(There were so many incredible pictures to chose from for this one. But I’m going with Einstein because: Hello, most beloved scientist of all time! Congrats on being right about everything!!!) I’m up in Springfield, Massachusetts working on a long-form piece about inner-city preschools, when a friend starts texting me a bunch of stuff on gravitational waves. I’m a bit … Continue reading Found: G-waves; hope for humanity
This from The Rubaiyat Omar Khayyam (verses LXXI – LXXIII): The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ, Moves on: nor all your Piety nor Wit Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line, Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it. And that inverted Bowl they call the Sky, Whereunder crawling coop’d we … Continue reading A scientist-poet. From 12th century Persia. On Writing.
I am, as I said, buried in second-draft deadlines (which is actually as exciting as it is stressful). I do my best writing in the middle of the night, when it’s dark and dead quiet. The only downside is that when I hit a wall, there’s not much I can do to refocus without waking … Continue reading Walt Whitman. Because let’s make it a poetry week.
Phil Plait (one of my favorite science bloggers) pointed out that yesterday marked the 25th Anniversary of this famous photograph. It’s a picture of Earth, taken by the Voyager 1 Spacecraft, from more than six billion kilometers away. It is the image that inspired this bit of brilliance from Carl Sagan: From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not … Continue reading 25 Years Later: You are still here, “on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam”
So I think we’re still quite a long ways off from sending humans to Mars. But apparently we’re not so far off that some people haven’t begun seriously thinking about it. Back in 2012, when Mars One, a non-profit dedicated to making interplanetary travel a reality, announced that it was accepting applicants for the first manned flight to Mars (room … Continue reading Meet the people who’ve volunteered to die on Mars…
Just a mind-blowing, awe-inspiring reminder of how big the universe is, and how small and insignificant we are by comparison. You have to watch it to the very end to fully appreciate. FYI – this is the largest picture ever taken of our nearest galactic neighbor, the Andromeda Galaxy. It is a journey of about … Continue reading 40,000 light years in less than four minutes…
I’m not normally a fan of press releases, but damn, these high-def Hubble images are pretty! Makes it a lot harder to hate on NASA. For me, anyway. (Full press release, here) Although NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has taken many breathtaking images of the universe, one snapshot stands out from the rest: the iconic view … Continue reading Happy Birthday Hubble!