Science

What is it? Stellar Classification

Stars light up the night sky. But as we saw a couple of weeks ago, not all stars are the same. Thanks to the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram, we can easily see that there is a relationship between the surface temperature of a star and the star’s luminosity. This relationship can tell …

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What Is It? Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram

If you’re like me, you’ve sat outside on a warm summer night, watched the darkness rise, and count the stars as they popped onto the night sky seemingly out of nowhere. They look more or less the same, but if you’re in a really dark location, you start to notice …

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LifestyleScience

Medical Monochromatic Fashion, an Evolution

Cross posted from Coffeefied, Operafied, Fluffified, Beglittered I have been reading Francesco Adami’s From Last Hope to First Aid: Stories from the History of Emergency Medicine. In his discussion of white coats, a color chosen for resistance to discoloring effects of antisepsis methods, he suggests that the reader observe a …

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Science

Ada Lovelace Day!

It’s Ada Lovelace Day, friends!  Time to celebrate the achievements of women in science!  This year, not a single Nobel prize in a science field has been awarded to a woman, and female scientists still have many problems being, well, female scientists. But we have Ada Lovelace to remind us …

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CryptozoologyScience

Cryptophile: Cerberus

Welcome to cryptophile, the series in which I discuss fantastical creatures and the biological mechanisms that might or might not make them plausible. I’m back from a self-imposed hiatus after finishing my master’s degree and trying to get my gender issues to be recognised by my country. But all that …

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Science

Requiescat in Pace: Oliver Sacks

Cross posted from Coffeefied,Operafied,Fluffified,Beglittered, and written in collaboration with (and honestly the majority by) my wonderful big sister.  Cross posted here with her gracious permission.  Oliver Sacks is dead. I owe him, through his many books, a great debt of doubt and curiosity and wonder. I constantly marvel at his vivid observations, …

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BiologyScience

The Evolution of Sex

Sex is confusing and not only in the figuring out what goes where and who, if indeed anyone, you want to do it with. It’s very existence is a problem that has puzzled evolutionary biologists for centuries. For all intents and purposes sex shouldn’t exist, let alone be intrinsic to …

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ParanormalScience

Cryptophile: Ents

Welcome to cryptophile, the series in which I discuss fantastical creatures and the biological mechanisms that might or might not make them plausible. Today I’m going to discuss ents, well, talking and walking creatures that look like trees. Although the ents may be the classic example of this creature that …

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