RSS

Steven W. Disbrow

“Unless we come up with a way to move the Earth out of the way, we are basically marking time until one of these things hits us.” Read more

Just A Theory

Here’s the thing about Science: It’s never afraid to admit when it doesn’t know the answer to a question. In fact, saying, “I don’t know” is the fuel that allows the engine of Science to creep our civilization forward. The simple act of humbly ... Read more

Just A Theory

On January 25th, 2004, I was sitting at the family computer (an eMac, remember those?) with my daughter, anxiously awaiting news from the surface of Mars as to the fate of a robotic lander named “Opportunity”. Even though Opportunity’s sister ... Read more

Just A Theory

I try my best to keep this column grounded in scientific fact. And I always try to go by the rule, “It’s never aliens.” But, two different stories have been making the rounds the last month or so, and “aliens!” seems to be a possible (if remote) ... Read more

Just A Theory

Improv Chattanooga is excited to announce that they are moving into a newer, larger space effective January 1st. The new space—located at 1800 Rossville Ave, Ste 118—is just four doors down from their current space, and features a larger lobby ... Read more

News & Notes

Oh my. It’s been a big month in space exploration, with lots of exciting developments on a lot of different fronts. So, let’s get right to it. After a six-month journey from the Earth to Mars, NASA’s InSight lander touched down on Mars on ... Read more

Just A Theory

Did you know that just four forces make everything in the Universe work? It’s true! These are known as the “Fundamental Forces of Nature”, and this month, I’m going to give you a quick rundown of each one, starting with… Read more

Just A Theory

If it isn’t clear by now, Climate change is the biggest threat our species has ever faced. The recent report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, paints a grim picture of a future where our planet is too warm and the weather ... Read more

Just A Theory

For some reason, we humans are obsessed with speed. The faster a thing goes, the more impressive it is to us. This fascination probably has some sort of basis in how we evolved. The faster a person was, the more likely they were to escape ... Read more

Just A Theory

Well, the kids are back in school, and we’re about half way through Summer, so it must be time for another Research Roundup! The biggest science news of the summer is the launch (just days ago) of the Parker Solar Probe. Unlike previous missions ... Read more

Just A Theory

Recently, my nephew came to stay with us for a few weeks. We hadn’t seen each other in over a decade and he is at the age (17) where he’s deciding what to do with his life. A couple of his pursuits, music and the theater, were very gratifying to ... Read more

Just A Theory

This week, people the world over will be celebrating the unofficial holiday known as “Juneteenth.” It’s a week-long celebration of the Abolition of Slavery here in the United States, which occurred on June 19th, 1865. While Juneteenth has been a ... Read more

Just A Theory

As you may have heard, humanity’s addiction to plastic is becoming a problem. It’s been well documented for a while now that plastics are killing animals in the oceans and on the land. More recent studies have found that micro-plastic ... Read more

Just A Theory

Apparently, just hours ago (as I write this) on Sunday, a large heretofore unknown asteroid (2018 GE3) raced across the southern sky, with absolutely no warning. Based on the amount of light it was reflecting, astronomers put its size at ... Read more

Just A Theory

Did you know that it’s International Women’s Month? It is! Because of that, I wanted to take a look at a few women in Science that you should know. (If you don’t already.) Read more

Just A Theory

So, we are about half-way through the Winter of 2018, which means it’s time for another Research Roundup! Of course, the first thing we have to talk about is last week’s successful launch of SpaceX’s Heavy Falcon rocket. After years of planning ... Read more

Just A Theory

As I’ve noted in the past, there’s an undercurrent of anti-science that has always been a part of the American life-style. This undercurrent holds that science and the pursuit of knowledge is somehow undesirable or even “evil.” Read more

Just A Theory 1 Comments

Last month, I told you about a new type of astronomy, one that uses Gravitational Waves to view cataclysmic events happening across the universe. This month, we’ve got news from old-school astronomers about a strange visitor from another star … Read more

Just A Theory

As we went to print last month, news was swirling about an “Unprecedented” announcement that would be coming from the folks at the LIGO observatory. “LIGO,” if you don’t remember, is the “Laser Interferometry Gravitational-Wave Observatory.” Read more

Just A Theory

To be honest, given the super storms in the Gulf, the gigantic wildfires out west and crazy spring-like weather that we’re experiencing here in mid-October, I strongly considered turning in a column that just said, “Climate Change is Real And ... Read more

Just A Theory

Late last week, one of humanity’s most valiant emissaries, the Cassini Probe, met its end in the crushing atmosphere of Saturn. Cassini scientists dove the bus-sized robot into Saturn’s atmosphere on Friday, ending it’s almost 20-year mission in ... Read more

Just A Theory

DI 16.12

Tuesday

March 26, 2019

Wednesday

March 27, 2019

Thursday

March 28, 2019

Friday

March 29, 2019

Saturday

March 30, 2019

Sunday

March 31, 2019

Monday

April 1, 2019