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This American Life: Kid Politics

I’m sure I don’t need to tell any of you what an outstanding program This American Life is, but this week’s episode, “Kid Politics” is a particular standout. If you haven’t already done so listen to it now. I was … Continue reading

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E-index

Okay. I didn’t write any “best of” lists for 2010, or describe my resolutions for 2011. The New Year came and went with nary a whisper. I hope you didn’t miss me too much. Anyway, the last few days, I’ve … Continue reading

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I get email, Part 1.

As you almost certainly know by now, I write a bi-weekly column at io9 called “Ask a Physicist.” Each week, besides doing the actual answering, I usually bug my readers to send me questions. And they do. In droves. To … Continue reading

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Monopole-izing the conversation

As I posted a screed a few weeks ago complaining about the popular revolt against dark energy, I wanted to note how pleased I was with the response to my monopole article. Granted, the overall hit rate was a bit … Continue reading

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Science, Fairies and Trolls – a rant.

I’ve written a fair amount about what we do and don’t know about what makes up 95% of the universe. Besides yesterday’s “Ask a Physicist column” in io9, see here, here, or here. Yesterday’s column on dark energy was, on … Continue reading

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Too many outlets; not enough news

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about where people go to get their science news.  Of course, there are some excellent science blogs out there, but between the dedicated science magazines (and their online presences), individual bloggers, and the websites … Continue reading

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Why do it?

I got an email from superfan Caden this morning, asking if I’d read the latest Dennis Overbye column on the premature announcement of earth-like planets from the Kepler Mission. The background, if you missed it, is that one of the … Continue reading

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Crackpots

I’ve started thinking about my next book. I’m not at the writing stage, or even the research stage; more like the brainstorming stage. I’ve been thinking a lot about crackpottery lately. Because I’ve been doing so much popular science writing … Continue reading

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MIT makes pyramid schemes work

The winner of the DARPA balloon network challenge was (to apparently nobody’s surprise) a group from MIT. Their algorithm essentially employed a pyramid scheme. They found all ten balloons in about 9 hours. $40k/10 balloons=$4k to be divied up for … Continue reading

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Coolest Contest Ever

For those of you who’ve missed it, it’s been 40 years since DARPA (then called “ARPA” – the Advanced Research Projects Agency) networked together the first 4 computers in what has since become the internet*. To celebrate, they’ve announced a … Continue reading

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