Steven W. Disbrow

Earth Almost Buys the Farm—Not!

“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.” more »

Aug 7, 2014 12:00 AM Just A Theory

Why I’m Thankful for Science

About this time next week, Americans will be sitting down with their loved ones to celebrate the things that they are most thankful for. While we’re all thankful for our families and friends, I’m personally thankful for ... more »

Nov 18, 2015 12:12 PM Just A Theory

The End Of The World Is Nigh!

In case you missed it, the world was destroyed last week. As a result, most, if not all, of you that are reading this are currently undergoing eternal torment of some sort. (Probably related to bike lanes.) more »

Oct 14, 2015 3:46 PM Just A Theory 1 Comments

Make, Make, Make...Make Your Booty

Some of the stuff I write about here in “Just a Theory” is a bit beyond the experience of the everyday person. Visiting dwarf planets, cooling liquids to almost absolute zero, discovering a new elementary particle ... more »

Sep 16, 2015 12:51 PM Just A Theory

When Tech Access Becomes Tech Overload

Check your Apple Watch! That’s right—it’s the most wonderful time of the year: It’s new iPhone time! Within a couple of weeks, we’ll be awash in a wave of punditry telling us how the latest iPhone is both the best and worst ... more »

Sep 2, 2015 2:07 PM Cover Story

Hot, Hotter, Hottest

Last month’s article(s) on climate change got me thinking about “heat.” What is it exactly, and how hot can things actually get? When I was a lad, my father told me something that blew my little mind: “There’s no such thing as ‘cold,’ son." more »

Aug 19, 2015 12:05 PM Just A Theory

CoPAC…to The Future!

If you’ve been around the arts scene of Chattanooga for any time at all, you’ve probably been to at least one show at the fabulous Barking Legs Theater on Dodds Avenue. more »

Aug 12, 2015 12:58 PM Cover Story

It’s Real, It’s Here...and It’s Up to Us to Change

The purpose of this article is to, briefly, discuss the implications of that article and then talk about what each of us can do to help prevent the worst effects of climate change from actually happening. more »

Jul 29, 2015 4:54 PM Cover Story

Climate Change: The Basics

It’s getting hotter. Everyone knows it. Except, of course, that it’s actually getting colder. Everyone knows that! Heavier rains, longer dry spells. The drought in California? Tornadoes touching down all over the Tennessee Valley…? more »

Jul 15, 2015 1:30 PM Just A Theory

Space Opera, circa Summer 2015

One of the best things about writing a science column is that there’s always something interesting happening, so I’m never at a loss for topics. In fact, I’ve usually got the opposite problem: There’s too much happening! more »

Jun 17, 2015 4:11 PM Just A Theory

The State of Pseudoscience

One of my least-favorite things in the world is pseudoscience. Pseudoscience is, by definition, false science, and it takes lots of forms: homeopathy, astrology, chakras, and many, many more. more »

May 20, 2015 12:48 PM Just A Theory

Cha Ha Ha!

If you say the word, “comedy” ’round here, chances are the assumption will be you’re talking about The Comedy Catch. That’s understandable, because, as of this year, the ’Catch has been putting comics on stage for 30 years. more »

Apr 29, 2015 12:35 PM Cover Story

In Orbit With A New Dawn

Launched way back in September of 2007, the NASA probe “Dawn” has been using its super-awesome ion engine to explore the asteroid belt since 2011. more »

Mar 18, 2015 4:31 PM Just A Theory

Measles and Misinformation

Professor Disbrow and friend lower the boom on anti-vax mythology more »

Feb 18, 2015 12:00 AM Just A Theory

Family Fun On the Rocks

If you’ve ever suspected that your children want you dead, there’s an easy way to tell that’s pretty definitive: They ask you to take them rock climbing. more »

Jan 29, 2015 9:50 AM Cover Story

Another Crappy Column

I think it’s fair to say that science can be messy. Especially medical science. I mean, there’s blood and bones and synovial fluids and…. poop. more »

Jan 15, 2015 9:42 AM Just A Theory

Beyond GamerGate

We all know the Hollywood cliches: A lone man sits, bathed in the glow of a TV screen and covered in chip-dust. Occasionally he’ll jerk his hands up (so you can see the Xbox controller he’s holding) and yell at the TV ... more »

Dec 17, 2014 5:42 PM Cover Story

Let’s Get Small...and Smaller...and Smaller

In last month’s column, I discussed distances. Specifically, large distances, as they are used in science generally and astronomy in particular. more »

Dec 10, 2014 5:14 PM Just A Theory

Going the Distance, Interstellar Style

You may have noticed that I have more than a few pet peeves. One of the biggest is the use of imprecise terminology in popular culture ... more »

Nov 13, 2014 12:00 AM Just A Theory

How To Get Stars In Your Eyes

When I was a wee lad, I was fascinated by astronomy. It might have had something to do with the fact that during my pre-teen years, America was becoming the world’s preeminent space-faring nation... more »

Oct 16, 2014 12:00 AM Cover Story