What is Darwinism?
By: Christyl Rivers
Charles Darwin recently was celebrated upon his 200th birthday, along with Abraham Lincoln. Born on the same fateful day, two men changed history. The changes Darwin wrought remain more controversial. No where are people more riled up than in the United States, where protests still...
First law of thermodynamics for an open system
By: Jamie Turner
The first law of thermodynamics, or conservation of energy principle, states that one type of energy can be transformed into another type, but that energy will never be created out of nothingness, nor can it be destroyed into nothingness. Conservation laws also apply to mass...
Product reviews: Scopeteknix 10 part eyepiece and accessory kit
By: Matt Kelly
Call me a big kid if you want but there's just something intrinsically exciting about receiving a gift in a solid metal briefcase. Like a sci fi treasure chest, reassuringly heavy. It was as a Christmas present I received the Scopeteknix eyepiece & accessory kit...
Inventions from the space program that are in everyday use
By: Christyl Rivers
Going to space gave us more than just inspiration. Inventions from the space program include memory foam, dust-busters, micro-chips, Velcro, satellites, (try watching television without them these days!) cell phones, Teflon, several pharmaceuticals and new innovative medical treatments, vacuum tubes, hydroponics plant techniques, GPS...
By: Mary Finn
“Darwinism” is a pejorative reference to a theory more properly known as The Theory of Evolution or Natural Selection. First developed by Charles Darwin a few years before the American Civil War, the theory states that in any given population of living organisms natural...
Product reviews: Antares Speers-Waler 17mm eyepiece
By: Matt Kelly
In the past, I have been put off from buying Antares products after purchasing an absolutely atrocious laser collimator from them. Perhaps it's unfair to brand a company off of just one of its products and so when a friend from my local astronomy club...
By: Jamie Turner
Mesoamerica’s central location allowed it to benefit from technologies developed within both South and North America. Metalworking in South America dates back to at least 1936 BC and appears to have been created for ornamental purposes. While indigenous tribes in South America were making...
Product reviews: Antares Speers-Waler 5-8mm zoom eyepiece
By: Matt Kelly
The zoom eyepiece allows astronomers to reach a multitude of focal lengths (magnifications) using only a single unit. In principal this can be a very desirable application as it negates the need to swap eyepieces around, it can be a real pain with an undriven...
Product reviews: Meade 10" LightBridge Dobsonian telescope
By: Matt Kelly
Any Astronomer who lives in a light saturated suburb will value the virtue of portability in their telescope. The Lightbridge is Meade's secret weapon against light pollution, if your struggling with sky glow simply collapse the truss poles and pack it into the back of...
Biography: Stephen Hawking
By: D. Vogt
Stephen Hawking (1942-) is a retired Cambridge theoretical physicist. He is best known for his popularization of black hole and cosmological research, as well as his struggle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease), which has left him paralyzed and only able to...

 

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