Reader's guide for French poetry majors: Photosynthesis is the process wherein green plants use the energy in sunlight to dissociate Hydrogen from water. It then combines the Hydrogen with Carbon from atmospheric Carbon Dioxide (CO2) to make Carbohydrates*, releasing Oxygen as a byproduct. We eat the plants, or we eat… » 3/28/15 11:03am Saturday 11:03am

In 1971 Apollo 15 flew to the moon. Jim Irwin got out, walked around, picked up rocks... you know, moon stuff. Then he got back in the rocketship and flew home. On the aircraft carrier he noticed a mechanical pencil he'd had in his pocket the whole time, even on the moon. He gave it to a NASA PR guy and said hey maybe… » 3/27/15 6:34pm Friday 6:34pm

Fun fact: Spacecraft have had escape rockets since the earliest days of manned spaceflight, but they've only been used once. In 1975 Soyuz T-10a exploded on the pad and the escape rockets flew the crew capsule to safety with only seconds to spare. The occupants were subjected to as much as 17 gees of acceleration. On… » 3/26/15 4:40am Thursday 4:40am

In Star Trek III, The Search For Spock, the made a big point of Saavik pon farring young Spock's brains out on the Genesis planet. It seemed obvious at the time that a Baby Spock would figure in the sequel; how cool would that be. But not only was there no baby, they dumped Saavik on Vulcan and wrote her out of the… » 3/25/15 2:46pm Wednesday 2:46pm

Actually this simple happy pill was pretty mild compared to other measures pursued at the time. In the decade between 1945 and 1955 some 40,000 people in the US were lobotomized. Many of the victims patients were women; it was called the "housewife's operation", for when your husband thought you were too high strung. » 3/23/15 3:21pm 3/23/15 3:21pm