Solar Eclipse

As a kid, I remember partial solar eclipses. My mom would bring me out to the backyard, warn me not to look at the sun, and we would use a pinhole projector to “watch” the solar eclipse safely. As a kid, this was only mildly interesting. I didn’t really appreciate what was happening. As an…

Any Other Obvious Conclusions?

Some time ago I read an article entitled, “Maybe an Asteroid Didn’t Kill the Dinosaurs” by Jeffrey Kluger. Here is a little excerpt: “When a scientific principle is common knowledge even in grammar school, you know it has long since crossed the line from theory to established fact. That’s the case with dinosaur extinction. Some…

Snowflakes

Simple, yet ridiculously intricate. Snowflakes are easy to overlook. As a kid, I use to watch the snowflakes land on my glove as I looked with fascination at their complexity. As an adult, I’m baffled as to why water would take such an extraordinary shape. A snowflake is formed when water vapor freezes. But still,…