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My First Trip To A Glacier May Be My Last

“Everybody knows that the dice are loaded Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed Everybody knows that the war is over Everybody knows the good guys lost Everybody knows the fight was fixed The poor stay poor, the rich get rich That’s how it goes; everybody knows.” –Leonard Cohen As you know, last week I took my…

A Super-Sized Sister Solar System!

“It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.” -Neil Armstrong Here on our little wet rock in our Solar System, we…

“Even if there is only one possible unified theory, it is just a set of rules and equations. What is it that breathes fire into the equations and makes a universe for them to describe?” –Stephen Hawking After a long search spanning more than my entire lifetime (so far), the Higgs boson has finally been…

The Fat Lady Sings for OPERA

“The saying ‘It’s not over ’til the fat lady sings’ is erroneous, because women who are fat are never listened to.” –Margaret Cho Last year, the OPERA collaboration made worldwide headlines when they announced the results of a remarkable experiment. From over 730 kilometers away, in another country, neutrinos were created by one of the…

Are You Being Honest With Yourself?

“Be careful. People like to be told what they already know. Remember that. They get uncomfortable when you tell them new things. New things…well, new things aren’t what they expect. They like to know that, say, a dog will bite a man. That is what dogs do. They don’t want to know that man bites…

“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…

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…

“A constant struggle, a ceaseless battle to bring success from inhospitable surroundings, is the price of all great achievements.” –Orison Swett Marden One of the greatest assumptions we make in our study of the laws of nature is, well, that they’re laws of nature, not particularly special to where or when we happen to be…

The Heavy Metal Universe!

“They credited us with the birth of that sort of heavy metal thing. Well, if that’s the case, there should be an immediate abortion.” –Ginger Baker As hard as it may be to believe, take a look outside. I don’t mean a glance, I mean to take a real look. At all the things there…

Game Over for Faster-Than-Light Neutrinos?

“If my theory of relativity is proven successful, Germany will claim me as a German and France will declare that I am a citizen of the world. Should my theory prove untrue, France will say that I am a German and Germany will declare that I am a Jew.” –Albert Einstein One of the most…