Archive for August, 2011

Launch Pad 2012 Guest Instructor will be Geoffrey Landis

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Geoffrey Landis, multiple Hugo and Nebula award winning author and NASA scientist, will be the Launch Pad Guest Instructor for 2012.  Dates are not yet determined, but likely the 2nd or 3rd week of July as usual.  Applications will open March 1 as usual as well. Personally, I’m thrilled.  Geoffrey Landis is the kind of […]

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Sunday Night Starlinks

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

Got some Launch Pad related news coming up this week, and I have some books to plug as well.  But tonight is for starlinks. Bad news for the James Webb Space Telescope.  It’s still not officially terminated, but revised budgets and dates are up.  Way up.  This does not bode well, I fear. Here’s another […]

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In the Spirit of Launch Pad…NASA and Tor team up!

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Here’s the press release from NASA: RELEASE : 11-273 NASA And Tor-Forge Books Partner In Themed Science Fiction Works   GREENBELT, Md. — In an effort to introduce, inform and inspire readers about NASA, the agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. has partnered with Tor-Forge Books to develop and publish a series of […]

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Monday Starlinks

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

I have multiple computers were I find and record links…and while I prefer to consolidate them once a week, I didn’t do that this past week.  Here are more for today, and hopefully more original thoughts coming up soon. Will the ipad revolutionize comic books, or destroy them?  Reading comics is one reason I’m considering […]

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Start of Semester Sunday Starlinks

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

School resumes this week, and I’ll be teaching graduate cosmology.  Should be fun again, and I’ll put some effort into keeping it fresh. Here’s one thing I might spend more time on: the latest evidence that the fine structure constant may have changed over cosmological time.  The measurement is not quite significant, but it isn’t […]

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My Talk about Science in the Movies (Video)

Friday, August 19th, 2011

This is a video from an event in Jackson back in June where I spoke about science and scientists in the movies, primarily science fiction but a bit more than that, too. The talk plus questions is just under an hour. A lot of stuff in here that I’m all about, so if you do […]

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Neil deGrasse Tyson on James Webb Space Telescope and on the End of our Dreams

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

He speaks for himself, and so many of us, so well:   Share/Bookmark

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On Vacation, if you didn’t notice…

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

I decided not to attempt regular blogging on the current vacation, and to try to relax more and worry less about various obligations, at least this week.  Back to the rat race in a few days, including blogging.  I hope everyone is having a nice time here at the end of summer.  I start teaching […]

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How to Become a Scientist

Friday, August 5th, 2011

One of my more popular posts is Five Qualities Required to be a Scientist.  In response, I get a lot of comments and email from kids / teenagers who want advice about how to become a scientist. Now, as a practical matter, being a scientist is like being a writer.  No one makes you into […]

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If it bleeds, we can kill it!

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Got posts to do, focusing on getting a paper finished while my collaborator from China is visiting. In the meantime, enjoy this!  I do…   Share/Bookmark

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