Astronomer Tim Thompson is so jazzed by NASA's Kepler Mission, which is searching part of the Milky Way for planets much like ours, that he wants to tell you all about its current progress.And he'll share this tonight. For free! Screw clubbing, Stefon.
The realities of global warming have just become a lot more local. "Mid-Century Warming in the Los Angeles Region," released yesterday just as summer begins, is touted as the first study to make unique regional and city climate change predictions. The research findings by UCLA's Institute of the Env ... More >>
Two marine mammals whose plights led to much nail biting by human mammals on shore have apparently returned to the open sea, hopefully unscathed.The bottlenose dolphin that had been swimming in circles in shallow water within the Bolsa Chica wetlands is believed to have left some time this weekend. ... More >>
News has bubbled into the mainstream over the past decade about scientists trying to grow meat in a petri dish for mass human consumption, to save us from our reliance on methane-releasing, grain-devouring, water-wasting livestock. But no one has quite presented the characters behind the movement ... More >>
Chad Sengstock/OC WeeklyGreg Graffin at not a lectureRemember that one cool professor you had in college, who let you skip classes as long as you turned in awesome papers and never minded if you came to lectures hung over? Well, now that Bad Religion frontman Greg Graffin is teaching
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The artwork for the single features the piece Nuthin' to See Here, Keep on Movin'! by Vincent Valdez. Famous slide guitar player and singer-songwriter Ry Cooder isn't just boycotting Arizona--he wrote a song, called "Quicksand," as a response to Arizona's anti-immigrant law, SB 1070. Cooder de ... More >>
The official Coachella Twitter has just confirmed that Talvin Singh, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and Gary Numan all will not be able to make the festival, due to travel restrictions brought about by the volcanic ash from the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull (no, seriously, that's the name of the volcano ... More >>
Call it an anti-death panel. We just received a press release saying that the world's top aging scientists will converge on Manhattan Beach from November 13 through 15 to figure out how to put off that whole getting-old-and-dying thing.The scientists, supposedly, will "predict the end of aging by ... More >>
Of course, by 'mainstream' I mean that celebrities are now endorsing the campaign. Paul, Stella and Mary McCartney today launched a new website, Meat Free Monday, which encourages everyone to, yes, you guessed it, give up meat on Mondays. Other famous names weighing in include Kevin Spacey, Sheryl C ... More >>
Andrew YoussefLast Night: We Are Scientists, the Blood Arm at Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa, May 31, 2009.Better than: Staying home and watching the MTV Movie Awards--even though Akiva Schaffer, the Lonely Island mate of host Andy Samberg who popped up on the award show's "Doubt for Sega Genesis" sketch ... More >>
Research headed by UC Irvine science superstar Francisco Ayala that found the brains of the two sexes react differently to beauty also may help explain why women can't read maps and men can't see what's right under their noses.Ayala -- the Donald Bren Professor of Biological Sciences, Ecology & ... More >>
As expected, the state this afternoon put teeth in its landmark regulations enacted in 2006 to combat global warming, adopting the nation's most comprehensive plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Such emissions must be cut 30 percent by 2020.
But that is not enough for the editorial board ... More >>
Okay, so I admit I never did get to dissect a lab rat or frog for high school biology—though, I did have my go at a formaldehyde-soaked mink and fetal pig, which wasn't nearly as disgusting as I thought it'd be—and I never did opt for the conscientious alternate assignment to write a 50-page res ... More >>
Sarah Palin invigorated the conservative base with her surprisingly poised speech to GOP delegates last night, kicking new life into what had been a ho-hum convention previously “highlighed” by the Dead Man Talking triad (George W. Bush, Fred Thompson and Joe Lieberman). Clockwork's favorite sce ... More >>
In case you missed it, you can find video of Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Surfin') speculating about the effects of dinosaur flatulence here. And no, booze was not involved in the congressman's ramblings. Probing the effects of dinosaur farting is just something Rohrabacher sees as part of his officia ... More >>
Scientists testing/messing with dolphins at Disney EPCOT have taught them to sing the Batman theme song:
"The dolphin was reinforced for producing a specific rhythm to a specific object," says Harley.
"For example, when we presented him with a Batman doll, he received a fish for producing a spec ... More >>
Who knew Newton's laws of motion applied to flying politicians? Consider the case of President Bush, Governor Schwarzenegger, and Newton's third law, which states: "For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction." President Bush flies into California to campaign for two Republican poli ... More >>