August 26th, 2012
Rest in peace, Neil Armstrong. I wish we were in position to bury him on the moon.
Budget woes at the National Science Foundation leading to likely major telescope closures in the U.S. This could mean essentially the end for many of the telescopes at Kitt Peak, the Green Bank radio telescope, and the VLBA (not the VLA).
The science of fracking. Not intrinsically problematic as some claim, but clearly some general issues of regulation and oversight need to be addressed.
Ten Myths about Space Travel that make Science Fiction Better. Some do, maybe, but I still prefer the reality because some mistakes drive me nuts and I can’t enjoy the story.
To detect a starship. I think this would be ridiculously hard.
The dark side of light: negative frequencies. Weird physics.
Stories like this depress me, but we need to talk about them and stand up for people’s artistic expression, especially when it’s weird, nerdy stuff: San Francisco policeman fights for his right to photograph naked women posing as vampires, nymphs, and mermaids.
Why Science Can’t Replace Religion. A not very good article, in my opinion, but worth considering. There’s some sleight of hand concerning spirituality and religion that isn’t fair, I think…and I don’t know any scientists who actually think that the job of science is to replace religion.
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