Right and Wrong

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“In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.” –Eleanor Roosevelt I’ve always been a big fan of personal freedom, which includes the freedom to speak your mind, say what you think, ask questions, be…

It’s never too late… to discover science!

“I am always ready to learn, although I do not always like to be taught.” –Winston Churchill My very first time leading a classroom  — on my own — was back in June of 2000. I was 21 years old, fresh out of college, and was teaching science in a middle school classroom. And I…

The Legacy of Sally Ride

“Each generation goes further than the generation preceding it because it stands on the shoulders of that generation. You will have opportunities beyond anything we’ve ever known.” –Ronald Reagan Earlier today, Sally Ride, the first American woman ever to fly in outer space, passed away at the age of 61 from pancreatic cancer. To many…

Weekend Diversion: Fill-in-the-blanks

“It’s so fine and yet so terrible to stand in front of a blank canvas.” –Paul Cezanne All over the world, hundreds of millions of families are getting together this weekend for a variety of reasons. And a large number of them will have, as part of their nature, a big announcement made. Depending on…

“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…

“You cannot hope to build a better world without improving individuals. We all must work for our own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity.” -Marie Curie Most of us remember the importance of being charitable on a few rare occasions throughout the year, most commonly around the year’s…

“Every year I teach dozens of students at the University of Birmingham. Most of the students on the gender and sexuality courses are women. I guess this is because the boys don’t think that gender applies to them: that it’s a subject for girls.” –Louise Brown You know the stereotype, perpetrated throughout the United States…

“Every time you look up at the sky, every one of those points of light is a reminder that fusion power is extractable from hydrogen and other light elements, and it is an everyday reality throughout the Milky Way Galaxy.” –Carl Sagan (This post is coauthored by Dr. Peter Thieberger, Senior Physicist at Brookhaven National…

Exposing a Climate Science Fraud

“After all, facts are facts, and although we may quote one to another with a chuckle the words of the Wise Statesman, ‘Lies – damned lies – and statistics,’ still there are some easy figures the simplest must understand, and the astutest cannot wriggle out of.” –Leonard Courtney, 1895 “The first and worst of all…

Science could have it all wrong. But…

“We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.” –C. S. Lewis Many of you are a little bit skeptical that I talk about things like the History…