Archive for the ‘Science Strikes Back’

  • 1001 Inventions at LA Science Center: Islamic Science in Golden Age plus Arabia 3D
    1001 Alchemist tents The interactive exhibit at the LA Science Center is definitely worth checking out. Geared to kids, as most of the Science Center is, there is something there for all of us children at heart. The achievements of the Islamic World during the time of the European Dark Ages are impressive. Too often we think of the Arab-speaking world as the repository...
    by at July 28th, 2011 at 03:07 pm
  • Policy to allow nuclear power is the greatest evil in history
    Open Letter to Governor Brown and CPUC Wise public policy is central to a society. It should be based on such principles as the greatest good for the greatest number for the longest time. The policy to allow nuclear power is, by these principles, the greatest evil in history. Nuclear power creates many toxic products, including plutonium 239, the deadliest substance known....
    by at April 1st, 2011 at 02:04 pm
  • Irish Black & Tan on St. Patrick’s Day
    We like to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in a big way here at the Beach.  It takes two PhD’s to put this special Black & Tan together.  Use a lager on the bottom and pour the Guinness on top.  It helps that one of the PhD’s is in chemical engineering.  He’s the one that came up with the spoon. photos by Carol Georgi Dr. Nielsen and Dr. Georgi...
    by at March 21st, 2010 at 12:03 pm
  • Guided Hike to Point San Luis Lighthouse
    Avila Beach, San Luis Obispo County, CA My friend David Georgi leads guided hikes in San Luis Obispo County for the Sierra Club and the Point San Luis Lighthouse Keepers. He is an avid Pole Walker and instructor in how to reduce the energy you use hiking by using poles that look similar to ski poles. He invited me to join him for a hike to Point San Luis Lighthouse. ...
    by at August 21st, 2009 at 04:08 pm
  • Health Risks for Graveyard Shift
    Recent articles in Science News have reported on medical findings very relevant to the city that never sleeps and the workforce required to feed that habit. Studies show that men who alternated between daytime and night shifts have triple the incidence of prostrate cancer. (To read more, refer to Vol. 170, p 195 of Science News.) Also eye-opening is the data demonstrating...
    by at August 6th, 2007 at 11:08 am
  • Sen Reid Town Hall Meeting on Coal Plants
    Senator Harry Reid will be hosting a town hall discussion on “Nevada’s Role in Achieving Energy Independence.” This is a great opportunity to hear and be heard concerning the complex issues surrounding energy independence and the environment. The event has been rescheduled for Mon Aug27 @ 10:30am. Venue is the Springs Preserve 333 S. Valley View Las Vegas...
    by at August 1st, 2007 at 08:08 am
  • Perseids Meteor Shower Celestial Show
    The Perseids (Meteor Shower) happen every year in August; this year the height of the show is Aug 12-13, luckily for excellent viewing, with a new moon. Peak viewing moment was supposed to be 11pm Sunday. The best viewing is in the desert where there is low light pollution to cloud the sight as well as very low humidity to reduce distortion in the atmosphere. Desert is...
    by at July 29th, 2007 at 06:07 am
  • Lone Mtn Children’s Discovery Park
    If you are looking for a place for the family to learn about the history of Nevada as well as such a myriad of subjects as math, earth science, plant and animal life, check out the Lone Mountain Children’s Discovery Park. A 5-acre learning and play area, it is full of hands-on activities as well as a maze, climbing wall, walking paths, old-fashioned playground,...
    by at July 14th, 2007 at 06:07 am
  • Atomic Vets Remember and Tell
    Open since Feb 2005, Las Vegas’ Atomic Testing Museum combines fascinating photos and exhibits of the history of nuclear weapons research and testing, especially the crucial role played by Nevada, with occasional lectures and panel discussions. The Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian, has received over 80,000 visitors, including 10,000 schoolchildren, who visit...
    by at July 3rd, 2007 at 11:07 am
  • Mad Science Summer Camp
    Sessions are filling up for the Mad Science summer camp at the Henderson Convention Center. This is a fun, hands-on, full day, week long science camp for kids entering 1st-5th grades, Jul 16 – Jul 20 and Aug 13 – Aug 17. The themes this year are “CSI:Mad Science” and “Jr. Enginineers.” For registration go to www.madscience.org. Register...
    by at June 24th, 2007 at 10:06 pm
  • LVWAC USA-China Military Relations
    By guest contributor Dr. Jesper Nielsen Last night Ben Duchek, the force behind the Las Vegas World Affairs Council (LVWAC), put together another powerful program to support his vision of connecting Las Vegans interested in foreign affairs with knowledgeable speakers and creating a forum of vibrant and relevant dialogue. The guest commentator was Dr. Phillip C. Saunders,...
    by at June 1st, 2007 at 08:06 am
  • Mad Science “Fire & Ice” for Kids
    Jun 2 at two North Las Vegas librairies is the Mad Science program called “Fire & Ice” that lets kids “look behind the magician’s curtain” by teaching them the science behind the tricks. All ages welcome. Free. For info call Main Branch 702-633-1070 or Aliante Branch 702-839-2980. 10:30 am – North Las Vegas Main Branch 2300 Civic...
    by at May 31st, 2007 at 06:05 am
  • Humanist Group meets
    HALVASON, the Humanist Association of Las Vegas and Southern Nevada meets the 1st & 3rd Sundays from 2p-4:30p to discuss and promote humanism as a “viable alternative to supernatural and theistic belief systems. Meetings on the 1st Sunday have no agenda and are for open discussion. The 3rd Sunday is more formal with guest speakers. Light refreshments are served....
    by at May 15th, 2007 at 06:05 pm
  • Star (Gazing) Party w/ Astronomical Society
    Join the Astronomical Society of Nevada (Las Vegas) for their monthly “Star Party” the 2nd Saturday at Cold Creek or Redstone. Meet up at 7 pm for an evening of stargazing. Their mission is to encourage, foster, conduct and support programs on astronomy. Directions to the site are found at vegas.astronomynv.org. Future Star Parties and locations: Jan 20 –...
    by at April 19th, 2007 at 11:04 am
  • Summer Educational Outreach @ UNLV
    I wrote an article on the summer school classes being offered at UNLV, classes which can be taken for credit, but which are open to enrollment for anyone who choses – not just those officially enrolled as students at the university. In addition to those classes, which are rich and varied, the UNLV Educational Outreach Program offers a host of possibilities for further...
    by at April 15th, 2007 at 07:04 pm
  • Intelligent Design?
    Prof of Paleontology and Curator of the Museum of Paleontology, University of California at Berkeley, Kevin Padian will explore the four primary reasons the courts have rejected Inteligent Design. The title of his lecture is “Intelligent Education or Intelligent Design? The Challenge of Effective Science Education.” His particular concern in the challenge...
    by at April 12th, 2007 at 04:04 am
  • Sierra Club Global Warming Films
    The Sierra Club hosts a “multimedia energy festival” on Apr 14 12:30p-4:30p with films about alternative energies followed by discussion and refreshments. This event is part of a national effort to raise awareness of the dangers of global warming. The event will be held at a private home. Call Isis 702-242-2299 or email janefeldman@earhtlink.net. 4685 El...
    by at April 12th, 2007 at 04:04 am
  • Simple Solutions to Complex Biomedical Problems
    The 2007 Nevada Medal for outstanding scientific achievement was awarded to Dr. Susan Linquist of MIT for her work on protein and genetics. She will speak on “Simple Solutions to Complex Biomedical Problems” Apr 12 at 4:00 pm. “Proteins do just about everything for us, from powering our muscles to forming the complex units in our brains.” Come...
    by at April 11th, 2007 at 06:04 am
  • Drilling for Oil in ANWR lecture
    Next in the series of free University Forum Lectures is “Resource Politics: An Unbiased View of Oil in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge” on Thurs Apr 12 7:30 pm. The guest lecturer is Scott L. Montgomery, petroleum geologist and lecturer at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington. The discussion will be of resource,...
    by at April 7th, 2007 at 09:04 am
  • UNLV Concrete Canoe Races UC San Diego
    The Las Vegas Hawaiian Community Club (LVHCC) Outrigger Canoe Program has worked with the UNLV concrete canoe team to compete against the University of California-San Diego in races scheduled for April 12-14. The Society of Civil and Structural Engineers Student Conference sponsors competitions in steel bridge, concrete canoe, conrete bowling, concrete frisbee and whatever...
    by at March 28th, 2007 at 04:03 am
  • Global Warming Lecture
    Concerned about the future of our planet and the dire predictions being voiced by members of the science community and a growing number of politicians? Mark you calendar for “Global Warming: Solutions for America,” a lecture in the University Forum Lecture Series at UNLV. Prof. Eban Goodstein of Lewis and Clark College will discuss the scientific basis for...
    by at March 26th, 2007 at 01:03 pm
  • Future of Space Program Dinner
    The Las Vegas World Affairs Council presents a Space and Military Dinner with Lt. General Klotz, Vice commander, Air Force Space Command. Lt. Gen Klotz will discuss the future of the space program and the role of the military in space exploration. The topic is especially timely as a National Academy of Sciences study has joined other scientific voices criticizing NASA...
    by at March 25th, 2007 at 01:03 pm
  • Energy Conservation Ideas
    It seems like people just might be waking up to our vulnerability and how fragile we actually are, we feeble humans facing those thirsty, resource sucking machines we have created. There is a great website by Fuel Freedom International that you should visit – new products, new ideas, new possibilities for conservation of petroleum. The website is presented by Sheila...
    by at March 24th, 2007 at 07:03 pm
  • Toast to Healthy Red Wine Tannin
    You hear a lot of buzz today about the benefits of drinking red wine and according to Science News, Dec 2, 2006, there seems to be some scientific basis for it. But researchers from Scotland have shown that not all red wines are equal. Apparently wines with the highest concentrations of polymeric procyanidins are the most beneficial for cardiovascular health. These compounds...
    by at March 18th, 2007 at 07:03 pm
  • Solar Energy Society meeting
    If you are interested in learning more about renewable energy or want to meet others with the same interest, check out the meeting of the Southern Nevada Chapter of the American Solar Energy Society. This group is dedicated to the promotion of sustainable energy technology. They meet the 3rd Wed of each month at 6:00 pm. Nevada Power Building, Meeting Room A. Park...
    by at March 18th, 2007 at 06:03 pm
  • Author Ralph McInerny on Natural Law
    The UNLV Great Works Academic Certificate program is hosting a talk by Notre Dame Professor and author of the Father Dowling mystery novels on Mon Mar 19 @ 7:30 pm. Prof. McInerny, whose academic field is Medieval Studies, will focus on the philosopher Thomas Aquinas and the theory that there are inescapable moral judgements that no one can fail to recognize. These judgments...
    by at March 18th, 2007 at 06:03 pm
  • The Electric Car Association
    Remember the film, “Who Killed the Electric Car?” Well, the Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association is still here and meets the 3rd Sat each month at the Clark County Library, 10:15 am. Their talk centers on electric cars naturally, and they usually have a couple on display at the meetings. For more info 702-645-2132. The library 702-507-3400 is located...
    by at March 16th, 2007 at 03:03 pm
  • UNLV Summer School
    I just received the course catalogue for the UNLV summer term. Summer term is actually composed of three different sessions: Session 1, 3 weeks, May 14- Jun 1; Session 2, 5 weeks, Jun 4- Jul 6; Session 3, 5 weeks, Jul 9- Aug 10. As usual there are some great opportunities to enrich your mind and pursue some areas of interest, covering the material fairly rapidly. I see...
    by at March 7th, 2007 at 04:03 am
  • Saving Our Planet
    It’s almost impossible to pick up any publication today and not read about Global Warming. Even the Academy Awards used not-so-subliminal messages to communicate “we need to act now,” a mantra being promoted across all media. Our local Sheila Z. Stirling, author and head of the Open Wisdom Institute, is organizing a Climate Project consisting of ten...
    by at March 2nd, 2007 at 10:03 am
  • Mathematics in Nature
    The intimate relationship between the beauty of mathematics as reflected in the beauty of nature is explored by John Adam, professor of mathematics at Old Dominion University in a continuation of the UNLV University Forum Lecture Series. The event is co-sponsored by UNLV Mathematics Dept and will take place Mon Mar 19 at the Barrick Museum Auditorium, UNLV campus. The...
    by at February 28th, 2007 at 04:02 pm