Category: science!
linkroll: understanding Fukushima & other nuclear power disasters
chris. | 17 March 2011 | 2:30 pm | science! | Comments closed

I have been glued to the internet since last week as i try to keep updated on what’s going on with the Fukushima nuclear power plant.  I grew up in Central Pennsylvania and was deeply impacted by Three Mile Island.  Here are the resources i’ve been hitting up:

  • @makiwi — Makiko Itoh on Twitter.  A private individual who’s fluent in Japanese and English, Maki has been providing translations from Japanese news sources and press conferences since the earthquake and tsunami.
  • @pdfguru — Max Wyss.  Private individual; Maki’s partner and “in-house engineer.”
  • MIT NSE Nuclear Information Hub.  What it says on the tin.  And i know it’s MIT and you might be expecting it to be written in Ancient High Jargon, but the writing is straight-forward and accessible.
  • “A Nuclear Reactor Explained by Poop and Farts: Nuclear Reactor Boy’s Tummy Ache.” Kind of adorable animation at YouTube.  In Japanese with English subtitles.  I’ll embed it … here:

Fact-check those star charts!
chris. | 14 January 2011 | 4:04 pm | glosses, science! | 4 Comments

ZOMG, the zodiac is changing!  Or it isn’t!  Because:

Unlike the scientists who did not check their facts, we went straight to astrology expert Jeff Jawer to clean up this cosmic clutter and explain what really is going on.  [“Cosmic Alert! Is Your Zodiac Sign Wrong?“]

LOL.  Silly scientists not checking their facts.  About astrology.  That totally fact-based science!

Lovelace — The Origin
chris. | 7 May 2009 | 9:59 am | science! | Comments closed

Ladies and gentlemen:  Ada Lovelace — The Origin!  By Sydney Padua.  Excellent stuff!  I wish i’d had a secret cabal teaching me advanced calculus at a ridiculously young age.

science volunteers (Pugetopolis edition)
chris. | 11 March 2009 | 3:19 pm | science! | Comments closed

Interested in doing a little science in your spare time?

encouraging young lunatics
chris. | 22 January 2009 | 10:53 am | science! | Comments closed

A Young Mad Scientist’s First Alphabet Blocks.

Heck, i think i want these for myself.

a tale of 2 periodic tables
chris. | 9 January 2009 | 11:21 pm | science! | Comments closed

FAIL.  I wanted it to be cool, but then, BAM!, element — excuse me, “Awesoment” #13: Boobs.  Of course.  Because it’s not SCIENCE or GEEKY unless we’re objectifying women.

On the other hand:  SO TOTALLY WIN.  A wooden table, designed as a working periodic table.  “Working” here means this:

This website documents, in great depth, a large collection of chemical elements and examples of their applications, common and uncommon. Click any element tile above and you will find probably more than you ever wanted to know about that element. All these samples (well, at least the ones that fit) are stored in a wooden periodic table, by which I mean a physical table you can actually sit at[…].