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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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Monday Starlinks

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Took time off Sunday to watch the Superbowl. Living near Denver, I support the Broncos. They needed a lot more than my support. Let’s start with the highlight for me, a preview for COSMOS: And…a 1976 letter from Neil deGrasse Tyson to Carl Sagan. Overblown statements in press releases undermine science. Yeah, I understand the […]

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Sunday Starlinks

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

I’m teaching a new class this semester (Physics 1 for Engineers) and it has been taking a lot of time to get up to speed here, keeping me from doing much more than the weekly link post. Hope that will change soon. I have various bits of news (e.g., new funding for Launch Pad and […]

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Sunday Starlinks

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

Busy week with classes resuming and a small chest cold. Still, some cool stuff happening at various places online: Standard cosmic rulers calibrated to 1%. No, it’s cooler than it sounds (I have a friend intimately involved), although no cosmic nuns. The Millennium Simulation Project and the Virgo Cluster. If you want to simulate an […]

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Sunday Starlinks

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

I’m going to try to keep this brief, since it’s a school night and I have a few things left to prepare before the first day of classes tomorrow. Over at Amazing Stories, I explain that I Love Science Fiction, But I Don’t Love THAT. Apparently it was the most popular article this week even […]

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Sunday Starlinks

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

Let’s start with lists of some of the best and worst science of 2013: Biggest scientific breakthroughs of 2013.  The astronomy-related ones were decent. Top junk science of 2013.  Agree with many of these.  I’m a fan of cryptozoology, but come on with the unprofessional bigfoot DNA shenanigans and the mermaid “documentaries.” The headline of […]

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End of Year Starlinks

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Yesterday, I drove 1000 miles back home from visiting family in St. Louis, so a delay in the starlinks for the week. Woman stabbed father in a fight over constellations. We have the internet and phone apps — no reason for this any more! Americans less likely to trust scientists, science journalists. They have some […]

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Starlinks

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Trying to destress and relax over the holidays here. Not usually the easiest season for me. You’re going to flip for the sun…or maybe it will flip for you. This happens pretty regularly, but the details are poorly understood. Work for solar astronomers! THERE ARE FOUR LIGHTS! I mean, THERE ARE FOUR ARMS! The risks […]

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Monday Starlinks

Monday, December 16th, 2013

First, a “nearby habitable planet” infographic. But what’s habitable is somewhat of a moving target. And check out the story about the water geyser erupting from Europa — if only for the ludicrous second picture where a low-res and high-res image have been put together. Is the universe a hologram? Or could it collapse today? […]

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