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Monday, July 20, 2009
Science Cafe Hays - July

First, I apologize for my dearth of posting. Taking 3 credit hours over 12 days isn't quite the picnic one might imagine it to be!

Tomorrow - Tuesday, July 21st, 7:00 pm - Dr. Paul Adams of FHSU will lead us in a discussion of the Apollo 11 mission. Besides addressing the 40th anniversary of the same, topics will include moon landing denialism, "heavy boots," and what NASA's priorities should be for the next 40 years.

Unlike my esteemed blogging partner (tee hee), I'm actually old enough to remember watching the televised (black and white, of course) live moon landing with Walter Cronkite's sonorous narration lending the occasion even more significance. (If you hadn't already heard, Mr. Cronkite passed away this weekend. And that's the way it is.)

In the 40 years since the moon landing, we've seen the advent of color televisions running on transistors instead of tubes. Computers shrinking from room-size to phone-size. Telephones with no wires, in other colors than black, pink, white or blue, capable of transmitting images. Image processing enabling us to see far into the past at the edge of the universe, and into the very heart of matter itself at CERN. The essence of matter itself has remain unchanged even while scientists and educators work together to figure out how to best teach kids about that matter.

What hasn't changed are the things that matter: our families, our friends, and our commitment to making the world a better place. Or at least our neighborhood.

7 pm-ish tomorrow, Cafe Semolino's, 110 W. 11th Street, Hays KS.

posted by Cheryl Shepherd-Adams

Saturday, July 11, 2009
New Video Page

As our regular readers* have undoubtedly noticed, I haven't exactly been blogging a lot lately. In fact, I've sort of taken a bit of a break from the Internet over the last couple of weeks.

However, I have recently found some time to create a new page to highlight my "Evolution is REAL Science" videos. If you haven't watched any of the videos yet, go check out the new page.

Also, if the "carousel" menu doesn't work for you, would you let me know in the comments what browser you are using? I'd like to make sure it works for all of our visitors.

*assumed plurality

posted by Jeremy Mohn

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Where: Barnes & Noble at the Plaza in Kansas City.

What: "Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design" by Discovery Institute Fellow and Center for the Renewal of Science and Culture founder Stephen Meyer.

Why significant?

Offered in the Christianity section, not in the science section.

posted by Cheryl Shepherd-Adams

Thursday, July 2, 2009
Reality Check

"An object in motion will remain in motion until some outside force is impressed upon it."

Inertia sucks. It just does.

So does not wearing your seatbelt. My students will chide me if I don't close class with "wear your seatbelt!"

Did they think I was freakin' kidding?

Statistics are cold heartless numbers, as cold and pitiless as the laws of motion themselves. Teenagers compose a disproportionate number of fatalities from motor vehicle accidents in Kansas. Add to that the fact that drivers are less likely to wear their seatbelts on rural roads than on the highways. Mix in the harvest traffic and sure enough, disaster.

Of course many teenagers subscribe to the mistaken belief that they're indestructible, that their corporeal self will live forever and is immune to the mundane laws of nature. I don't think they consciously wake up in the morning thinking, "hey, how can I defy death today?" But their actions sometimes show a heartbreaking lack of consideration of reality. They don't understand that the laws of nature don't give a damn whether you're smart or stupid, popular or ridiculed, leader or follower. Those laws of motion are in force even when you have a big ol' grin that always elicited smiles right back at you. Even when you've shown great leadership potential in your seminar. Even when you've been working so hard to get stronger and faster for your senior football season.

Even when you are a beloved student. This reality just sucks for Dexter's friends and family.

posted by Cheryl Shepherd-Adams

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