For The Love of Water

October 25, 2009

GrrlScientist recently posted a series of videos from the movie Flow: For The Love of Water. It is about how human activity is affecting the water supply available to us humans, and looking at this, things don’t look good. The first step towards solving any problem, of course, is being aware of the problem, so I suggest you see this excellent documentary. Here is part one:

Considering how large these problems seem, I wonder whether humanity has the will and tools to solve them. Frankly, I am slightly pessimistic, but we will see… We will see…

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Triple Review Fest

August 11, 2009

I thought I would give out my thought on the book “Death from the Skies,” the movie “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince,” and the first season of “Full Metal Alchemist, series 2.”

Firstly, Death from the Skies:

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(oops, should have focused more on the right, oh well)

Death from the Skies, I can say, is one of the really good science popularizing book out there. It is written by an author you may already know, a really popular blogger Phil Plait. The book is basically about a variety of phenomena in nature that could end life as we know it. But in my mind, that is only a trampolin to jump from towards broader topics of astronomy. Yeah, he talks about all the way to die (black hole is not a nice way to die), and in the end, we are all doomed (end of universe, proton decay), but he also talks about the processes that drive those phenomena, what makes them tick. In the end, you get to understand that those processes explain so much of what goes on in the universe. Read the rest of this entry »