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“As always on this boulevard, the faces were young, coming annually in an endless migration from every country, every continent, to alight here once in the long journey of their lives.” -Brian Moore Even the Universe experiences a “great migration” every now and again, where giant, massive globules of interstellar gas are blown thousands of…

“If people decide they’re going to deny the facts of history and the facts of science and technology, there’s not much you can do with them. For most of them, I just feel sorry that we failed in their education.” -Harrison Schmitt Last year, I asked a simple question with no easy answer: Whom Do…

Giving Thanks, and Giving Back

“Time and money spent in helping men to do more for themselves is far better than mere giving.” -Henry Ford Here in the United States, it’s American Thanksgiving, our annual harvest festival. Traditionally, it’s the one day out of the year where we spend it with the people most important to us, and give genuine…

A New Challenge, A New Job, and A New Chance

“If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance.” -Abraham Lincoln It was nearly four years ago that I started blogging back at my old site, branching out from the hardcore research of physical cosmology and the teaching of physics and astronomy, and into…

Weekend Diversion: Fighting on the Internet

“When you roll around in the mud with a pig, you both get dirty, and the pig enjoys it.” -Old Folk Wisdom One of the things I’ve learned over the time I’ve been blogging is that, no matter what position you take on any issue, whether it’s science, politics, religion, morality, or anything else, is…

A Labor Day Big Announcement

“But I’m also talking about American businessmen doing what they were born to do. Make things. We’ve stopped making and become a country of consumers. Well, I, for one, am done consuming. And I’m ready to make.” -Jack Donaghy, 30 Rock I don’t normally write about what’s going on in my personal life, but this…

Monday Funday WE WON Day!

“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” -Sylvia Plath A few weeks ago, I told you about a science writing contest going on over at 3 Quarks Daily, open to all…

Monday Madness: WE WON!

“Victory is sweetest when you’ve known defeat.” -Malcolm Forbes It is official; you voted and the world has listened. I am proud to welcome you to the best physics blog in the world! We not only won physics.org‘s best blog, we were also the people’s choice award winner! Thanks to the judges, thanks to all…

Weekend Diversion: VOTE FOR ME!

“In science, ‘fact’ can only mean ‘confirmed to such a degree that it would be perverse to withhold provisional assent.’ I suppose that apples might start to rise tomorrow, but the possibility does not merit equal time in physics classrooms.” -Stephen Jay Gould It’s been almost three years since I started science writing, and almost…

My Brush With Fame?

Those of you who’ve been reading Starts With A Bang since this last summer may have seen this article I wrote — The Math of the Fastest Human Alive — about Usain Bolt’s world record in the 100 meter dash. Little did I know what type of interest this would generate. A few weeks after…