Steven W. Disbrow

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

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

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

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