Category Science

The Quantum Brain

A Multidimensional Quantum Orchestra Between our Ears? TL; DR :: Offering just below the drive-through window for those who have to keep moving on a Friday. Following—the summary of the A QUANTUM COMPUTER BRAIN, created by the GhostReader AI function…

The Everyday Brain

Some people think human brains are just an intermediate step in the evolution of consciousness on Earth

The three pounds of pink pudding we carry in our cranium has to be the most researched and debated organ in the (known) universe. If you follow the visible tip of the iceberg (the part I post somewhere public) you…

On Herd Immunity: or Not

Path of least resistance AND looking at new ways of getting information (mostly for me) out of my “second brain” of Roam Research (“networked tool for thought) and into a place that has at least a weak possibility of finding…

Global Worming

Non-native earthworms are perhaps the most serious of invasive land pests. Learn about them and avoid spreading them when possible.

One Word, Benjamin: Plastics

This advice was innocent enough, in a smarmy and ominously-prescient sort of way when the “the graduate” got this insider tip so many decades ago. It was certainly the way the world of profit and growth were going, even then,…

Snot Otters To Be Proud Of

Some 50-60 folks (mostly from nearby Blacksburg I think) gathered in the damp gloom of the Rising Silo Brewery in the rain for the first gathering of the “Tap into Science” group. The focal point was the Eastern Hellbender (or Snot…

My CO2 Melts 50 Meters of Arctic Ice

One of the most useful and fairly recent ways to understand the impact of human commerce and lifestyles on the biological and material resources and processes of the planet is to express that use in terms of a carbon or…

The Biology of Vocation

There was a time when, on this blog, I posted a couple of times a week about some new discovery from the natural world or about some oddity or creature feature that amazed me. That, after all, is who I…

Mail-Order Mini-Brains

One of the most unforgettable books I read in grammar school–maybe the sixth grade–told the story of two people who “died” in a car wreck intentionally made to happen by “the bad guys.” The villains were evil scientists and the…

Floyd Arts Dialogue September 18th

All are Invited to Floyd Arts Dialogue to Discuss: What Role Does Art Play in STEM? STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. There has been much recent debate in educational circles from elementary to graduate levels to explore ways…

Eye is on the Sparrow

From our Easily Amazed Department: a July 1, 2015 detailed piece of sub-cellular anatomy finds in a particular dinoflagellate–a motile predatory alga type consisting of a single cell per individual–this remarkable enormous “eyespot” that is far more than the dot…