Atheists who love Science!


Atheists who love Science!

A group for science enthusiasts of all types -- professionals, amateurs, students, anybody who loves science.

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Whether you're a professional, a student, an amateur, an enthusiast, whatever! Lots of atheists love science. Might as well have a group for it!

Feel free to nerd out, link articles, talk about your favorite field of research, whatever!

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Discussion Forum

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Corrupt Science

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Michelle Thaller on Science Denial

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Data Analytics and the Disintegration of Public Knowledge

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Peas learn by association

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Sean Murphy Jan 18. 1 Reply

Hyperkeystone Species

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Sean Murphy Jan 18. 2 Replies


Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Oct 10, 2016. 1 Reply

Planetary Context of the Anthropocene

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Chris Oct 2, 2016. 1 Reply

3-D Printed Bone Repair

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 28, 2016. 0 Replies

Cold Vaccine Progress

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 28, 2016. 0 Replies

Publish-Or-Perish Guarantees Flawed Research

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Sep 22, 2016. 1 Reply

Earth like planet may be only 4.25 light-years away.

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 26, 2016. 8 Replies

Acoustic Prism

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Comment by Steph S. on December 12, 2011 at 12:04am
Thanks Ruth!
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 11, 2011 at 11:29pm

Here's a more complete explanation of why water expands when it freezes. Wikipedia link

Comment by Chris on December 11, 2011 at 10:51pm

Ice has less mass than water that's why it floats. Ice at the bottom of a glacier compresses from the ice above so has more mass that ice you would get out of your freezer. Think of a concrete hulled ship. Concrete has more mass than water, but because of the shape the mass per volume is less than water allowing it to float. 

Mass is weight-volume-density. Sorry, I haven't found a good web site to explain it yet.

I never though of it before, but rubber must expand as water does when it gets colder giving it less mass. As rubber gets hot - to the melting point is gets less porous.

Comment by Lary9 on December 11, 2011 at 9:17am

That has always fascinated me...the anomalous reaction of water and rubber. They both behave contrary to the laws of physical science and expand when cooled below 0 centigrade degrees. Does anyone know why? Is it something about the nature of crystals? Then why rubber? BTW. This exception is one reason why I became "hooked" on science at a young age...that and Euler's Constant for the sq root of negative numbers. I love counterintuitive stuff.

Comment by AtheistTech on December 11, 2011 at 3:43am

I found Miles Power by accident. He is on YouTube doing experiments. He is serious about science, but has a lot of fun with science. Check out this typical video:

Comment by AtheistTech on December 11, 2011 at 1:36am

One cup of water that freezes to ice has the same mass that it had when it was liquid. You can say the one cup water is more dense than the resulting ice because when the water freezes, its atoms are spread out in an orderly crystal formation which make it less dense than the water. That's why ice floats in water. In the special case of a glacier, the lower layers are less dense the higher you go. The ice at the top of a glacier is more or less the same as the ice in your glass of water. But the combination of being very heavy and solid and mobile, the glacier can erode the land much faster than wind and rain. 

Comment by Chris on December 10, 2011 at 9:57pm

Ice and Water don't have the same mass. Glacial ice is more dense (has more mass) that ice out of your freezer.

The great Lakes in the U.S. is a result of compression of the ground from the ice age and is worth reading and learning about.

A quick reference to is interesting.

The ocean conveyor and atmospheric currents are interesting to learn about too.

Comment by tom sarbeck on December 9, 2011 at 1:09am

I read recently, don't recall where, that GPS data is showing that land in northern latitudes is still rising slowly because it's no longer carrying the weight of the ice of the last ice age.

I saw no mention of earthquakes in the article.

In Iceland, the split between the European and Canadian plates is growing. Is it about an inch a year? Volcanic activity interrupted air travel in Europe.

Comment by Tommy on December 8, 2011 at 8:47pm

The way I understand it earthquakes maybe the lesser of our problems.  I am thinking that the change in ocean temperatures and the eventual release of methane gas will be the real kicker. Also am I wrong in thinking this or won't the cooling of the ocean eventually shut down the gulf stream starting a new ice age putting Europe under about a mile of ice. Not positive about this, but seems like I remember reading this somewhere. 

Comment by Chris on December 8, 2011 at 7:14pm

Question: If the polar ice melts will that generate changes in tectonic plates, increasing earthquakes and volcanic eruptions?

I'd say the answer it "Yes."


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