My Newton Scooter

October 23rd, 2009

In Science class we’ve been learning about Newton’s laws. So, our teacher, Mrs. Stewart, gave us a project to do. The project is to make a Newton Scooter. A Newton Scooter is a toy car that moves by obeying Newton’s third law of motion. It has to move 1.5 meters by itself. So, the Newton […]


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Global Climate Change

May 14th, 2009

It seems I may have been a bit premature in agreeing with a respondent to my previous assertions regarding global warming. The one and only purpose of developing scientific theories, and then subsequently vetting them, is to use them as predictive tools.  As I said about a month ago, the models we are using fail […]


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Dissecting Owl Pellets

April 4th, 2009

My first period at school is Science, and when I came into class yesterday morning the teacher said, “Today we’re going to the lab, and we’re going to dissect owl pellets.” My first thought was, what is an owl pellet?  Then she said, “An owl pellet is owl vomit.” Then everyone said, “Ewwww!” When we went to […]


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Does Dark Matter Matter?

December 19th, 2008

Physicists are strange people. They may look normal, but there are very strange things going on in their heads.  Take, for instance, their “discovery” of dark matter and/or dark energy.  But first, a digression.  I was in a small group that received a detailed briefing and tour at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research.  It’s based near Geneva and […]


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