Science Doesn’t Sleep (4.3.08)

So here’s what went down since you logged off.

NASA scientists have captured video of an event that emphasizes our own human puniness like almost nothing else could – a solar tsunami “hurtling through the Sun’s atmosphere at over a million kilometers per hour.” That’s right – a tsunami of fire that covers almost the entire surface of the sun. Yikes.

Creative Commons License photo credit: @bdthomas

Attention Starbucks fanatics and chocolate fiends – stop feeling guilty about your caffeine jones. Turns out, you’re protecting your brain.

A small Swedish town has become an environmental role model – calling on citizens to evenutally reduce their fossil fuel consumption to zero.

This is very exciting – New York announced that it would be hosting a World Science Festival. However, the announcement itself was slightly bizarre, as it was made by (emphasis mine) “ a panel of university presidents, Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein of New York, the actor Alan Alda, the Columbia physicist Brian Greene and a Muppet…”

After leading with this slightly ridiculous fact, the article goes on to quote Dr. Greene – “This will not be “fun” science, he said, “this is the real thing.”‘ First – “real” science is fun. Stop telling people that it isn’t – or you’ll soon be sorely lacking in festival attendees. And second – I’m sorry, you’re sitting next to a muppet. I’m pretty sure it’s going to be fun.

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