   

Finally, step away from the relatives and consider the implications of the winter solstice. 

Enjoy a better holiday through science!

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Science Breaking Bad
Dec 10, 2018
Skeptic Check: Science Breaking Bad
When fallible humans do science.

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(repeat) The scientific method is tried and true. It has led us to a reliable understanding of things from basic physics to biomedicine.  So yes, we can rely on the scientific method.  The fallible humans behind the research, not so much.  And politicians?  Don’t get us started.

Creative Brains
Dec 03, 2018
Creative Brains
Uniquely human.

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(repeat)  Your cat is smart, but its ability to choreograph a ballet or write computer code isn’t great.  A lot of animals are industrious and clever, but humans are the only animal that is uniquely ingenious and creative. 

Bacteria to the Future
Nov 26, 2018
Bacteria to the Future
Combating resistance.

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(Repeat) Why did the chicken take antibiotics?  To fatten it up and prevent bacterial infection. As a result, industrial farms have become superbug factories, threatening our life-saving antibiotics.

Space Rocks!
Nov 19, 2018
Space Rocks!
The key to our spacefaring future.

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It’s not a bird or a plane, and probably not an alien spaceship, although the jury’s still deliberating that one.  Some astronomers have proposed that an oddly-shaped object that recently passed through our Solar System could be an alien artifact. We consider the E.T.