Energy Series: Wind Power (the blog post I won’t actually write)

In the fall of 2016 I drove to Chicago from Ohio, and somewhere along the way on either side of the road were humongous wind turbines spanning to the horizon. I’d never realized just how big wind turbines are. For reference, here’s a picture of a person on one of the blades. Picture: energy.gov (1) … Continue reading Energy Series: Wind Power (the blog post I won’t actually write)

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Applying the scientific method to life

I’m sure most social media users have seen this type of recently popular shared post: A+A+A=15 A+BB+BB=9 A+C=15 A+B*C=? If you, like me, decided to dive headfirst into the rabbit-hole that is the comment section, you might have observed that there is a wide range of answers. When I first noticed this kind of post, … Continue reading Applying the scientific method to life

Tax bill effect on science and why you should care

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has currently passed in both the House of Representatives and in the Senate. Each chamber of Congress has its own version of the bill. In the House version, there is a controversial cut in the tax deduction for graduate student waivers and loan interest payments. These cuts are for … Continue reading Tax bill effect on science and why you should care

Energy Series: Solar Power

Who doesn’t like a little sunshine? Sunny days aren’t just good for barbecues, but can generate electricity using solar energy plants. When we gather for these barbecues, we tend to complain about the heat from the sun. This heat is a form of energy release. When the sun bathes us in light, we are receiving … Continue reading Energy Series: Solar Power

Electron Excitation

As previously discussed, atoms have a nucleus made of protons and neutrons surrounded by an electron cloud. An electron cloud is a way to describe where the electrons might be at any one time. Electrons aren’t stuck in certain spot of space relative to the nucleus. Instead, they tend to fill the shape of orbitals, … Continue reading Electron Excitation

Energy Series: Nuclear Power

I’ve decided to start a short series on the different types of energy sources in use and their pros and cons. First, we’ll start with perhaps the most controversial energy source: nuclear. If you remember my Basic and Background Science post on Atoms and Elements, then you know that an atom is composed of a … Continue reading Energy Series: Nuclear Power

Priority Funding of Science Research

Each year a new national budget for discretionary spending is proposed, edited, accepted, and then used to divide up federal funds. Currently, the 2018 budget has been proposed and is undergoing edits. For reference, I’ll use the 2017 budget.1 Part of this discretionary spending goes to science and technology research, or Federal R&D.  It’s important … Continue reading Priority Funding of Science Research