• Blogs

    October 1, 2014

    Red Tide Season is Upon Us: Oysters and Fish Beware

    Beware the red tide. That may sound like a pseudo-biblical warning, but the nasty algae that goes by that name is already popping up in Texas waters this season. And you know what this means: Oyster season, that magical time of the year when we can eat raw oysters fished out of Texas waters, is in d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    Hurricane Season 2014: Tropical Storm Arthur Forms as the "Real" Season Begins

    Tracking forecast for Tropical Storm Arthur.The first named tropical storm of 2014 formed in the Atlantic Ocean Monday. Tropical Storm Arthur formed off the coast of Florida and is expected to move gradually to the north and ultimately northeast over the next three to four days. Currently, forecasts ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2014

    Giant Asteroid Slid By for NASA Photo-op

    Lots of asteroids zoom by the planet over the course of the year (that's why NASA actually tracks and counts all the ones it can find) but one of those asteroids zipped by Earth recently, and this time NASA scientists were ready. Yep, 2014 HQ124 was more ready for its closeup than Norma Desmond at t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2014

    NASA Discovers 715 New Planets Outside our Solar System

    Space is still the final frontier, and NASA has announced that the frontier is more vast than we realized. The NASA Kepler mission has discovered 715 planets set up in multiple-planet systems a lot like ours. The discovery more than doubled the number of known worlds in one fell swoop. Launched in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2014

    Texas Gets Ready to Rumble with the EPA. Again.

    You'd be hard pressed to find anything Texas officials love more than taking whatever the federal Environmental Protection Agency is trying to do and fighting against it. They've gotten a lot of mileage out of fighting against anything the EPA tries to do when it comes to air quality in recent year ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 27, 2013
  • Blogs

    June 26, 2013

    Citizens Climate Lobby Wants to Tax Carbons, Cut Everybody Checks

    While President Obama was making a big speech on climate change on Tuesday afternoon at Georgetown University, somewhere in Washington D.C. a lobbyist group was talking with members of Congress, congressional aides and anyone else who would give a listen about the tax the group is lobbying for, a p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2013

    Hurricane Season Is Here: Please Return Your Hatches to Their Properly Battened Position

    Welcome to Hurricane Season 2013: the Search for Spock, or something. As most of us along the Gulf Coast know, the Atlantic hurricane season officially opens (Remember, hunters, your bag limit is two storms per season, so wear bright colors and stay low. Good luck!) on June 1 and runs through Novemb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2013

    Ready for Hurricane Season? The Predictions Are Starting to Come In

    Last year when the world was held rapt at the plight of northeastern residents during "Super Storm" Sandy, we along the Gulf Coast chuckled. Not at the suffering of the people there. In fact, we understand those poor people and what the went through better than just about anyone. We were laughing ov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2012

    Climate Change, a Hard Fact for European Winemakers

    My wife, daughter, and I are on the last leg of a road trip that has taken us through ten of Italy's 20 regions, from the far northeast to Mt. Vesuvius on the western coast of the south, to the tip of the heel of the boot in Lecce (Apulia [Puglia]). Today we're in central Italy, along the Adriatic s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2012

    Hey, Look, It's Summer! Houston's Normal Summer Weather Has Finally Arrived

    Stephen Colbert described Houston weather as a combination of the heat of Texas and the humidity of New Orleans. That's actually not far off in the summer. We are a fairly tropical climate. For the past couple weeks, however, it's felt more like a jungle during monsoon season. Now that Mother Nature ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2012

    Heat? Check. Rain? Check. Hurricanes? Maybe Not. Summer in Houston, 2012

    If you don't like Houston, probably at the top of your list of reasons why is the summer. For those not accustomed to the -- let's call it "sticky" -- weather the Bayou City offers from July through September each year, it can be a brutal three or four months. Of course, for people like me who have ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
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    June 14, 2012
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    February 16, 2012
  • Blogs

    September 26, 2011

    Will Houston Get Its First Real Cold Front This Weekend?

    Courtesy of Accuweather.comThose 80-degree days are in our not-too-distant future.​Last week, I brought up the fact that our weather should be moderating as the days grow shorter and cool fronts begin pushing southward. Well, looks like we might not have to wait as long for our first blast of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Animal Experiments Aren't All Bad

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 3, 2010

    "DINOSAURS! At the Houston Zoo"

    Take a walk on the wild side

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2009

    What If Swine Flu Got Turned Into a "Song"?

    So it turns out the best way to prevent swine flu is to wash your damn hands, and to make sure you do a nice thorough job. A former member of the Texas Medical Associaton's Committee on Infectious Diseases suggests you sing or hum songs you probably learned in kindergarten for the duration, to furth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2009

    Scientists Love The Muck Outside Houston

    Somewhere, a little outside Houston, recently existed a massive colony of creatures that astounded scientists with their sheer size and intrigued them with their behavior. The creatures even engaged freely in "suicidal altruism," in which some would sacrifice themselves for the greater good. (Would ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 12, 2009
  • Calendar

    February 12, 2009
  • Blogs

    January 13, 2009

    The Evolution Vs. God Debate Is Being Renewed In Texas

    Just in case you were worried that Texas hadn't made an embarrassing spectacle of itself lately, you need fret no more.Once again the State Board of Education is coming to your rescue.The SBOE is holding a public hearing January 21 on science standards, and the people at the Discovery Institute, who ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 25, 2008
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    November 17, 2008

    Aggies Don't Take Kindly To Saddam Hussein's Scientist, Lawsuit Claims

    Lawyers at Texas A&M want a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that claims Aggie scientists harassed an Iraqi researcher and his wife. A&M lawyers aren’t saying the scientists didn’t harass Dr. Mundhir Ridha, only that Texas A&M should be exempt from litigation because it's a public institutio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2008

    Come On, People -- Keep Houston Rich

    As we know, Austin must be kept weird, San Antonio must be kept lame, and Dallas must be kept pretentious. Now, web designer Vernon Caldera is trying to make “Keep Houston Rich” happen. Caldera (disclosure: a friend of Hair Balls) got the idea for his campaign when a friend came over in a “Kee ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 7, 2008

    “GENOME: The Secret of How Life Works”

    What do you get when you cross a human, a fly and a banana? Matching genes

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2007

    Jay Francis, Food Explorer: Ethiopian Chili Tacos at Nazareth Cafe on Chimney Rock

    Jay Francis prepares to wolf an Ethiopian chili taco. Misir wot is an extremely spicy dish that food explorer Jay Francis calls “Ethiopian chili.” It’s a vegetarian stew of split lentils simmered in red chile sauce with ginger and garlic. I watched Francis spread a huge serving of the stuff o ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 4, 2007

    The Future of Food

    If you are what you eat, then you might be a genetic freak

  • Calendar

    August 23, 2007

    Paco Ahlgren

    Debut novelist reads from Discipline

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2007

    It's Getting Hot in Heere

    There's a protest going on right now outside the downtown Dynegy building. I just happened by on my bike and got some photos, which scored me a lot of "What, are you some kind of narc?" looks from the crowd and which I'll post in a little bit. The group was there to voice its concerns about a poten ... More >>

  • Music

    September 21, 2006

    We Are Scientists

    We Are Scientists appear Sunday, September 24, at Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, 713-225-5483.

  • Calendar

    July 6, 2006
  • Music

    June 8, 2006

    We Are Scientists

    Thursday, June 8, at Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, 713-225-LIVE

  • Calendar

    April 6, 2006
  • News

    March 9, 2006

    Bring It On

    Why Houston should want a nuclear power plant

  • News

    November 18, 2004

    Bones of Contention

    Scientists fear that Lucy might be a crack exhibit for Houston

  • Culture

    July 8, 2004

    Exploding the Canon

    "Inverted Utopias" helps rewrite the story of modernism

  • Calendar

    October 10, 2002

    Space Center & Me

    Or, how I learned to stop caring and accept the dumb

  • Culture

    March 15, 2001

    All Systems Go

    Despite its flaws, Unhinged's ambitious Code adds up

  • News

    December 14, 2000

    In God's Country

    William Dembski thought Baylor University would be the perfect place to investigate a scientific alternative to Darwinism. Little did he realize he would be crucified for his cause.

  • Dining

    August 17, 2000

    The ABCs of DNA

    Robert Del Grande

  • Music

    June 29, 2000

    Later, Floyd

    Laser rock shows at the Museum of Natural Science go the way of the dinosaurs

  • Film

    May 18, 2000

    T-Rex in Mouse Ears

    The Mesozoic Era undergoes the Disney treatment in Dinosaur

  • News

    April 20, 2000

    Cloning for Cash

    A&M's pet project spawns a company to mix DNA with possible IPOs

  • News

    January 20, 2000

    The Man Who Knew Too Soon?

    Eight years ago Tom Curtis reported that AIDS could have been spread by an experimental polio vaccine grown on monkey kidneys. Scientists sniffed. Journalists scoffed. The story died. Now, a new book says the theory wasn't so stupid after all.

  • Calendar

    December 10, 1998

    Night & Day

    December 10 - 16, 1998

  • Film

    July 2, 1998

    All Climax

    Feeling is forgotten in hard-sell Armageddon

  • Calendar

    January 5, 1995
  • Culture

    November 24, 1994

    Living by the Numbers

    Breaking the Code delves into the mathematics of the human heart

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