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Bill Higgins
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My 8 July talk: Overview of the Manhattan Project. 
About a year ago, I borrowed from my local library Denise Kiernan's book The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II . Unfortunately, I hadn't yet finished it by the due date, so I had to take it back to the library. Having turned the book in, I strolled…
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Looking back on Gemini 4, literally! Tracking down the photos Ed White snapped on his spacewalk 50 years ago. My new article for the Vatican Observatory Foundation: http://www.vofoundation.org/blog/looking-back-at-gemini-4-literally-after-fifty-years/#comments

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Great, thanks Bill, I will check it out.
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My response to Tom Hanks, about Leonard Nimoy's other gift.
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I made that same punchline on Twitter early this AM to Neil Gaiman, when he made a joke to his wife about how being "chronologically unavailable" explained the failure of his relationship with Helen of Troy. Different Paris, obviously.

Got a rimshot in reply.
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Phone Call from a Turquoise Giant: Exploring Neptune by telephone, 25 years ago today. 
It's been twenty-five years this week since Voyager 2 performed the first-- and, so far, only-- flyby of the planet Neptune. Neptune, with Great Dark Spot and Lesser Dark Spot. That week I was in Pasadena, playing journalist for a very peculiar news service. It was one of the greatest adventures…
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The John M. Higgins Award for Best In-Depth/Enterprise Reporting goes to Frank Greve for "Combat Journalism."  Congratulations, Mr. Greve!

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The third annual John M. Higgins Award for Best In-Depth/Enterprise Reporting has just been awarded to Frank Greve, for Combat Journalism: Is Reporting on Global Conflict Worth the Risk? ," from CQ Researcher . ( CQ Researcher documents are normally behind a paywall, but this story has been made…
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I'm toasting John with a Diet Vernor's and remembering our shared quest for a decent Cuban place in Broward County.
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Now available: Farah Mendlesohn's history talk "The Royal Society and Science Fiction" about "the representation of the Royal Society in science fiction and fantasy as fact, fantasy and metaphor."
A couple of weeks ago, Professor Farah Mendlesohn, Head of Department in the Department of English, Communication, Film and Media at Angela Ruskin University, spoke at the Royal Society in London. You may know her as the author and editor of many scholarly books on science fiction and fantasy, or…
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Congratulations to the Higgins Award winners!
This year's John M. Higgins Award for Best In-Depth/Enterprise Reporting was given today to Bryan Burrough, Sarah Ellison, and Suzanna Andrews of Vanity Fair for their article " The Snowden Saga: A Shadowland of Secrets and Light ." ; Congratulations to them. Today in New York…
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Finalists for the 2015 John M. Higgins Award, honoring journalism about the Press itself. Newhouse School at Syracuse University will present this at the Mirror Awards ceremony in New York City on 11 June.
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3 March at Geek Bar Beta: "Vandals of the Void: Damaging Meteors from Chelyabinsk to Chicago"  featuring me, Bill Higgins.

It's a C2ST Speakeasy talk for the Chicago Council on Science & Technology.

http://www.c2st.org/event/2015/01/c2st-speakeasy-geek-bars-science-tuesday
"Vandals of the Void: Damaging Meteors from Chelyabinsk to Chicago" with William S. Higgins
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Should you find yourself mentioning "Mrs. O'Leary's Comet," please heap as much scorn on the notion as you can manage. A long, hot, dry summer and a city made of wood with an inadequate (though courageous!) fire department are all you really need to explain what happened to Chicago that day. Similarly for Peshtigo, surrounded by dehydrated trees.
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For Sale: two Worldcon attending memberships in LonCon 3.  $192 for each membership.  Both include voting rights and Hugo packet privilege.  Please e-mail higgins@fnal.gov.

(The 2014 World Science Fiction Convention is LonCon 3, in London, England, 14-18 August.)

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Best fortune cookie in the past year!
China House is my favorite Chinese restaurant. It's not far from the gates of Fermilab, in the stretch of Route 59 that I think of as "Warrenville's Chinatown" because there is another Chinese restaurant across the street. The other day, this message appeared in my fortune cookie: I thought you…
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Unleash the Full Rejuvenating Power of BEETS!
My beloved wife is interested in nutrition. Nathan S. Bryan, Ph.D., knows this, so sometimes one of his brochures turns up in our mailbox. Here's yesterday's science-based natural breakthrough. This is my new favorite phrase. I am sitting in my cubicle. Every now and then, I say aloud, "UNLEASHES…
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Have a belt of borscht!
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