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Go to Cosmic Variance at once to read Julianne Dalcanton’s musings on why spherical jerks (not the word she uses) are preferable to the asymmetric ones: No one is surprised when a known, calibrated asshole acts up. We all just adjust the gain on our emotional response and carry on. I’ve been quite fond of…

… despite the fact that I’m deeply suspicious of claims that getting the most votes is truly indicative of being the best. Anyhow, the category in which your vote might make a real difference (here at the last minute) is Best Science Blog: I’m a big fan of In the Pipeline, Bootstrap Analysis and Invasive…

Fifty years after Sputnik.

Fifty years ago today, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik I, Earth’s first artificial satellite. I don’t remember it (because I wouldn’t be born for another decade), but the “BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP” heard ’round the world left indelible traces on the fabric of life for my parents’ generation, my generation, and for the subsequent generations,…

Three cheers for Dr. May!

A reader made sure I saw this today. (Thank you, reader!) From Brian May’s website: Yes. It’s done, and after about 37 years, I am finally a doctor. The oral examination of my thesis, and of me, lasted about 3 hours, and then I retired with Prof Rowan-Robinson, for a few moments, for my two…

Today the BBC reports that Queen guitarist Brian May has submitted his doctoral dissertation in astronomy (titled “Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud”) at Imperial College, London.

Congratulations to Rob Knop for sharing in this year’s Gruber Prize in Cosmology!

The ScienceBlogs servers are undergoing some serious spa treatments this evening (Saturday, June 2nd, starting at 9PM EDT) to rejuvenate them and help them achieve inner peace. Or something. Their massage and facial package (or whatever) is projected to last about three hours, during which time the system won’t be able to accept new comments.…

This is cool, but is it safe?

Robert Krulwich made my ride home today way more interesting than it had a right to be.