Guesting with the Schmooze

A Blast from the Past

Jul 15 2024

Human Genome Project Contributors from NHGRI

Herb had some technical challenges this week, so I’ll be your guest editor. It’s only been seven years since my last turn at the wheel - let’s see how this goes!

It’s been over 20 years since the Human Genome Project was “completed” - a monumental scientific achievement marking the successful sequencing of the entire human genetic code. This groundbreaking milestone ushered in a new era of genomic discovery that continues to revolutionize healthcare and scientific research to this day. One story caught my eye about the history and legacy of that work. In an incredible invest

Instinctively SciSchmoozing

8 Jul 2024

Photo by Bart Zijlstra, UNIL

Hello again science fans. विज्ञान प्रेमियों को पुनः नमस्कार।. (120,000 Bay Area residents speak Hindi at home.)


Occasionally, ants get injured by predators, or from fighting, or from skate-boarding. Rather than drag around a broken, bleeding leg, an injured ant will request an amputation by another ant. Afterall, it’s p

SciSchmoozing around the Planet

30 JUN 2024

Starliner at the ISS orbiting 3rd planet from Sol - Credit Nathan Koga for NSF/L2

Hello again science fans! Xin chào một lần nữa những người hâm mộ khoa học! (2% of Bay Area residents speak Vietnamese at home)

I keep humming to myself, “Oh Lord, stuck in orbit a-again.” (With props to John Fogerty, a former El Cerrito teen) Not only is the Starliner crew - Suni Williams and Butch Wilmore - stuck in the orbiting International Space Station, none of the crew can even take a stroll outside since the ISS 

A follow-up SciSchmooze

Bob Siederer
24 June 2024

Hello again science fans!

This is the first SciSchmooze of the astronomical summer, what with the solstice having occurred this past Thursday. Different countries refer to the start of summer at different times, some May 1, Some June 1. In the US, we tend to say it starts on Memorial Day. The astronomical start is celebrated by some as Midsummer’s Day.

Last Wednesday was Juneteenth. What seems like a recent holiday has roots going back to 1865. Heather Cox Richardson explains the history, as well as efforts since then to get around the freedom Juneteenth represents.

I want to follow up on two stories I’ve writen about in the past.

Doubting with the SciSchmooze

Herb Masters
10 June 2024

Greetings Science Appreciators, Critical Thinkers and Science and Reason based Skeptics,

The challenge of understanding the meaning, intent, and consequences of what we face these days is immense. I think we need to be able to have confidence in the validity of what you personally believe to make informed decisions that may have major consequences to each of us as well as to the community as a whole. So how do you know what to accept or believe?


The SciSchmooze is 100% Recyclable

Kedonganan Beach in Bali, Indonesia. Credit: Agung Parameswara/Getty Images

Hello again science fans!   科学迷们,大家好!(7 out of 100 Bay Area residents speak Chinese at home.)


The photo of a Bali beach covered in plastic waste (photo above) is in stark contrast to my mind’s eye image of the renowned Indonesian vacation paradise. If you watch TV with advertisements, you’ve probably seen colorless squashed plastic containers arise into pristine pastel plastic receptacles in an ad from America’s Plastic Makers. It is disingenuous hype f

The Memorial Day Weekend SciSchmooze

Bob Siederer
27 May 2024

May 20, 2013 tornado in Moore, Oklahoma. Credit: Vincent Deligny/AFP/Getty Images

Hello again Science Fans! It is a 3-day holiday weekend for most of us, so enjoy the unofficial beginning of summer. The astronomical start of summer, the summer solstice, occurs on Thursday, June 20 this year. If you want to know more about the solstice, check out this article from the Farmers’ Almanac.


Way back in 1930, the

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