August 17, 2017 Did you know that some people think the Earth is flat? Apparently there are, but I still have trouble believing it. Why? Because I just cannot believe someone is A) that stupid or B) that willing to deny reality and more than 2,000 years of evidence. Even when Columbus sailed the ocean blue, it was generally accepted by pretty much anyone that … Continue reading Flat Earth believers: Are they for real?
August 9, 2017 Last Wednesday, the world got news of a breakthrough that will affect the future of not only medicine, but prenatal care as well: The first successful editing of human genes to repair a common and serious disease-causing mutation. The process, gene editing, has been talked about for years. It’s been not only the center of scientific discussion, but also great fodder for … Continue reading One microscopic step for man, one large step for mankind
July 26, 2017 I really hate to sound like one of those people who says “everybody is so easily offended now” because it sounds too much like “kids these days.” But sometimes the situation just makes it to where you can’t help it. Apparently, there is an outrage, largely on Twitter and clickbait media calling out a proposed show by the creators of the hit … Continue reading Outrage hunting
July 21, 2017 Man, it’s hot. But that’s July for you. One thing I’ve always wondered is this: If the Summer Solstice (June 21) is the longest day of the year, then why isn’t it the hottest? After all, we’re getting the most sunlight out of any day of the year; plain logic says it should be hot. How come it’s after June 21, when … Continue reading Why is July hotter than June?
July 14, 2017 I’m sure at some point in your life you’ve looked up at the night sky in awe. And why not? We have a large moon that shines bright silver in the night sky, billions of stars in many colors and we’re discovering more out there every day. But there can be danger in that beautiful sky. That danger? Asteroids. Well, technically, that’s … Continue reading Danger in the sky
July 5, 2017 If you ever get a chance and love doing family research, then I’d suggest getting a DNA test. DNA tests, of course, don’t have all the answers, but they help those doing research in two ways: putting them in contact with people who may be able to fill in missing information in the family tree and letting you know if you’re going … Continue reading DNA connects past with present
June 22, 2017 The recent death of Chris Cornell of Soundgarden saddened a lot of people, myself included. For many of us, the music that he and his Seattle-based contemporaries made defined the early half of the 1990s, particularly for those of us that were teens at the time. That music those Seattle bands made, usually called grunge, spoke to a generation. But it also … Continue reading Grunge was ‘real’
June 1, 2017 Ever hear of Twitter? If you haven’t, then I envy you. Though, I’d guess you’d be lost when every newscast makes at least one reference to the social media platform known for its 140 character limit and Donald Trump’s favorite mouth (or would it be finger?) piece. It’s the 140-character limit that has led Twitter to be called a “microblog.” Anyway, for … Continue reading If not Twitter, what else?
This is part four of a four-part series of columns written to mark Star Wars’ 40th Anniversary. Read Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. Man, government in the Star Wars universe is confusing. Until the late 1990s it was pretty simple. The oppressive Galactic Empire, led by the Emperor and his righthand cyborg Darth Vader, controlled the majority of the galaxy and it fought with the Rebel … Continue reading How possible is Star Wars: How’s that empire work again?
May 17, 2017 Anyone who has the least bit of familiarity with Star Wars knows that many of its most beloved characters aren’t flesh and blood. These characters, made of metal, are robots, or “droids” as they are called in the movies. While droids like C-3PO, R2-D2 and BB-8 may be created to serve humans, they also have self-awareness and a will to preserve their … Continue reading How possible is Star Wars? Part III: Would droids leave humans without any work to do?