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Answering Objections to the Big Bang

Every so often you will come across somebody who has a “killer” list of “problems” with the Big Bang. While there remain unknowns and questions about the Big Bang— just as there do with biological evolution— the basic picture of the Big Bang is rock solid— just like evolution. Nearly two months ago, I received…

The Gruber Prize Ceremony

Hello from England! Last night was the award ceremony for the 2007 Gruber Prizer in Cosmology. It was good to meet up with the members of the SCP again, many of whom I haven’t seen in several years. Picture below is the members of the collaboration who were present, underneath one of the many trees…

Offline for a few more days

I”m sorry the blog’s been so quiet recently. With my new job, and my trip out to SF getting started at Linden these last two weeks, I’ve been quite busy! Things won’t settle down until next week, as I’m off to the UK for the next for days for the Gruber Prize award ceremony. I’ll…

I haven’t read the study— it would take some digging to find, after all!— only the CNN Article, but the title sums up half of the results: “Men want hot women, study confirms.” In a nutshell, the study found that in a speed-dating test, men, despite what they said they were looking for, almost always…

Book review : Storm World by Chris Mooney

Read this book. First and formost for a book review: Storm World is a good read. You will not find yourself bogged down or forcing yourself to push through a book that’s “good for you.” You will keep reading because you will want to know more. As for the book itself: Mooney clearly has a…

DRM: The sky does fall

DRM stands for “digital restrictions management”. (Those who are in the business of peddling it as something positive will tell you it’s “digital rights management,” but the former is really a better descriptive name.) It is software that prevents you from using some other software or digital files on your computer unless you meet certain…

LOLSciblings

Well, not all of these pictures of the sciblings are in the “LOLCats” style, but they do have captions….

Dr. Steve Steve and the Paparazzi

Poor Dr. Steve Steve. Such is his international celebrity that he cannot show his furry little face in New York without being hounded by the (new) media! He tries to hide in Tara Smith‘s bag, but it’s to no avail…. …as sciblings and paparazzi MIke Dunford, PZ Myers, Josh Rosenau, and Evilmonkey managed to catch…

Why most of Astronomy isn’t Cosmology

This is mostly just an MLP (“Mindless Link Post”), and it’s nearly two weeks late, but there’s a post by Julianne over at Cosmic Variance that I think is of crucial importance. People who are outside the field of science very often lose sight of the huge amount of important science that is done, but…

Overstimulation

This post has been resurrected from my old blog’s location. I’ve copied the 2006-03-19 post as-is, and I’ve added a few addenda at the bottom. I overstimulate fairly easily. This is a serious social disadvantage. I don?t know how much there is really to this, but I?m attracted to the notion of the Highly Senstiive…