Bringing Science Down to Earth

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Post originally published on Nov. 5th, 2014

Greetings, fellow Earthling! As a way to share my love of science with others, I’ve decided to write a blog about (you guessed it) science.

I am a high school student with an enthusiastic, rather geeky fondness for physics and astronomy, and I hope to eventually be an active participant in one (or both!) of those fields. However, I wasn’t really interested in science until a few years ago, when I wrote my term paper on human evolution, and that got me started. Initially I focused more on paleontology and archaeology, but a visit to the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Green Bank, WV sparked my interest in physics and space science, which was further fueled by Carl Sagan’s Cosmos and Brian Cox’s Wonders of the Universe. I find science captivating- it explains why things are, how they were, and how they will be with amazing accuracy that improves all the time as new, more sensitive equipment is developed. My aim is to bring science down to Earth, away from intimidating multi-syllable words (e.g. Heterotic O string theory!) and confusing equations, and show you how exciting it can be. I’m admittedly no expert, but I am learning. On this blog, I will post brief explanations of science-related topics I have been reading about, so that as I learn, you will, too. I’ll try to cite my information sources and be as accurate as possible, but there is always a chance that my resources are outdated. If that happens, I’m sorry- things change fast in the science world! I may not be able to post regularly due to my school schedule and other responsibilities, but I will try to update as often as I can. Thank you so much for reading, and be sure to keep an eye out for my next post!