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“An ancestor of mine maintained that when you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” -Mr. Spock, Star Trek Sometimes the truth is hard to handle on its own, so we resort to fiction to make it a little easier to swallow. Have a listen to Summer Fiction’s song, By The Sea,…

Weekend Diversion: Bubbles on Ice (Synopsis)

“The only frozen heart around here is yours.” –Anna, to Hans, from Frozen When something’s difficult, it’s easy to lose sight of what’s beautiful. Have a listen to Eilen Jewell‘s haunting and memorable song, Fourth Degree. Next, before you curse the bitter cold yet again, particularly those of you suffering from far below average temperatures, consider…

“I’ve done the calculation and your chances of winning the lottery are identical whether you play or not.” –Fran Lebowitz It’s a thought that’s occurred to almost everyone at some point or another: what each of us would do if we happened to hit the lottery Jackpot. Have a listen to Camper Van Beethoven sing about…

“When I look at the moon I do not see a hostile, empty world. I see the radiant body where man has taken his first steps into a frontier that will never end.” –David Scott, Commander, Apollo 15 The Moon is perhaps the oldest sight known to humans and our animal ancestors here on Earth, with its…

“If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?” -William Shakespeare They say that revenge is a dish best served cold, and yet, if your packing it in your lunchbox, how…

“There is a concept that is the corrupter and destroyer of all others. I speak not of Evil, whose limited empire is that of ethics; I speak of the infinite.” –Jorge Luis Borges Have you ever been so mad at someone that you needed revenge? That you needed to take something delightful and use it for…

“He who would search for pearls must dive below.” –John Dryden Sometimes falling can be a painful thing, as Ween might sing you in their ominous composition, Falling Out, but sometimes it can be absolutely wonderful, like when the Hubble space telescope allows you to “fall in” to the closest large galaxy to us: Andromeda. Thanks to…

“Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious.” –Oscar Wilde While the AAS meeting is about to start, I couldn’t resist sharing a song and a wonderful project with you this weekend. Have a listen to a song that talks about what it…

“I believe that we are here for each other, not against each other. Everything comes from an understanding that you are a gift in my life — whoever you are, whatever our differences.” –John Denver So why not lead by example? If you think there’s too much carbon in the atmosphere (because there is), if you think…

The Rising Star of Science (Synopsis)

We don’t normally think about it in our day-to-day work, but as scientists, our equations, our models, our observations, our experiments and our instruments are more than just our tools for approaching our work. In a very real way, they’re our connection to the Universe itself. Yet some people miss out on that connection, never…