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U=(N/T)M*G: Beat

To start this post, I must make the disclosure that I’m a Pagan. Yep. Not really a surprise, but I feel I must mention it all the same. A lot of Pagans believe that the Earth is sentient on some level and to some extent, and in a lot of ways, science has proven Pagans aren’t exactly wrong in this idea. Through a neat combination of radiation and rotation and oscillation, our blue marble as its own voice. So do all the other planets that share the light of our Sun. Its music, in a way. Heartbeats even, of the … Read more

U=(N/T)M*G: Tarantula Blue

I love color. I can’t match it to save my everlasting soul, but I love it all the same. The entire spectrum from snow white to pitch. And when I found science about color, I just had to share it. Tarantula Blue is a term coined by the researchers of this structural coloration, and though the research is way above my paygrade, it has the potential for some rather interesting applications. Of course, optical advancement in technology, TVs and phones and computers, are a given. I’m more intrigued by the possible development this could have on culture and military or … Read more


A set of business researchers over in England did a bit of science to prove something we already know: language changes. All the time. Evolutionary Linguistics is actually a pretty big topic, with scads of information. In my experience, slang usually comes first, before a word or turn of phrase is adopted into common usage. It’s a good thing, from an author’s point of view, challenging though it is to keep up with all the new words that are tried, accepted or dismissed aside. Like my friend Rich, who says pineapples to describe a bad idea or situation. In some … Read more

U=(N/T)M*G: Antikythera

While I was searching for something completely different (read fandom stuff), I came across a pretty interesting bit of science that got me thinking. Meet the Antikythera Mechanism, an ancient, and pretty accurate for its day, advanced clock/computer. This thing is seriously cool. It’s also some 2,000 years old, give or take a few decades. We don’t know who made it, or exactly why it was made beyond the obvious, but pretty sophisticated for back during the Hellenistic Period. I loved it instantly. The world hides all kinds of neat stuff from our ancient ancestors. Like the Native American arrowheads … Read more

U=(N/T)M*G: Leech

It’s no secret that modern medicine is a strange mix of old and new practices. Re-purposing is very much part of medicine too. Ancient practices like leeches for bloodletting are now used today for bloodletting. Ha! Nothing new under the sun, I guess. While that sentiment may be true, we are finding new ways to use what we have on our world all the time. From the old stand-by of breaking leg bones to make them longer, to using shit in medicine, humanity has turned ancient “cures” into actual, medically sound, treatments as our technology and intelligence advance. Helminthic therapy … Read more

U=(N/T)M*G: Ashes To Ashes

Death is an old and familiar companion to humanity, older than life and just as well understood. A predator that haunts our every step in a very literal sense. We are so aware of it, in fact, that a great many people actually fear it. That fear has caused, in part, the need to remove the dead from our sight, but paradoxically, given rise to high ritual and ceremony for the occasion. Funerals. An occasion that gives us an illusion of life to say goodbye to with a stunning array of preservative science before we entomb a beloved’s body in … Read more

U=(N/T)M*G: Planck’s No So Constant

Something pretty awesome happened recently in the science world that must be driving student and hobbyist physicists and quantum mechanics bonkers. Teams from both Imperial College London and Trinity College Dublin discovered a new form of light. The science is pretty wild. A team took a particle of light and bound it to an electron in a process that I, personally, can’t quite wrap my head around. It’s awesome.  Already, data communication companies are sniffing around this breakthrough because of its implications for faster and more secure transmissions. But that’s just the short term. This new light particle can do … Read more

U=(N/T)M*G: Sun Synchronous

My all time favorite trope of fiction is the Grand Quest. Always has been, always will be. Oddly enough, it’s a hard to find the Grand Quest in its true form when it comes to science fiction. Part of the reason for that is, usually, authors come at disasters in science fiction as either a race against time to fix what’s happening, or attempting to find a solution to the new reality in a way that makes life closer to the old reality. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great reading and I have a great time doing so. But there … Read more

U=(N/T)M*G: Junk DNA

I must say, I learned some weird stuff while researching this topic. It’s no secret that we don’t know an awful lot about our DNA, what makes us what we are, but more is coming to light every day. And it’s more than just the standard what gives blue eyes or left-handedness either. I repeat, it’s weird stuff. For a start, the term junk DNA was something we thought up in the 1970’s to label a bunch of DNA code that we didn’t think did anything. It’s not actually junk, come to find out. On top of the standard automatic … Read more

U=(N/T)M*G: Big Bangs and Black Holes

A lot of writers are under the impression that science is great for research, but not so much for plot ideas. That’s what inspired me to write this blog about science. That, and an astrophysicist friend of mine. I’m also honor bound to inform that I’m not a college educated scientist. So, to start, let’s talk about black holes and the Big Bang. A black hole eats everything. Light, energy, matter. Everything. And it tears it all down into energy which it holds on to until the black hole dies, which takes trillions of years. They’re cannibals too. So, I … Read more