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The Elusive Definition Of ‘Life’

Ever since we humans developed language, certain words have had exact and universal definitions. But other words… not so much. Perhaps strangely, some of the most important words/concepts have been the most difficult to define. Dead As Dirt This patch of dried mud looks entirely dead. However, a microscope would reveal that it’s teeming with[…]

Austin’s March For Science (UPDATED)

I Have Arrived Upon my arrival at the Texas Capitol on Saturday morning, I snapped a rare selfie to document my appearance at the event. (Copyright © 2017 by Wil C. Fry.) On Earth Day 2017, I attended the March For Science in Austin, Texas — the closest of about 600 worldwide satellite marches (the[…]

Science Survey Results

Categories: Personal, Science, Technology
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Published on: 2016.12.10

Again, thank you to everyone who participated in my short “Science Survey”. This time I got 22 responses, one more than my previous survey on religion. These results didn’t surprise me as much as the previous ones, perhaps because I went into it with fewer expectations (and therefore fewer incorrect assumptions). Before I reveal the[…]

New Science Survey [Closed]

Categories: Personal
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Published on: 2016.12.03

After the relative success of my previous survey, I’ve made another one. This one looks at your views on science and its effects on our lives. It’s only six questions, so it shouldn’t take more than a minute of your time. I will leave the form open for a full week (through Dec. 9), since[…]

Short Survey, Please [Closed]

Click here to take the survey Though I’m pretty sure I already know most of my blog readers’ beliefs, I am trying to get a more complete picture of my social media circle’s positions on a few questions — just out of curiosity. If you have 10 seconds, please answer the five questions on this[…]

I Just Realized Earth’s Orbit Is Not Elliptical

(This one won’t look good on mobile platforms, at least in my tests. I apologize for that, but can’t think of a good way to fix it. If you’re viewing this on a phone, scroll past the long vertical image to see the text.) Earth’s position in the Universe View larger (2953 x 23,624 —[…]

UPDATE: August 2016: Warmest Month Ever Recorded

Instead of continuing to fill my blog’s database with new entries, I’m just going to update this old one. Annual global temperatures; each line indicates a year, spanning 1880-2016 Click here to see it full size (NASA/Gavin Schmidt) NASA’s global temperature average dataset was released a couple of days ago; it shows that August 2016[…]

May 2016: Warmest On Record

2016 is set to outpace previous years Click here to see it full size (Image source: Climate Central) Another month, another record for global temperatures. This is not going away any time soon. May 2016 was the warmest May on record, the latest in a string of many record-breaking months. “So far this year every[…]

March 2016: Warmest Ever

A small pool of water in an otherwise arid climate. Llano County, Texas. (Copyright © 2015 by Wil C. Fry. Some rights reserved.)   According to data just released by NASA, March 2016 was the hottest March on record, breaking the record set just last year (or March 2010, depending on which dataset one uses).[…]

February 2016: Warmest On Record

February temperatures in Killeen, Texas, over the past seven years (Copyright © 2016 by Wil C. Fry.) Not only was February 2016 the warmest February on record, but it was the most abnormally warm of any month on record, according to both NASA and a European climate group. “Averaging over twelve-month periods, which further smooths[…]

Dear People Of The Future

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Published on: 2016.03.02

Dear future humans (or whatever sentient earthlings call themselves in your time): Hello from 2016! Congratulations on still existing. I assume you’re thankful that the generation before mine didn’t launch the thousands of ICBMs they built. Naturally, I wonder what advances you’ve made, and whether only the richest and most powerful among you enjoy them[…]

November 2015: Warmest On Record

Categories: Environment, Science
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Published on: 2015.12.15

So the Earth isn’t warming, you say? It’s been on “hiatus”, you say? November 2015 was the warmest November on record. It’s now all but certain that 2015 will eclipse 2014 as the warmest year on record. And this is while we continue to pump 40 billion tons of CO₂ into the atmosphere every year,[…]

Deconstructing the “Bible Vs. Science” Meme

Categories: Religion, Science
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Published on: 2015.10.22

Click image to see it full size You’ve probably seen this meme if you follow Bible-pushers on social media. It purports to say “the Bible was right all along” while “science is only catching up to the Bible”. Unlike several I’ve seen, this one cites chapter and verse, which makes it easier to fact-check. One[…]

July 2015: Warmest On Record

Categories: Environment, InTheNews
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Published on: 2015.08.14

According to both NASA (here) and the Japan Meteorological Agency (here), July 2015 was the warmest ever recorded, globally. Discover Magazine says it’s likely that 2015 will break last year’s new record of warmest year. According to Accuweather, three previous Julys were very close: 2011, 2009 and 1998. The first seven months of 2015 are[…]

June 2015: Hottest June Ever

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Published on: 2015.07.26

Another in a string of record-breaking months for global temperature averages, June 2015 is officially the warmest June on record, according to the NOAA. It’s true if you only count land temperatures, or if you only count ocean temperatures, or if you add them together. The previous record holder was June 2014. Combined averages for[…]

Why I Watch Women’s Sports Instead Of ‘Sports’

Kristy Hill shoots a free throw in Bowlegs, Okla., on Jan. 21, 2006, the night she became the only athlete I’ve ever witnessed achieve the rare quadruple-double, with 24 points, 11 rebounds, 13 assists, and 12 steals, in the championship game of the Bowlegs Tournament. She was 5’4″, a sophomore. (Copyright © 2006 by Wil[…]

May 2015: Second-Warmest On Record (TIE)

Categories: Environment, Science, Weather
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Published on: 2015.06.16

Last month tied May 2012 for the second-warmest May of all time (behind May 2014). In case you’re keeping score, last year was the warmest year on record. This year, January, February, April, and May have each taken second place — and March was the warmest March ever. Combined, that means 2015 is already on[…]

March 2015: Warmest Ever

While Republican Ted Cruz trots around the country pretending that he’s disproving global warming, the Earth’s atmosphere and oceans are quietly getting warmer all the time. Because, you know, science. March 2015 was the warmest March on record, and the first quarter of 2015 was the warmest first quarter on record. (When I first blogged[…]

February 2015: Second-Warmest On Record

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Published on: 2015.03.19

The NOAA figures are in: February 2015 was the second-warmest February on record, behind only February 1998. It’s also worth noting that the winter* was the warmest on record: “During December–February, the average temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 1.42°F (0.79°C) above the 20th century average. This was the highest for December–February in[…]

Democrats Aren’t Always Fond Of Science, Either

Not long ago, I sought to call Rand Paul’s baloney when he said Republicans weren’t at war with science. He’s still wrong. But I want to be fair. People in the other major party do it too, but perhaps less obviously.

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