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

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

For A Piercingly Good Time...

If you like your Halloween decorations a bit more personal and permanent, check out Dead Girlz Tattoo & Piercing Studio. more »

Oct 9, 2014 9:58 AM Fun Stuff 3 Comments

Scientific Theory: It’s Not Just A Guess, Folks

Maybe you haven’t noticed, but during the last few decades, a large number of Americans have become decidedly anti-science. This is ironic, given that the technology science has created ... more »

Sep 4, 2014 12:00 AM Just A Theory

Get Ready to Engage

The trick, it seems, is instead of a warp bubble, you construct your ship with two warp rings. One at the front to compress space, and one at the back to expand it. more »

Jul 10, 2014 12:00 AM Just A Theory

Gettin’ Higgy Wit It

"Besides simply being an amazing achievement for humanity, every time we’ve made a discovery of this type, civilization has taken a huge leap forward.” more »

Jun 12, 2014 12:00 AM Just A Theory

Ripped and Ready to Roar

"Some people would spend hundreds of dollars a day on drugs or therapy to help them feel better, but all I need is my headphones and some iron plates.” more »

Jun 12, 2014 12:00 AM Cover Story

Research Roundup

One of the great things about writing a science column is that there’s always so much stuff to choose from! See, science is driven by humanity’s most powerful trait: curiosity. As a result, scientific progress never stops. more »

May 8, 2014 12:00 AM Just A Theory

How Not to Order a Baloney Sandwich

If there’s one thing I love, it’s being lied to. There’s nothing like the warm embrace of a good lie to make me feel warm and fuzzy inside. And, if the lie was told specifically to control my behavior or to take my money, that’s even better! more »

Apr 10, 2014 12:00 AM Just A Theory

Cupid - Finding love in cyberspace is now the norm

So, what’s a lonely Chattanoogan to do? Well, this is the “Gig City”. Why not skip all that church-mingling, bar-hopping, supply-closet-fumbling and supermarket-grocery-cart-crashing and try to meet someone online? more »

Feb 14, 2014 12:00 AM Cover Story

Technically, Happy Holidays

Another reason to get an iPad? Starting with the release of the iPhone 5s earlier this year, Apple has been providing free downloads of their iLife and iWork productivity apps for all new iPhone and iPad purchases. more »

Dec 12, 2013 12:00 AM Just A Theory

Interview With A Superhero

TP: Are there any, besides the two of you? DG: There is one. She just moved here. We haven’t had a chance to really have a dialogue yet. TP: How many RLSH are here in the States? DG: Maybe in the hundreds. more »

Nov 7, 2013 12:00 AM