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Tuesday, January 05, 2016
Each day when you wake up, the world is, for the most part, unchanged from the day before.
The sun rises again in the east. Your underwear falls if you drop it. The water in the sink spirals down the drain like always. Just as important, your mattress won't turn ...
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
So, just cause it's the sweet space between Christmas and New Year's doesn't mean you can't still learn new, cool things — like physics.
Today's coolness is the Magnus effect, which is all about how spinning, flying things get driven sideways.
You've seen this in the way spin on ...
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
It's the solstice again, which is an astronomer's favorite time of year. That's because it's one of the few occasions where we have anything semi-practical to say to anyone.
"Hey, Adam, you're an astronomer. What's this whole solstice thing about?"
Well, I'm glad you asked.
Let's start with why we ...
Monday, December 21, 2015
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
As we all await the premiere of the new Star Wars movie, I'd like to indulge in a wee bit of heresy. Maybe — just maybe — something far, far better than The Force Awakens is making its appearance Tuesday night.
Now, just hear me out as you prepare ...
Tuesday, December 08, 2015
The Paris climate meeting is now heading into its home stretch, as world leaders debate what to make of a human future on a changing planet.
As an astronomer, however, I'm used to taking the long view on things. From that perspective, a startlingly different understanding of climate change appears ...
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
This year at Thanksgiving tables across America, folks will sit down with family and ask themselves the time-honored question: "What am I thankful for this year?"
It's a moment that makes Thanksgiving one of the best ideas we ever came up with. But this year, I thinking of tipping that ...
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
I'm good at abstracting things. It's part of my job description as a theoretical astrophysicist.
This weekend, however, I spent much of my time restraining that impulse. I didn't want to hide in the comfort of a million-year perspective or the view from 30,000 light-years. It felt important to keep ...
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
When physicist Erwin Schrodinger considered the question "What Is Life?" his answer was the creation order amidst a cosmic sea of chaos.
In other words, life is a local triumph over entropy. But to hear that idea is one thing; seeing its reality is quite another.
In this video ...
Tuesday, November 03, 2015
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Have you heard the big news? If not, you haven't been paying attention to your Facebook feed.
For the past week or two, the Internet has been lighting up about alien megastructures that might, or might not, be orbiting a star called KIC 8462852.
So what should we make of ...
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
The nation's vast transportation network is a modern-day wonder built from highways and streets, off-ramps and interchanges, cars, trucks and buses. And the fossil fuel that powers it all represents another modern wonder — a complex network of linked drilling platforms, refineries, pipelines, rail lines and trucking operations.
The scale ...
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
The enormous success of the film The Martian has a lot of people talking about life in space.
What is it really like spending months in small enclosure with a bunch of other astronauts while surrounded by death via a hard vacuum? People being people, it turns out that after ...
Tuesday, October 06, 2015
It's time to change the way we talk about climate change.
Political leaders have acknowledged human-driven (or "anthropogenic") global warming since 1964 (when President Lyndon Johnson mentioned it in a speech to Congress). Since then, however, we've done almost nothing to address its dangers. As everyone knows, the problem is ...
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Monday's extraordinary news that running water exists on Mars is enough to get any wanna-be space explorer's blood pumping.
Oh, to be sailing the high frontier, braving the unknown with nothing but your trusty "bot" by your side. Going where no one has gone before etc., etc.
But when it ...
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
It was just about a year ago that Pope Francis made headlines by disparaging the view that God is a magician waving a magic wand.
For many, the pope's remarks pointed to a far more subtle perspective on God, science and universe than we, in the U.S., are used to ...
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
How do our expectations, fears and anxiety about death affect our attitudes about the existence of a deity? Is the hope of immortality the principle reason people believe in God? Is the rejection of an afterlife the principle reason for rejecting the idea of a deity?
These questions came to ...