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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.” more »

Aug 7, 2014 12:00 AM Just A Theory

As the father of a daughter, I have a vested interest in seeing that she receives the same opportunities as her male counterparts. (i.e. “Boys.”) I’m especially interested in her being able to pursue a career in Science (if she wants one). more »

Jul 20, 2016 1:02 PM Just A Theory

Remember the Periodic Table of Elements? You know…the poster that hung on the wall of your chemistry class in high school and was covered with symbols like “H,” “Xe” and “Au”? In case you don’t remember ... more »

Jun 15, 2016 11:55 AM Just A Theory

Back in April, a group called “Breakthrough Initiatives” announced a plan to send a probe across interstellar space to visit Alpha Centauri and send back pictures and other data. All within the next 50 years or so. more »

May 18, 2016 11:09 AM Just A Theory

There's been a whole lot of space news in just the past month, and we're here to try and make some sense of what all the excitement is about. So, let’s dive in! more »

Apr 20, 2016 12:03 PM Just A Theory

Here in America, it’s election time again. If you think about it, elections are all about communication and the process of getting your message across to as many people as possible. Whether or not people respond ... more »

Mar 16, 2016 11:19 AM Just A Theory

Longtime readers of this column might remember that back in 2014 researchers running the BICEP telescope claimed to have observed “Gravitational Waves.” Unfortunately, just months later, the peer-review process ... more »

Feb 17, 2016 10:41 AM Just A Theory

Hey everyone! It’s time for another Research Roundup! Here are some of the most interesting Science stories that have popped up in the first weeks of 2016. more »

Jan 20, 2016 12:03 PM Just A Theory

If you’ve got a young scientist in the family, you might be wondering what kind of holiday gifts to get them. So this month, I thought I’d take a look at some last-minute gifts you can get your own little Marie Curie (or Neil deGrasse Tyson). more »

Dec 16, 2015 1:21 PM Just A Theory

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Acropolis Mediterranean Grill has been at Hamilton Place Mall for so long (20 years!), it’s become a fixture there. But when you go inside, you’ll find that it’s fresher than ever. more »

May 20, 2015 11:57 AM Featured Dining

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