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Steven W. Disbrow

As I write this on Sunday, the temperature here at my home in north Georgia is 60° F. We just went through (yet another) crazy set of storms this last weekend, and there are more storms forecast for the middle of the week. (It might even be ... Read more

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It’s hard to believe that in just a few days, the “twenty-teens” will be over. The last ten years have gone by surprisingly fast and in that time, science and technology have made tremendous strides forward. I thought that for my last column of ... Read more

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Even before Pluto was demoted from “planet” to “dwarf planet” back in 2006, astronomers had been looking for another, massive, object out beyond Pluto’s orbit. The reason is simple: There’s something out there that’s messing with the orbits of ... Read more

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Long time readers of this column will remember “Oumuamua”, which we last talked about back in January of this year. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Oumuamua, it’s the first object ever detected that we know came from outside of the ... Read more

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It’s that time again! Time to look at as many different “little” science stories as we can…that’s right, it’s our Research Roundup for Summer 2019! Last week, something huge hit Jupiter and caused an explosion so big it was caught by an amateur ... Read more

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One of the problems with space flight is you need to throw stuff out of the back of your spacecraft in order to make it go. You could throw rocks out the back, but you wouldn’t get very far, or go very fast. So, we’ve decided that, for now, the ... Read more

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About a month from now, we’ll celebrate the 50th anniversary of humanity’s first landing on the moon: July 20, 1969. (Fun fact, the moon’s proper name is actually “Luna”, and it’s the root word for things like “lunatic”, “lunacy”, and “lunch” ... Read more

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Back in the 1970’s, NASA was just sending the first wave of robotic explorers into the outer solar system. Thanks to a fortuitous alignment of the planets, and some amazing astro-navigational feats by the folks at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory ... Read more

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If it’s not painfully clear yet, climate change is going to end our civilization and kill us all. All that’s really left is for BuzzFeed to make a quiz so we can all find out how we’ll die. Since this is print, we can’t really do that, so let’s ... Read more

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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After long consideration, and with great sadness, we are announcing the closing of our Rossville Ave location. This weekend’s shows, December 20th and 21st, will be our last in this location. Tonight’s “Open House” will also be the last in this ... Read more

The Bowl

“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

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