Owls Aren’t Wise & Bats Aren’t Blind: A Naturalist Debunks Our Favorite Fallacies About Wildlife by Warner Shedd, with illustratins by Trudy Nicholson, is a pretty good book on fallacies in nature, things people believe that are not true. I.e., that owls are wise or that bats are blind. Continue reading Owls Are Not Wise
The Assault on Reason: Our Information Ecosystem, from the Age of Print to the Age of Trump, 2017 Edition by Al Gore is a book you may want to read, and if that is the case, be aware that it is currently available for $1.99 in Kindle format. Continue reading Al Gore: Trump’s Assault on Reason
A funny thing happens when you add a little cornstarch to a liquid and heat it up. Continue reading Edible (ish) clothing paint from Science Friday
Part I: Liquids, edibles, slimy things. (The next part will tend towards the electronic and robotish.)
Focusing on elementary school, mainly around 2nd or 3rd grade, this is what I see on the market this year. A lot more water, day to day pragmatic science, and specialized kits that generally produce stuff you eat, throw out, or otherwise dispose of, which saves a lot of closet space in your home! Continue reading What are this year’s best science toys for young kids?
Perovskite is a special kind of mineral, calcium titanium oxide composed of calcium titanate (CaTiO3), discovered first in the Urals and named after Lev Perovski (though it was discovered by Gustav Rose). Continue reading Perovskites and why you should care about them
It is very hard for Democrats to feel comfortable with the idea of a sweep, an election that changes everything, handing us power once again, at least for a while, and wiping out the other guys. This is hard to feel comfortable with for two reasons. First, it nearly never happens, so any thought it might is easily jinxed, and second, we know full well that once it does happen, if it does happen, we’ll screw it up right away and the counter-sweep will be pretty bad. Continue reading For the moment believe Democrats can kick the bums out in ’18
Yet another Republican in the US Congress is leaving. Bob Goodlatte, of the Virginia 6th, and chair of the House Agriculture COmmittee, will retire in December 2018. His seat will be up for grabs. Here is what he says about it, as reported in WaPo: Continue reading The Rats are Leaving the Ship. What lifeboat are the heading for?
This is just out: Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics by Lawrence O’Donnell, lately of MSNBC. Continue reading New Book by Lawrence O’Donnell
Expect Republicans to say, “Yeah, by the didn’t win by much, so it doesn’t really count.”
When they say that, show them this: Continue reading Northam is the projected winner in Virginia.
It is now being reported that Syria will sign the Paris Climate Pact.
This will leave the United States as the only country in the entire world that has not signed the accord. This may be the first time that the US was quite so alone in an international agreement. The reason the US has not signed is because Donald Trump decided this. Many assume this is because Trump, the Petroleum Industry and Russia are in cahoots over oil. I think not. The main driving force for Trump Policy is this one single thing: Did the black guy do it? If the black guy did it, then undo it. Paris is a product of President Obama’s administration, therefore it can not stand under Trump. Never ind what our country, or the world, wants or needs. Continue reading Syria Will Sign The Paris Climate Accord