Category Archives: Astronomy

Cosmology meets Philanthropy — guest post by Jess Riedel

My colleague Jess Riedel recently attended a conference  exploring the connection between these seemingly disparate subjects, which led him to compose the following essay.–CHB People sometimes ask me what how my research will help society.  This question is familiar to … Continue reading

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Why the laity hope Einstein was wrong.

Although reputable news sources pointed out that most scientists think some more mundane explanation will be found for the too-early arrival of CERN-generated neutrinos in Gran Sasso, recently confirmed by a second round of experiments with much briefer pulse durations … Continue reading

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Entangled LIGO

The quest to observe gravitational waves has been underway for several years now, but as yet there has been no signal. To try to detect gravitational waves, the LIGO collaboration basically uses huge kilometer-scale Michaelson-type interferometers, one of which is … Continue reading

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Geocentrism Revival

Seriously? A few conservative Roman Catholics are pointing to a dozen Bible verses and the church’s original teachings as proof that Earth is the center of the universe, the view that was at the heart of the church’s clash with Galileo … Continue reading

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Quantum Astronaut

Many of you may know Christopher Altman, a quantum researcher, who also maintains the blog cohærence * where you can always find the good new info on the state of quantum computing and related technologies (if you want to know … Continue reading

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Tidbits

Penrose reviews Hawking and Mlodinow’s new book The Grand Design. Kim sends along a link to a classic telescope catalogs and manuals Mason Porter, after an inspiring talk with Aaron Clauset and Michelle Girvan (a not uncommon circumstance with these … Continue reading

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Don't Forget To Look Up Tonight!

Perseids meteor shower peaking Thursday night through Friday morning. “For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.” – Vincent van Gogh

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Many Paths Interpretation of Scientific Careers

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Glorious Dawn Record

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Apple Pie From Scratch

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