Posts tagged “science”

  1. The most exhilarating and the scariest thing about building new models to solve problems in theoretical physics is trying not to "break" what we already know in the process, thus rendering our theories useless. One must study not just how a given solution to the cosmic acceleration problem explains cosmic acceleration, but also what it does to the rest of the universe in the process.

  2. "A tiny, resourceful creature that lived 430 million years ago devised a novel method for such baby tracking: It tethered egg pouches to its back with threads and trailed its juveniles as they grew, as if they were tiny kites."

  3. Is blue light from your smartphone, tablet, laptop, and other electronic devices keeping you from sleeping at night? No, it's not. We checked. We're science, and we looked into it.

  4. So, what does it take to raise a truly gigantic pumpkin?

  5. A few weeks ago, Geoff Marcy was being discussed as a potential Nobel Prize honoree. Then BuzzFeed leaked the story that Marcy had been found guilty of sexual harassment. Last Thursday, my colleagues and I received an email from the Chancellor of UC Berkeley informing us that Marcy had resigned.

  6. In an unprecedented move, NASA scientists today announced the ultimate success of their attempts at alchemy and the transmutation of base metals into gold.

    "Our profound powers have been distilled through generations into a chemistry of the subtlest kind," project head Dr. Jim Green announced through a wreath of smoke and potent vapors, enfragranced with the most mysterious and ancient of spices from as far as the kingdom of Prester John.

  7. Recent studies suggest the water in California, there's plenty of it, and you shouldn't worry so much. Where's all the water? Just look at it. There's some right here, and also just behind you, from before, when you turned around and you weren't looking, but it was there. The water's plenty of it.

  8. Hellooooo athletes!

    Yes, you. You are an athlete. Some of you already have one or more athletic endeavors that you enjoy. Others of you may just have not found (or chosen) your activity yet. Some of you just have a body. So many of us are told that we aren’t athletic, and that we can’t be athletic. Society, friends, authority figures, media - there are lots of people and institutions that

  9. Nicole has given up on her edict about not running any more Harry Potter pieces. It is what it is.


    Over the century since its creation, the Periodic Table of Elements has been studied almost as much, if not more, comprehensively than the Harry Potter universe. It is far past time that the two academic schools of thought were combined.


    In the Twentieth Century,

  10. This very nice scientist Nicole knows wanted to help put Deathquakenami in perspective. She mostly just made it worse. Also, Nicole wants to get even more mileage out of that Space Needle image she created.

    This post is generously sponsored by Elliot Norwood, to whom Deathquakenami presents a clear and present danger.

    Everything on Earth is always moving: air currents move across the surface and up and down and in

  11. Recent studies suggest that it's very important that you come into this room right over here just now. Studies also suggest that it's equally important you do not waste time asking questions like "what room" and "why" and "why is this so important to you," but just step this way through the door very quickly and by yourself, immediately. The studies were conducted, and the evidence is conclusive: this room just over here is where…

  12. This post is generously sponsored by Randi Ellias. Last summer, I didn’t wear deodorant for three months straight (note: I was in Paris, and as a California girl, the Parisian summer might as well be winter to me). Before you stop reading and dismiss me as the most disgusting gal scientist to ever exist, hear me out! My fellow scientists and I were curious about what our body odor is, how it works, and why…

  13. Pop music and good science need not be mutually exclusive. Yet popular music has often shown itself to be not only disinterested in but entirely without regard for either scientific truth or correct methodology. As an example, we can look to the 1977 song “How deep is your Love?” from the album Saturday Night Fever, by popular bearded combo the Bee Gees: “How deep is your love? / How deep is your love? / How deep is

  14. As The Toast searches for its one true Gal Scientist, we will be running a ton of wonderful one-off pieces by female scientists of all shapes and sizes and fields and education levels, which we are sure you will enjoy. They’ll live here, so you can always find them. 

    Ladies, we are the weaker sex. At least that’s the message we’re getting from corporate America: we have tiny lady hands requiring

  15. Pretty sick of hearing from science exactly how long a nap should be. Are you coming over to nudge me out of this bed at exactly 4:47 before I cascade into a REM whirlpool, my friends? Because if not kindly do not come crowding around at me with this "twenty minute" business, as that is no good to me at all. Look at this graph. I see this graph everywhere. I don't know where it…