Category Archives: Science

The Mystery of California’s High Gas Prices

Like everything else, it’s not exactly a cut-and-dry answer. It’s an interesting look at all the percentages going into the price at the pump.

Californians pay billions more at the pump. The odd thing is that nobody knows exactly why.

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The Political Process Isn’t Rigged — It Has Much Bigger Problems

The problems in our electoral system are far more nuanced, and took far longer to screw up, than we tend to give credit for. It’s a problem over 200 years in the making, and it won’t get fixed in one election cycle. You and I are tasked with setting the repairs in motion, though.

All right, I need to vent. For months, I’ve watched Donald Trump decry as “rigged” everything from the Democratic primaries, the Republican primary rules (that’s right, the same rules that helped him win the nomination) and the fall debate schedule. And I’ve winced as many Bernie Sanders supporters have accused the Democratic National Committee of “rigging” the primaries and thrown around wild, roundly debunked conspiracy theories about deleted votes.

Source: The Political Process Isn’t Rigged — It Has Much Bigger Problems | FiveThirtyEight

MIT Tongue Twister Is The Trickiest To Say

Challenge accepted. Post your own attempts in the comments!

Researchers from MIT claim they have created the trickiest tongue twister to date. The term “pad kid poured curd pulled cod” was trouble for tests subjects.

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Summer of 100 Photos, Day 97: Something Heart-shaped

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A love letter from the edge of the Solar System.

Summer of 100 Photos, Day 83: The moon tonight

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Everyone knows that you can’t take a proper photo of the moon with a cell phone, so here’s a proper photo of the moon as it should appear tonight. Waning gibbous–more or less. Go outside and look!

Summer of 100 Photos, Day 72: A stuffed animal

20151029012929-eb935c60I gotta start bringing Spaceman Snoopy along on more of my beer adventures. The last time he tagged along was when this photo was taken–when the final launch of Shuttle Discovery was scrubbed postponed due to weather and we stopped by Cocoa Beach Brewing Company to drown our sorrows.

U.S. and Russian Scientists Are Making Plans to Go Back to the Moon Together

We choose to go [back] to the moon! Actually, cislunar space and lunar orbit are great [and–more importantly–nearby] places to develop proofs of concepts and practice for the eventual Mars shot!

What US-Russian cooperation in space might look like in ten years: a moon base.

Source: U.S. and Russian Scientists Are Making Plans to Go Back to the Moon Together