Perhaps the oldest question we've ever asked as human beings is where did we come from? We've spent nearly our entire history as a species slowly piecing together an answer to that question. Although we don't have all the answers yet, we're closer than ever to being able to trace our roots back to the beginning of time and understand our place in the universe. The only problem is that as our understanding of the world around us has grown, so has the amount there is to know. The sheer volume of information available to us can be an overwhelming barrier to trying to understand our place. Where to start?

Even if the task of piecing together our history is intimidating, it is a very worthwhile goal. After all, you and I have access to more knowledge than literally any other human being who has ever lived. It would be a shame not to take advantage of it.

Here at Straight Up Science, we have taken on the challenge of piecing together the need to know science behind our existence. We will tap into all fields of science including physics, chemistry, biology, paleontology, and anthropology just to name a few in order to construct a coherent story that traces our roots as human beings back through the tree of life and the formation of the solar system all the way to the beginning of the universe. We will also cover some interesting side topics in between.

We have divided the site into 4 sections:

  • SCIENCE CRASH COURSE: We recommend starting in this section if you're new to the site. Here you'll get a straightforward explanation of the physics behind the atom that will come in handy for the rest of the articles. This is also a useful section to refer back to if you need a refresher while reading articles on other parts of the site or listening to the podcasts.
  • BIG HISTORY: This is where you'll find a continuous story from the beginning of the universe, through the formation of stars and planets, to the appearance and evolution of life on Earth, and concluding with the appearance of human beings and their dispersal throughout the world. After reading this section, you will be able to trace yourself back from the chair you're sitting on now to the beginning of the universe.
  • PODCAST: Why not learn about the universe and your place within it on the way to work/school? Here you'll find downloadable podcasts on many interesting topics spanning all fields of science. You can also find these podcasts on iTunes under the title "Straight Up Science".
  • The ABOUT page contains information about the site including our story and contact information. We are always looking for feedback on how to improve the content on this site so let us know what you think!