New Planet Found…

in the habitable zone of Proxima Centauri. The reason that’s a big deal is that a planet needs to be in the sweet spot, temperature-wise, for there to be liquid water on its surface.  And liquid water is kind of important for life. I assume the next thing they will do is see if Hubble [Read More…]

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You can make Giordano Bruno a free speech hero…

…if you like.  Certainly, burning people alive for dumb opinions is bad. But for the love of Pete, don’t hail him as some kind of scientist silenced for speaking the truth.  He was a quack. [Read more…]

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Well there goes my day…

If you can’t even trust your proton’s charge radius, then what is the point? [Read more…]

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Curiosity and I have the same birthday

Here is the most adorable and depressing thing you will hear today: [Read more…]

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The History of Cosmology

HT: Mike Flynn, whose Great Ptolemaic Smackdown series on how we got from geocentrism to heliocentrism is one of the most fun science series you will ever read. I’m currently in the middle of Up Jim River, the second of Flynn’s Spiral Arm novels (the first being The January Dancer).  Great, great writing. [Read more…]

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In case you are wondering, the answer is “In a sense”

Not by leaving us an “ancient technique” but by giving us a) the entire universe and b) brains with which to understand it so that we could c) create medical science. But that’s not what people who click on such ads are hoping for. [Read more…]

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Mars Opposition, Blue Moon Happening This Weekend

Go ahead.  Ask me how often that happens… [Read more…]

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Why are Red Barns Red?

Because of the physics of dying stars. Of course you could say that about every heavy element.  Why is gold rare?  Because of the physics of dying stars.  Why is water plentiful?  Same deal.  Why are you made out of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen?  You called it. [Read more…]

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How to Go to Space

XKCD continues to be a gift to all mankind: [Read more…]

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SCIENCE[TM]! says “Religious kids are meaner than secular kids”

…and if you have any common sense, you ask, “Really? Seriously? I’m supposed to just buy that because and Authority Figure in a Lab Coat said so?” If, however, you are part of the web.atheist community that worships rather than uses the intellect, you slap together this video and proclaim it all as Indisputable Scientific [Read More…]

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