I’ve never been particularly nostalgic, despite loving history (and science history in particular). But it’s fun sometimes to take a look back on more recent events — if by recent one means nearly 20 years ago — to remind ourselves of how quickly things change and perhaps provide a bit of perspective on the hectic [...]..
What’sa matter with the way I talk? I am a val, I know But I live like in a really good part of Encino so it’s okay. – “Valley Girl,” Frank Zappa (1982) Frank Zappa’s quirky Top 40 hit from 1982, “Valley Girl,” doesn’t get much radio airplay these days, even on the “nostalgia” stations, [...]..
This week kicked off with (another) Giant Leap For SpaceX: as Elon Musk’s company conquered Geostationary Orbit. Meanwhile, NASA funding shuffle alarms planetary scientists since it means that NASA Might Stop Exploring the Planets...
It’s that time of year again, when bibliophiles scour their groaning bookcases and pluck out the best reads of the year, just in time for the holiday shopping season.
As you read this, we will be winging our way back home to Los Angeles after a lovely stint across the pond. The Time Lord has much to be thankful for, since — defying our expectations and the bookie odds — his book about the hunt for the Higgs boson, The Particle at the End [...]..
Jen-Luc Piquant is currently shivering her pixelated heart out in Merry Olde England, where the Time Lord is among the finalists for the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books; the festivities take place this Monday...
This week, my guest on Virtually Speaking Science was TIME health reporter Maia Szalavitz, who specializes in addiction, among other topics.
This was the week we all turned our clocks back one hour, thereby disrupting our sleep/wake cycles. And here’s a post about how Ben Franklin, rudely awakened by dawn in Paris, dreamed up Daylight Savings Time...
Happy All Saint’s Day, one day late! There were lots of fun Halloween-related science links this week, including The Argument For and Against Kicking Werewolves in the Testicles; The Bernoulli Fallacy and other zombie myths of physics; The Harvard Doctor Who Accidentally Unleashed a Zombie Invasion...
Via This Colossal, Jen-Luc Piquant was thrilled to learn about a nifty new tool called the Pixelstick. The brainchild of Duncan Frazier and Steve McGuigan of Brookyln-based BitBanger Labs, the Pixelstick lets users create long-exposure light paintings — and yes, they have a Kickstarter campaign...
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