Disappointed Meteor-Shower Geeks May Get Second Chance

By Will Sullivan Contributing Writer, [GAS] If you missed this month’s usually spectacular Geminid meteor shower, due to the full moon’s brightness—or the Perseids back in August—you may get a relatively rare chance to check out another meteor event in the early morning hours of Saturday, January 3, 2009: the unpredictable Quadrantids. Unlike the Geminid […]

Einstein Proven From the DARK SIDE

By Will Sullivan Contributing Writer, [GAS] This is especially for the cosmology wunderkinds among us geeks; hey, it takes geeks of all kinds!  Among “the rest of us,” we merely semi-brilliant folk, Einstein may be most famous for his General Relativity theory, which is mind-blowing enough; however, he also famously regretted to himself and the […]

Exploring the frontiers of happiness

In the following video presentation, Harvard psychologist Dan Gilbert presents research and data from his exploration of happiness — sharing some surprising tests and experiments that you can also try on yourself. The premise of his current research — that our assumptions about what will make us happy are often wrong — is supported with […]

A Bit of Free Sci-Fi: “The end of Science”

By Jimmy Rogers Contributing Writer, [GAS] As a scientist (or at least a scientist-in-training), I tend to think of the physical world and human curiosity as eternal bedfellows.  As long as there are other worlds to ponder, be they huge or microscopic, we will do what we have always done: “Seek out and explore new […]

Are You an Angry Drunk? It’s In Your Genes!

By Casey Lynn Contributing Writer, [GAS] According to a new study, one particular overactive gene could explain that dude you know who goes from Jekyll to Hyde when he gets a few drinks in him. The MAOA gene produces an enzyme that breaks down mood-related chemicals, and high levels of this enzyme mixed with alcohol […]