Ukrainian Sunflowers & the SciSchmooze

Sunflower field in Ukraine

Hello again, faithful follower of science,

It’s been a stressful week for the world. I made a small donation to UNICEF. I trust you are also doing what’s right.

Now for science:


The United Nations report, “Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability,” was released last week by the Intergove

Is it SciArt or ArtSci?

SciSchmooze 2.21.22

from the desk of herb masters

Maria Mitchell, standing at telescope, with her students at Vassar
A picture from JWST

Hello Supporters of Science and Reason

Well this seems to be a dated week doesn’t it! There certainly seem to be more dates to celebrate than I notice normally. Science and history do seem like they should make good bedfellows

Breathing Well at the SciSchmooze

The Valentine Edition

from the desk of herb masters

Greetings Science Fans, Acceptors, and Believers, (Super bowl fans too!)

I’m not even sure where to begin this week. There has been such amazing progress in science and yet I have to admit that I am often caught by some of what I can only say is bizarre stuff. More about that later.

There have been many things that science has proved that

Your Cosmic Skeptic Eclectic SciSchmooze

The Big Dipper & HD 84406
HD 84406 circled in red

Hello again dear science aficionados,

Whew! The James Webb Space Telescope, JWST, folded open and made it to its destination orbit with no glitches. During the next few months, its 18 primary mirrors - each 1.3m across - will be wiggled and warped to become a single ‘perfect’ telescope mirror using 

Solar Flare, January 20. NASA/Solar Dynamics Observatory

from the desk of Bob Siederer

Hello again Science Fans!

I fully realize that with a subject line/title such as the one I wrote this week, I run the risk of shooting myself in the foot with an unclear editorial today. Ah, the risks we take…

As I’m sure you know, California faces a serious drought condition. While the rain and snow we received so far has lessened the severity, the drought is far from broken. So we’re under water use restrictions that call for a 15% reduction

Why Science with the SciSchmooze

Puri Gagarin

from the desk of Herb Masters

Hello and Welcome to a New Year of Learning and Celebrating Science,

Here is one of the best explanations I have seen of "Why Science" I have watched it a few times and enjoy it every time.

There have been many people and cultures that can be thought of as having started “science”. Technology or more science has usually followed very shortly after each one of them. For instance… 239 years ago, 

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