July 14th, 2013
Launch Pad attendees arrive today, and the chaos returns! It’ll be fun, but tiring, too. Also had a PhD student defend on Friday, a grant report due, a phase II program due for the Gemini-South telescope, and a few other things…
Anybody but Hubble! A history of Hubble’s Law…or whoever’s it should be. Some funny figures in this.
Could Superman punch someone into space? Love this type of thing.
Scroll down to the bottom of this article to see ten ways space can kill you. Stay and read the entire article, of course.
8 Guns for Hunting Knowledge. Even gun haters will love these.
The inside scoop on NSF Review Panels. I’ve served on a number of these and mostly agree with the article.
The 7 Ages of the Academic Scientist. I’m getting so old!
New DARPA robot. I love living in the future.
Joss Whedon on how to be prolific. He doesn’t blog, does he?
I suggest ten reasons not to jump on the Boycott Ender’s Game bandwagon. Really, I am getting concerned about this tendency to react to different opinions and realities with overarching boycotts, sometimes against the right targets, but increasingly over any little thing and against anyone who doesn’t hate that same little thing just as much. Why be intolerant to allies who don’t perfectly agree with the most zealous opinion about what action to take (bullying and shaming rather than discussing)? It’s okay for similarly minded people to agree about a problem and disagree about the best solution — isn’t it? Anyway, Lionsgate is doing a LGBT charity event and will probably be criticized for it as much as they would be for not doing it.
100 great short science fiction stories by women. Some valid criticisms of the list, but some good stories there for sure.
Star Trek fan episode with connections to the original series. Part of me wants to redo the entire original series, fixing or omitting the stupid stuff, and updating the CGI…but then I remember George Lucas and let go of the fantasy. And an article about how the optimistic Star Trek future is actually likely.
A distant planet is blue. So are some in our solar system, for different reasons.
Superconductor riding a magnetic Mobius strip:
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