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With yesterday’s announcement of the historic nuclear arms treaty signed by Russia and the United States (that would reduce existing stockpiles by as much as 30%) I thought I would repost my piece on Edward Teller’s nuclear legacy from September, 2003 that was originally commissioned by The Nation magazine (though ultimately went unpublished). Also see…

Scientia Pro Publica is EPIC

The twice monthly premiere science blog carnival has just been posted at Mauka to Makai. Many of your favorite science bloggers have been included (as well as yours truly). Make sure to stop in and prepare to be amazed.

In 1996 Cornell astrophysicist and science popularizer Carl Sagan posed the question, “What are conservatives conserving?” It was not something he asked lightly. The question appeared in his final book following a prolonged battle with bone marrow disease. Faced with his own mortality, he wanted to understand the individuals whose actions, whether consciously or not,…

Today in History

On June 30, 1905 Albert Einstein published his paper on Special Relativity with the paper “On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies” in the journal Annalen der Physik (original German version in pdf here). This was Einstein’s third of what have become known as the Annus Mirabilis papers (Latin for “extraordinary year”) and revolutionized the field…