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In recent conversations with friends and family, I have encountered a number of people who "Don't Believe in Global Warming". This confuses me as it appears to be an established scientific fact that human activity is directly impacting environmental patterns and that the accumulation of greenhouse gases is increasing faster than the earth's natural processes can adapt. Why do people treat this as a "belief" versus a fact?

They say things are always bigger in Texas, which must include the large numbers of people reporting seeing UFOs over the Texas skies recently. Go ahead, you have my permission to create your own joke.

The 1507 Waldseemuller map was the first to identify North and South America by that name. The map recently went on display at the Library of Congress.

Scientists in California are developing a way to tell cancer cells from normal cells, using nanotechnology to measure the cells’ softness.

The British government is encouraging schools to allow young boys to play with toy guns. Their studies have shown that such play helps boys’ development, by allowing them to experiment with risk-taking behavior in a safe environment. This in turn helps their intellectual development.

The international high school robotics competition kicked off this weekend. The second round will be in six weeks. For more info, you can also visit the sponsor's website.

Meteor alert!

by Gene on Jan. 03rd, 2008

The first meteor shower of 2008 is tonight, and it promises to be a good one. (Sorry for the late notice--I thought it was going to be Friday night, but in fact it is early Friday morning.) Peak activity occurs at 1:40 am Eastern Time, but there should be frequent meteors for up to 4 hours before and after. Viewing will be best in western Europe just before dawn, with up to 120 meteors per hour. Eastern North America could see 30 to 60 meteors per hour. In central and western North America, the meteors will be below the horizon until after the peak has passed, but it may still be possible to see up to 30 meteors per hour in the post-peak hours.

As always when meteor hunting, aim to go out a little before midnight local time. Get somewhere far from city lights. Lay out a blanket or lawn chair and look east. Do not use binoculars -- just keep scanning the skies. Bring a thermos of hot chocolate if you can.

Nasal irrigation

by Gene on Dec. 31st, 2007

Cold weather got you feeling stuffed-up? Try pouring tea in your nose!

Encladaeus, a moon of Saturn, is emitting jets of very pure water, forcing scientists to reconsider just what the heck is going on up there.