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The Work-Energy Theorem -Or- “Jacob starts writing about actual Science, again…”

Welcome back to the grind, PaleoPosse!  Did you have a good Thanksgiving vacation?  I sure hope so, because today I’m going to flex your brain muscle and attempt to teach you some REAL science: PHYSICS.  Not that mushy, gushy “biology” and “paleontology” pseudo-science that Ryan and Patrick peddle.

Microbes ain't got SHIT on me

AND if you stick through it all the way to the end, there’s a prize in store for somebody!!!

But enough of that, today I’m going to teach you about the Work-Energy Theorem.  Otherwise known as, “Everything they tried to teach you in high school physics.”

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DARK MATTER: NOT HOCUS POCUS


Hi everyone, ben here! I’m trying to experiment right now with a NEW MEDIUM:

SCIENCE INFOCOMICS.

we’re going to do our best, guys. I’m going to try to get better pens, and find some better paper as we go. So without much more rambling:

DARK MATTER: It’s not hocus pocus.

You Know What's AWEFUL for this? BALLPOINT PEN!

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CAN YOU HEAR ME? OR ARE YOU CANCELLING MY NOISE?

I <3 Katy Perry

“CAUSE YOU’RE HOT THEN YOU’RE COLD

YOU’RE YES THEN YOU’RE NO

YOU’RE IN THEN YOU’RE OUT

YOU’RE UP THEN YOU’RE DOWN

YOU’RE WRONG WHEN IT’S RIGHT

IT’S BLACK AND IT’S WHITE

WE FIGHT, WE BREAK UP

WE KISS, WE MAKE UP!”

Man I LOVE that song!  I could just sing it all day long! On the train, on a plane, right beside you, in your ear-hole.

Supposin’ you don’t like the power-pop that my girl Katy likes to sing?  Well then you’ve got two choices: 1) Challenge me to a sing-off.  2) Put on some noise-canceling headphones.

Trust me, you don’t want to challenge me to a sing-off.

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The Twin Paradox (Part ONE)

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The Twin Paradox

a TWIN PAIR OF DUCKS! O_O

No you misheard. I said “twin PARADOX”. As in: a situation where the outcome seems counterintuitive or contradictory. The twin paradox is a famous paradox closely associated with Einstein’s Theory of Special Relativity.

Simply put, you take a set of twins. Born on the same day, on the same year, to the same Mom. We’ll call one of them Liz, and the other Ben. We take Ben and send him on a trip into space on a rocket (or throw him too close to a black hole)… and after a couple years, he returns from his exile and goes to see his twin. It’s their birthday after all (suppose that it’s also their birthday).

But as they put candles on their cake, they realize that Ben is MUCH YOUNGER than Liz! A whole handful of candles! How can this be? Neither twin has access to a TARDIS. Each twin denies undergoing any magical or science-y procedure (aside from the rocket trip, but Ben contends that he mostly just sat around in a room playing nintendo). Each twin recalls each and every day since they parted, years ago, and claims that nothing strange has happened. It’s a mystery! No! It’s more than a mystery: it’s a PARADOX.

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