Have You Taken Your Daily Dose of Science?

Hello possums!

I sincerely hope you’ve been doing your homework by keeping an eye on the new “Why? Because Science.” Here’s what’s been happening this week:

Amazing Science Video: Epic Rap Battle # 2 – You absolutely have to watch this CLASSIC and utterly hilarious staged battle between Sir Isaac Newton and Bill Nye the Science Guy. Look out for Neil DeGrasse Tyson towards the end!

Epic Rap battles of history

Blog Post: Life on Mars – Relocation, Relocation, Relocation! – Would YOU relocate to Mars? With soaring mountains, plummeting canyons, skiing at the polar ice caps and a 17km high volcano, your tourist itinerary would be full.

mars-landscape-deep-valleys

Daily Dose of Funny Science – Your Sciencey LOL of the day

Blog Post: Gravity and the Laws of Attraction, Somewhat Revised – How “heavy” is your attraction to your sexy crush? Figure it out using Newton’s elementary equation.

gravity and the laws of attractionIs the force strong with you?

Amazing Science Video: Queen and Quantum Mechanics – Check out this brilliant rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody with one heck of sciencey kick in the proverbials!

Once again, my dears, please follow the new site, sign up for emails, LIKE our Facebook Page (you can check it out by clicking on the link) and join me on my new venture to infinity and beyond!

Fusion Viral Video Facebook

The Great Reveal (Oh Behave!)

Marilyn-Monroe-White-Dress-Seven-Year-ItchThe time has come to reveal the new address of “Why? Because Science” to you all! First, however, a brief explanation:

Writing this blog has been somewhat of a dream of mine, but one that has never been fully realised until now. This is because my affiliation with a new media website – Fusion Viral Video – has permitted me to make this science blog the focal point of all my creative endeavors. With the transition of my blog to the science pages of Fusion Viral Video, I can now make “Why? Because Science” my passion and my JOB and what that means for me is something I felt was beyond my reach for so long: it’s a dream job realised.

Yes baby!Yes!

So, I beg all of you not to mourn the phasing out of a website you have become so familiar with, but rather to celebrate the fact that this floozy (that would be me) will be celebrating with a LOT of champagne this weekend. And also that I will be posting so much more regularly and with renewed vigor on Why? Because Science – Fusion Media, which you can view by clicking on the link provided!

I also implore every one of you to follow my activity on this new site; to like our Facebook Page and even to subscribe to the hilarity via email. You’ll find everything you’ve come to know and love about “Why? Because Science” on the Fusion Viral Video website, as well as other funny, interesting, awe-inspiring and HOLY CRAP videos and pictures, courtesy of Fusion Media’s team of writers.

The science, however, will be brought to you by me. Thea.

What Happens Now?

horrified cat funny cat pictureDON’T PANIC! The transition has begun and you can start reading more “Why? Because Science” on Fusion Viral Video and tune in every day as more and more posts make the move or get added:

Daily Dose of Funny Science. Yep, it’s the new “Sciencey LOL of the week!”

Aurora Northern Lights: The Most Amazing Thing You’ll Ever See. And it’s not Mila Kunis’ rack!

Battle of the Epic Whirlwinds. Does size really count? The weatherman thinks so…

Bird Watching: Making Your Safari Way More Awesome. Because there’s something visceral about bonking in a tent.

Awesome Science Video: Epic Rap Battles of History # 1. Watch the impossible: Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawkins tearing each other a new butthole.

More to follow in the coming weeks as the fruition of this long-standing dream is realised! Maybe if I apply the same work ethic to my other dreams, Dr. Addison Montgomery will show up on my doorstep in a lab coat…

Dr. Addison Montgomery Greys Anatomy

It’s a New Dawn, a New Day, a New Life…

Sunrise from an aeroplaneSilence is golden, especially after road tripping across country with your mother-in-law; especially after forgetting to renew your child’s Ritalin prescription and ESPECIALLY after George Bush Junior wraps up yet another hit YouTube speech. But when it comes to “Why? Because Science”, silence is not golden. As the days fly by since last I posted an intellectual offering, I begin to see cobwebs gather at the corner of my beloved blog’s virtual pages… and it’s not the work of Google spiders.

On any other occasion this would have depressed me terribly, but just as one sees the sun crack the horizon in unimaginable shades of crimson from the tiny port-hole on a commercial flight, so too have the horizons for “Why? Because Science” begun to glimmer with new life. This blog, which I have loved and nurtured since the blustery southern hemisphere winter of 2012 has a new destination and it is no longer here. It’s a new dawn, a new day, a new life… and I’m feeling good! Why? Because Science I have joined forces with someone of great intellectual and inspirational standing: someone for which and with whom I have worked since 2010. “Why? Because Science” is to become a part of a new venture into the world of online entertainment, which, in addition to daily science musings, funny pictures and awe-inspiring videos, will include:

  • News from around the world
  • Hilarious internet memes
  • Funny videos of people being idiots, in other words, natural selection at work
  • Videos of animals being ridiculously adorable
  • Videos of news anchors dropping accidental F-bombs
  • No-way videos, awe-inspiring videos and more funny videos.

And so, our new site is to become the premier destination for the bored at work, the ignorant seeking enlightenment and the needing-to-kill-some-time-while-they-wait-for-their-girlfriend-to-get-ready. taking-a-long-time-to-get-readyWhat you have known “Why? Because Science” to be and much of its integrity will be preserved. In fact, it will be greatly enhanced through multiple daily postings, as opposed to twice a week (at its busiest) and once a bloody millennium (of late). There will be a greater variety of media, too and if your mind begins to overheat, you can always check out some of the site’s other pages, which will be packed with entertainment of a deliciously brainless nature.

“Why? Because Science” will occupy it’s very own page on this website. But for now, my beloved readers, these are all the details I can provide until the plan is set correctly in motion. When the time comes, I will provide you with a new pathway to greater knowledge and it is my most ardent hopes and desires that you will follow me across to my new platform. Just as Frodo took on an epic journey across Middle Earth to save the world from destruction by an angry and inflamed gash, so too must I fly with the winds of change.

Fly with me! Fly you fools! Fly-You-Fools funny picture

Sciencey LOL of the Week

Ice cubes float in water

Well done, meme-maker. Everybody loves a good pun.

But did you ever wonder why ice floats?

It may seem counter-intuitive, but ice is actually less dense than water! Approximately 9% less dense. This may seem odd because most solid objects sink when tossed into water and this is because they are denser. In other words, there are more molecules of whatever it’s made of packed into its mass.  So wouldn’t the same apply to ice, which IS essentially solid water?

According to the ice floating in your gin and tonic, the answer is no and the reason for this lies in what happens on a molecular level when water becomes so cold that it freezes to ice. During this process, the little bonds between the molecules of water become rigid, forcing them into a delicate repeated pattern called a crystal lattice. In this state, the molecules are set slightly further apart than they would be in liquid form. With more space between the molecules, you are left with a substance that is less dense. As a result, the ice floats to the top of your drink, clinking pleasantly as it does so.

So, in spite of the compelling argument put forward by your drunk friend, the fact that ice floats has nothing to do with trapped fish farts…

fish farts in ice