Halo 3: Science of Play

Today, Halo 3 comes out across the country. I’m a big fan of the Halo series, and I can’t wait to get the third and final installment (need an Xbox 360 first, not to mention a TV), which looks like a video game of epic proportions. The only other game I could get excited about coming out soon is Starcraft 2. In reading and watching all about Halo 3, the making of the game, and the viral marketing they used (and didn’t need to use) to advertise the game, I came a across a really good feature article about Halo 3 that shows that Bungie is taking video game entertainment to the next level – treating it as a science!

Seriously, if you find video games interesting (or why people are so into them), you should read this article. Continue reading Halo 3: Science of Play

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Helix of another coil

A couple weeks ago I blogged about the Double Helix Nebula, making an educated guess about whether or not it coils the same way as DNA, (like a bolt or screw) or the retrograde Z-DNA. I also predicted that the Intelligent Design crowd was going to latch onto this nebula as some sort of example of design akin to what they believe happened in the origin of life. Was I right? Well, the UCLA scientist who discovered the nebula stepped in on both counts… Continue reading Helix of another coil

No scriptwriters left behind

This week I saw the new Jim Carrey comedy, mildly funny. But while waiting to see it I saw a new coke advertisement with polar bears and penguins hanging out together, drinking coca-cola. Wait a second, Polar bears live on the North pole, and punguins on the South.

Chris Mooney lamented about what this means about, and does to the public understanding of science, in this case biogeography. Continue reading No scriptwriters left behind