A combination of fact-check of and elaboration on the lyrics to the song Yakko's Big Idea. How much did they get right? How disappointed will I be in a squandered opportunity?
Science Tangents: Avatar: The Last Airbender
I started rewatching the wonderful ATLA on Netflix — binging, of course — and made it to the penultimate episode of season 1 (aka Book 1) before I thought about any science no-nos. That's pretty impressive for a show that upholds the much-outdated idea that fire, water, air, and earth are elements. Anyway, here are… Continue reading Science Tangents: Avatar: The Last Airbender
The Science of Eurovision 2018
Last year I was inspired to find random moments of science in several of the entries' lyrics. No one told me never to do it again, so here we go...
The Largest Planet Found Around the Smallest(-type) Star
The discovery of as large a planet as NGTS-1b around an M-dwarf throws a proverbial wrench into astronomers' assumptions about planetary formation.
Astronomy in the Tolkien ‘Verse
Does astronomy in Tolkien's literary world line up with ours? Or is it pure fantasy?
“I got a 6 at the Sun Stare!”
All those photos you see do not do the actual phenomenon justice. I wish every single person on the planet could have the opportunity to see this literally awe-some event.
NASA had another press conference. Still not aliens.
Enceladus might produce a food source for alien microbes equivalent to 300 pizzas an hour.
A Nightmare Planet for Fictional Terrans & Real Astrophysicists Alike
The year is 2500; mankind has been at peace for a while, relies on solar energy, can cure most diseases, and the few soldiers left in existence are seen as a complete waste of taxpayer money because they do absolutely nothing. But when this nightmare of a planet passes the solar system, 12 of them are sent to the surface (an 18-hour trip) to find out what the giants want with the Earth.
NASA had a press conference. It’s not aliens.
Dr. Michaël Gillon, whose team discovered the new planetary system, said they should be named after the first seven Trappist beers.
“The Big Yellow One’s the Sun!”?
THE YELLOW ONE IS THE SUN!!!