¿Whales Schmoozing with Scientists?

Humpback Whale: Courtesy of

Hello again science fans! Kumusta muli mga tagahanga ng agham! [Three out of every 100 people in the Bay Area speak Tagalog/Filipino at home.]


In 1967, Roger Payne and Scott McVay discovered that sounds made by male humpback whales were complex arrangements that lasted as long as 30 minutes before being repeated. Multiple males even sang in unison. From year to year some ‘phrases’ were replaced by new ones. ¿Language? More recently we’ve learned that brain anatomy suggests whales could be capable of language. Also, t

A little bit of everything – SciSchmooze

Bob Siederer
29 April 2024

M76. Credit: NASA, ESA, STScl, A.Pagan (STScl)

Hello again Science fans!

If you are one of those people who, like me, is interested in how things work, you may enjoy this video. It is about Olympic Curling Stones, how they are made, and why they cost so much. The process is fascinating. The granite only comes from one place on earth, Ailsa Craig off the Scotish coast. Two types of granite are used in each stone.

Curling can only be described as an odd sport. It is sort of like shuffleb

And the orbits go on…

herb masters
24.4.22 SciSchmooze

Saturn's Ears

Greetings Science Reasoning Readers,

These are amazing times to be alive. Humans have done fairly well for the last 300,000, or so, years. It seems that as we have become more numerous we have had to increase our resourcefulness and understanding of how things work. Many amazing things have been invented and discovered. Now after a few hundred years of 

Blowing Smoke with the SciSchmooze

4.15.2024 another taxing day
Herb Masters

Hello Science Fans and Acceptors,

I hope everyone had a chance to see the last week’s eclipse in one form or another. I was fortunate enough to see it with a few thousand people in Torreon, Mexico. They were in the park that surrounds the Planetarium in Torreon. It was great to experience it with a bunch of astronomy loving high schoolers who had been working for months with staff to collaborate with the 

An Easter SciSchmooze

Bob Siederer
March 31 2024

Caltrain's New Electric Trains. Photo by Bob Siederer

Hello again Science Fans! I’m filling in for David this week (and next). For those of you who celebrate, Happy Easter!

More about Time

In my February 25 SciSchmooze, I went into a discussion about time. There was one error (that I know of) in that discussion where I said how there was a two week difference between the start of Daylight Savings Time here in the US versus Europe, with them making the change later than us. The difference is actually three weeks, with Europe changing to Daylight time early this morning. They will return to st

Bob Siederer
March 24, 2024

Coronal loops on the Sun, captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory.

Hello again Science fans and welcome to another SciSchmooze!

There are 87 events on the calendar over the next two weeks. My picks include:

  1. Wonderfest: BLACKBERRY and Corporate Psychology - 03/26/2024 05:00 PM
  2. The Psychology of Misinformation and Its Remedies&nb

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