Category Archives: The Science of the Medium

Star Wars: Science Fiction meets Science Fact

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Image Credit: Stefan, Flickr

In celebration of the recently minted Star Wars holiday, May the 4th (be with you), the blogging team at the Scizzle Blog put together some themed science lessons. Being part of that team, I have penned two posts that will surely catapult your brain into space. The first, co-written with Chris Spencer, looks at possible evolutionary histories for some of the most notable characters of the franchise. Entitled The Evolution of the Cutest Creatures in Star Wars, you can check that out here.

My second postClones in Space, I Have Placed (can’t you just hear Yoda saying that?), features my debut infographic effort. Displaying the history of cloning technology using Star Wars characters, ships and worlds as a backdrop, it is the perfect visual springboard for titillating conversation on your next date. I’ve even included cloning basics 101 and given you a peak into the future when scientists plan to resurrect extinct species.

Click on through already – I’ve made science fun…

The Onion. Satirical Science Roundup.

moon_tinyThe Onion has always been a solid and dependable go-to for me when I needed a satirical rant on the state of this backwards world we live in. At the very least, it reminds me that I’m not alone in believing that far too many people are dragging the rest of us down. So for fun, I wanted to throw out a few hilarious articles targeted at the science community and I think you’ll find that while absurd, there’s a lot of spot-on observations to take away.

Holy Shit Man Walks on Fucking Moon

Science Channel Refuses To Dumb Down Science Any Further

Snooze Button Time Traveler Sets Coordinates For 5 Minutes Into The Future

17-Year Cicadas Horrified To Learn About 9/11

Report: Chinese Third-Graders Falling Behind U.S. High School Students in Math, Science

National Science Foundation: Science Hard

Evangelical Scientists Refute Gravity With New ‘Intelligent Falling’ Theory

Scientists: ‘Look, One-Third Of The Human Race Has To Die For Civilization To Be Sustainable, So How Do We Want To Do This?’

Dolphins Evolve Opposable Thumbs

Slovenian 8th-Graders Surprised Even They Outperformed U.S. Students In Science

Check out more in The Onion Science and Tech Section

Food Science Friday

IMG_1415_sm_6Making a great beer isn’t a guessing game.

Science is a huge part of everything we do and interact with everyday, sometimes unbeknownst to (or unappreciated by) a large majority of people. One area that depends heavily upon science behind the scenes is in the mass production of food stuffs and more specifically, in maintaining consistency in product taste and look across millions of units, globally. This holds true in the production of beer.

You might be interested to know that making a good light beer is technically harder than brewing something with more body and a stronger taste. Once you realize that adding a stronger taste makes it easier to mask the other chemicals necessary for the brew, it seems obvious in retrospect. The other challenge, as alluded to above, is one of maintaining consistency. Brew Masters at each of Budweiser’s breweries sample each ingredient at every step of the brewing process and make on-the-fly adjustments to get the taste just right. Check out the full article from Mental Floss Here.

On the subject of creating a great tasting light beer (no one ever said this blog couldn’t lend itself to crude humor):

Splitting the Oreo.

Here’s a crude engineering feat designed to achieve one of childhoods most precise and necessitated acts.

Though, I don’t remember too many kids that were trying to dispose of the oreo cream. I thought food science had apexed at the release of the double-stuffed oreo.  As far as I’m concerned, this gentleman is trying to destroy progress.

Come use your head: Brain Awareness Week NYC

big_brainy_pngThe people in charge are exercising their brains this year all around New York City. In an effort I feel is very much worth while, universities, museums and cultural groups (read: the arts) are taking a moment to involve the general public in a fun-filled educational program.  BraiNY will build upon a worldwide Brain Awarness Week initiative to bring the complexities of the human brain to the forefront in a series of programs that can be digested by children and adults with and without a scientific background.

Universities, museums, and cultural groups are joining efforts to showcase the wonders and mysteries of the brain to people of all ages. The events of braiNY build on Brain Awareness Week, an annual campaign of the Dana Foundation, which includes events in over 25 countries.

This year, for the first time, the coordinated efforts of the braiNY partners will connect New Yorkers to over a dozen events, lectures, exhibits, and demonstrations showcasing the wonder of the brain and the richness of New York’s scientific and cultural resources.

Check out braiNY for a calendar of events and come out to express your support and curiosity. You might just leave with a little more crammed inbetween your ears.