“Are the first stars in the universe invisible?”

The star Proxima Centauri

   A fascinating excursion into the earliest history of the Universe.  And a hint of a major discovery just around the bend: https://medium.com/starts-with-a-bang/are-the-first-stars-in-the-universe-invisible-4fe168d44d56  Posted from Langley, British Columbia    … [Read more...]

“13 little-known facts about Joseph Smith”

Approaching the Sacred Grove

  http://www.deseretnews.com/top/3088/0/13-little-known-facts-about-Joseph-Smith.html   Posted from Langley, British Columbia    … [Read more...]

For aspiring writers

Dottie Parker

  “If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style. The first greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they’re happy.”  Dorothy Parker (1893-1967)  Posted from Langley, British Columbia (but, critics and enemies, my home isn't unoccupied)  … [Read more...]

Zaytuna College

Zaytuna in Tunisia

  Thanks to John Hancock for calling my attention to the first accredited Muslim college in the United States: http://goodgazette.blogspot.com/2015/03/zaytuna-college.html It's located in Berkeley, California. I welcome this newly accredited school -- I see it as an important addition to the richness and diversity of American higher education (note my somewhat related post from earlier today), and think that American Islam will profit … [Read more...]

Is your cell phone killing you? The “New York Times” speaks out!

Cemetery in California

  http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/collideascape/2015/03/18/a-badly-flawed-nyt-story-trumpets-cell-phone-health-dangers/#.VQsKkEuEcdu   … [Read more...]

Should ex-Mormon BYU students be treated the same as non-Mormon students?

Gonzaga Panorama

  A small group of (I believe) formerly active members of the Church are complaining that, while BYU welcomes non-LDS students, merely charging them a slightly higher rate of tuition (functionally equivalent to out-of-state tuition at a public college or university), students who leave the Church aren't permitted to continue at BYU: http://www.sltrib.com/news/2288397-155/byu-graduates-complain-to-accrediting-board?fullpage=1 They've now formally … [Read more...]

“Proof, evidence, and the need to decide”

Chemistry lab

  Another week, another Thursday column in the Deseret News: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865624494/Proof-evidence-and-the-need-to-decide.html   … [Read more...]

“When the Left is Losing Its ‘Sexual Diversity Studies’ Students, Perhaps It’s Getting Too Shrill”

McGill campus

  Perpetual indignation and rage does eventually grow tiresome -- for normal people, at least. http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/415594/when-left-losing-its-sexual-diversity-studies-students-perhaps-its-getting-too-shrill There may, thus, be some faint reason for hope.  Maybe the West isn't doomed?   … [Read more...]