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The Heating Engineers of Winterfell

In Game of Thrones Winterfell is a large castle that is built on a set of hot springs that provide warmth and even keep the castle comfortable during the years-long winters that characterize the region. The hot springs also warm … Continue reading

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Indian Metallurgists and Real-Life Valyrian Steel

Image from Wiki of Ice and Fire. Game of Thrones is back, and with it Valyrian steel swords. Magic or otherwise better-than-normal swords are common to fantasy literature, and it got m thinking about the real-life basis for it. There … Continue reading

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Arsenic and Cheap Wine

By Multimotyl (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons The recent revelation (via a class-action suit) that some cheaper wines have high levels of arsenic got m to thinking: how toxic is it, really? And is it as dangerous as we think? … Continue reading

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GMOs Are Safe, But Bill Nye Was Still Right The First Time

Photo by Mark Schierbecker, via Wikimedia Commons Recently Discover, Mother Jones, the Washington Post, and many corners of the blogosphere have gone over Bill Nye’s change of heart about genetically modified crops. Originally, Nye’s skepticism carried a lot of weight … Continue reading

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Fermi Paradox Part III: Why Aren’t They Here?

A Bussard ramjet, one of many designs for a true interstellar spacecraft. Ramjets wouldn’t go more than a fraction of the speed of light. By NASA [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons This is the third in a series of three … Continue reading

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The Fermi Paradox Part II: Ringworlds

By Hill, via Wikimedia Commons In a previous post I addressed the issue of why we might have lots of extraterrestrial civilizations nearby and never see them. It was a stab at addressing the Fermi Paradox, which is basically asking, … Continue reading

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Is The Fermi Paradox Really A Paradox?

Photo from WIkimedia Commons, by Colby Gutierrez-Kraybill. Apropos of a bit in Wait But Why? About why there are (apparently) no other intelligent beings that we can see in the universe, there were a couple of things I wanted to … Continue reading

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