Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein’s Outrageous Legacy – by Kip Thorne

Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein’s Outrageous Legacy by Kip S. Thorne My rating: 4 of 5 stars This book explains, among other thing, a very cool theory about using stable wormholes to create a time machine. Now if we could only make wormholes stable, manipulate them, and pass through them safely without radiation feedback … then I could go back and create a time … Continue reading Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein’s Outrageous Legacy – by Kip Thorne

Ebola – Virulence Per Outbreak

In a deviation from standard posts, I turn to the current outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa. The infographic from Forbes below may shed some light on the relative extent and virulence of this outbreak. EBOLA VIRUS DISEASE: VIRULENCE PER OUTBREAK. Rectangles are outbreaks, labelled with year. Size is number of disease cases. Color is virulence, the case fatality rate from 0% yellow … Continue reading Ebola – Virulence Per Outbreak

Supermoon

If you have been fortunate enough to have a clear sky in┬álast┬ácouple of days, you may have noticed that the moon is especially bright and large. This is no coincidence, since this month’s lunar perigee (221,796 miles) occurs at around the same time as the official moment of the moon’s full phase. We have had three supermoons in a row this summer, but this weekend’s … Continue reading Supermoon