Posts filed under “science”

Bill Murray on Mendel and the Philippines

Interesting quote from the Bill Murray Reddit AMA thread about how a visit to the Philippines made him think of Gregor Mendel: But I would like to know about Mendel, because i remember going to the Philippines and thinking “this is like Mendel’s garden” because it had been invaded by so many different countries over […]

Natural History Sunday

Spent Sunday afternoon after church browsing through the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Did you know the Fénykövi Elephant in the museum rotunda is affectionately known as “Henry?” And the Morganucodon is named “Morgie.” Technological artifacts reveal themselves in the Gems and Minerals galleries: interactive touchscreen kiosks from the 1990s with old Apple Computer and […]

Eduardo San Juan and the Lunar Rover: Message from “Skeet”

Got an email from Otha “Skeet” Vaughan Jr., who worked with Wernher von Braun at ABMA, and on the Apollo program and the lunar rovers: Reference the “The Lunar Rover and Ed San Juan,” you are correct; he did some early work on developing a mobility program for Hayes International in Birmingham and later at […]

Speed 3: The Lake House

Apparently there is a movie with Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock called The Lake House coming out tomorrow. (Amee tells me it’s a remake of another Korean film called Il Mare.) I really can’t help but think back to the last big movie to feature these two actors (much like how, as a child, I […]


“They’re made out of meat.” Remember: if we ever meet extraterrestrials, they may turn out to be weirder than anything we carbon-based meat units could ever imagine. I have no idea what kind of aliens are talking here, but I like to think that they’re Blue Hooloovoos. Speaking of which, John Malkovich will have a […]

Cumulative Effects

This comes rather late, considering that The Butterfly Effect was “hooted off the screen” weeks ago, but for those of you who are still unaware of the reference, the original “cumulative-effects” concept of time travel was first popularized in Ray Bradbury’s 1952 short story A Sound of Thunder. I hear that a Sound of Thunder […]

Visible Human Project

The Visible Human Project, in which modern science brings us cool animated cross sections of human bodies. Here are some movies. They make me think of ham.

Four Letter Relativity

Einstein’s Theory of Relativity in words of four letters or less. Get some rays.

Postal Experiments

Postal Experiments. See what happens if you ever need to mail a helium-filled balloon. Or a single ski. Or a brick. Or a dollar bill wrapped in clear plastic. Or a toy monkey in a box yelling “Help! Let me out of here!” Just a tip: don’t mail individual bottles of mineral water. (Link via […]


Well, this is pretty cool: Scientists are close to birthing an animal cloned from an extinct species: an Asian ox. But don’t hold your breath on the wooly mammoth just yet. The animals have to be either newly dead, or frozen, and the mammoth DNA is almost hopelessly fragmented. Update: The cloned ox died 48 […]