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Sunday Starlinks

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

First, let me congratulate the 2014 Hugo Award winners, a list which includes several Launch Pad alumni like Ellen Datlow, Anne Leckie, John Joseph Adams, and Mary Robinette Kowal. Perhaps someday all the winners will be Launch Pad alumni… Someone else has noticed the problems with the asteroid field in The Empire Strikes Back. What […]

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Sunday Starlinks

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

First, let me start with former Wyoming student Shannon Hall’s efforts to bring everyone the true story of searching for alien worlds like our own: Debunking Earth 2.0. Please consider helping out her efforts. A really nice, only semi-technical, summary of the overwhelming evidence for the Big Bang Theory. I may use this link next […]

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Sunday Starlinks

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

Going to see Guardians of the Galaxy shortly (hope this doesn’t happen!), but time enough to post some links. NASA “confirming” the space drive thing is all over the internet this past week. I remain skeptical. Here’s some reasons why. And be skeptical of observational studies in general. Especially the sensational ones. 24 Frames: Great […]

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Launch Pad Sunday Starlinks

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Short list for today — got a lot to do with the workshop commencing! Let’s get started… First, a taste of science in my subfield: NASA’s WISE findings poke hole in black hole doughnut theory. As with most contradictory ideas, false dichotomy is false and we probably just need a more nuanced understanding. Common science […]

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Sunday Starlinks

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

Ukrainian astronomers named a star, roughly translated, “Putin is a dickhead.” New class of stars are entirely metal? Note that “metal” means not hydrogen of helium to an astronomer. Note also that this is an expectation from theory, and not actually a known empirical reality. A previously announced exoplanet in its system’s “Goldilocks zone” debunked. […]

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Sunday Starlinks

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

Astrology is bad for you, mmm’kay? Do we have the speed of light wrong? I doubt it, and I’m very skeptical of the argument put forward in the link. Basically we expect neutrinos to get out of exploding supernovas faster than the light. Neutrinos fly through matter. Light is scattered. It takes time for the […]

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Sunday Starlinks

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Make science, not war! How will we decide which planets to terraform? Kirk Cameron continues to let his religion improperly lead his reason. Click through if you want to see his less than scientific thoughts on our sun. Coffee machines in spaaaaace! Scientists totally confirm Ouija Board’s spooky powers! Not exactly…but interesting. Stephen Hawking wary […]

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Sunday Starlinks

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

Been keeping busy here. Distracted by some things good and bad. Still, I want to maintain blogging and keeping track of links of interest to me and hopefully some others. The difference between normal people and scientists in an xkcd comic. The comic gets this one right. Chess, the once and future menace to society. […]

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Sunday Starlinks

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

I’ve been busy and stressed with a telescope proposal deadline, a week of observing up at WIRO, generally keeping up with the new course I’m teaching, and another half dozen smaller things, so blogging has taken a back seat. Let me jump in the back seat to catch up on some things I’ve been watching […]

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Sunday Starlinks

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

Missed last week — busy for good and bad reasons, both.  Nothing serious, just busy. Can quasars prove free will? I’m not sure, but read the article for yourself. Mars in true color. Detecting planetary atmospheres, including water. Ten ways Star Trek isn’t Star Trek anymore. I have to say just the style and philosophy […]

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Late Monday Starlinks

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Over at Amazing Stories I explain, contrary to poll results, that astrology is not scientific. Someone doesn’t agree with me. A possible dark matter detection signal. After looking more closely…wake me in another decade. Still, a nice example of real science and the real difficulties. Professors, we need you! I’m doing my part, but there […]

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Sunday Starlinks

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

First, I wanted to let everyone know that Launch Pad is now accepting applications for the 2014 July 13-20th workshop until March 15. Please be encouraged to pass on the word to writers and other creators/editors who might want a crash course in modern astronomy with an emphasis on communicating scientific concepts. Launch Pad alumnus […]

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