We Never Should Have Mothballed the Space Shuttle

The following article by Leroy Chiao, Ph.D is reproduced from the January 28th edition of Scientific American. Admin: Dr. Chiao is a former NASA astronaut and ISS Commander and serves as a Member of the NASA Advisory Council. He holds teaching appointments at Baylor College of Medicine: Center for Space Medicine and at Rice University, … More We Never Should Have Mothballed the Space Shuttle

On this Day 30 Years Ago, Voyager 2 Cruises By Uranus

At a stunning velocity of 57,890 km/h (35,970 m/h) this day 30 years ago, Voyager 2 cruised past the largest of what is known as the Ice Giants, Uranus! As a subset of the Jovian planets, a set that includes all the outer planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune), the Ice Giants consist of Uranus … More On this Day 30 Years Ago, Voyager 2 Cruises By Uranus

Redefining Harassment

Original article published in the The Pangrammaticon and reblogged with permission from the Author Redefining Harassment “Go ahead and call the cops. You don’t meet nice girls in coffee shops.” (Tom Waits) Those of us who have been urging caution in discussions of sexual harassment in astronomy (and science more generally) on Twitter are often … More Redefining Harassment

Nuclear Fusion and the Alarming Case of North Korea

“I have become death, the destroyer of worlds” From a passage in Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad Gita Those words were quoted by one of the 20th century’s most brilliant, most productive, most controversial physicists, the eminent J. Robert Oppenheimer in the television documentary The Decision to Drop the Bomb. Oppenheimer is one of a number of … More Nuclear Fusion and the Alarming Case of North Korea

Rubbish attack

Originally posted on Cornish Stargazer :
The stormy weather has hit one of my local beaches here in Cornwall and with it there has been a massive amount of pink bottles washed up on Poldhu cove.  27000 bottles of Vanish detergent were lost from a container ship west of Lands end and have spent months at…

January Skies Adorned with The Jewels of Winter

During these cold, clear winter nights in the Northern Hemisphere, the sky is adorned with a veritable treasure trove of jewels, ranging widely in brilliance, splendor and color. As seen from mid-northern latitudes, the winter sky has one of the highest densities of bright stars for any given region of the sky. Even a casual … More January Skies Adorned with The Jewels of Winter