There are a plethora of scientific research projects which have investigated the Moon’s effect on what might seem to be unrelated earthly occurrences. They tend to break down into two categories – those which find there’s no effect, and those which find there is. No effect, for example on the Spanish suicide rate. Though the […]
Sun Myung Moon [pictured here, wearing a tie], who was awarded the Ig Nobel Prize in economics, in the year 2000, has died. Reverend Moon won his Ig Nobel Prize for bringing efficiency and steady growth to the mass-marriage industry, with, according to his reports, a 36-couple wedding in 1960, a 430-couple wedding in 1968, an 1800-couple wedding in 1975, a […]
Improbable is simply: What you don’t expect. When Neil Armstrong stood on the moon, on August 20, 1969, he disintegrated eons of expectation. Throughout almost all of human history, almost no one, anywhere, ever, expected that anyone would actually, in fact, really travel to the moon. The video below shows the arrival at and on the […]
Does the phase of the moon affect the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of a country? One of the few to have formally pursued this question is Dr. Stephen Keef, Teaching Fellow at the School of Economics and Finance of Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. His latest paper Are investors moonstruck? Further international evidence on […]
This video clip has been much in the news recently. We believe that people have misinterpreted its nature. Is the “man” speaking here really a thinking human being named Bill O’Reilly? Or is the “man” really a computer artfully built to look and sound like a “thinking” human? Behold the latest entry in the Turing […]
Will man walk on, or slightly above the surface of, the moon? That seems the implied question in this old advertisement from Shell Oil. It and other specimens are on display at Ptak Books.
This recording, from about the year 1860, of Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville singing “Au Clair de la Lune” is now but a ghost of whatever it sounded like as the song left the man’s mouth. Think of it, if you like, as a song attempted on a distant night about a moon that maybe have […]
From New Scientist‘s Feedback column: AN ARTICLE in London newspaper The Daily Telegraph about the first images from the European Space Agency’s orbiting Planck observatory ended with the paragraph: “The telescope is looking at the heat left behind by the big bang. It is a job comparable to measuring the body heat of a rabbit […]