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[ This blog is dedicated to tracking my most recent publications. Subscribe to the feed to keep up with all the science stories I write! ] What killed the white dwarfs? (Aside from the giant explosion) Merger or extra matter? Two papers come to opposite…
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[ This blog is dedicated to tracking my most recent publications. Subscribe to the feed to keep up with all the science stories I write! ] Europa’s Salty Sea My first contribution to the brand-new magazine Hakai: You can find bits and pieces of Earth…
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[ This blog is dedicated to tracking my most recent publications. Subscribe to the feed to keep up with all the science stories I write! ] Mercury Killed The MESSENGER Probe From The Daily Beast: Pour one out for MESSENGER space probe. Today, at around…
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Anyone who has applied for academic positions, whether teaching or research-focused, knows how bad the job market is right now, and it shows no signs of getting better.[1] While I love writing, a major reason I chose to do it full-time is because I was…
Anyone who has applied for academic positions, whether teaching or research-focused, knows how bad the job market is right now, and it shows no signs of getting better.[1] While I love writing, a m...
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[ This blog is dedicated to tracking my most recent publications. Subscribe to the feed to keep up with all the science stories I write! ] Get Over Your Full Moon Fears From The Daily Beast: The full Moon is making everyone crazy. More people get arrested…
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Funny...this is a subject dealt with and amply explained in undergrads Psychology 101 classes at several colleges...yet many people still believe this stuff... ;-)
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ELEEMOSYNARY, WEST VIRGINIA — In the modern era, it seems chemicals are ubiquitous: in our air, water, even in the food we eat. That problem has many consumers worried, prompting people to take an active part in looking at what they are exposed to on a…
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[ This blog is dedicated to tracking my most recent publications. Subscribe to the feed to keep up with all the science stories I write! ] Looking to the heavens for neutrino masses From Symmetry Magazine: Neutrinos may be the lightest of all the…
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Wendy Williams and Stephen Ceci wrote another response to the critics of their study. (Here’s their study, and my original article criticizing it.) I don’t have anything in particular to say about the contents of their response — in a sense there’s…
Wendy Williams and Stephen Ceci wrote another response to the critics of their study. (Here's their study, and my original article criticizing it.) I don't have anything in particular to say about ...
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[ This blog is dedicated to tracking my most recent publications. Subscribe to the feed to keep up with all the science stories I write! ] A gentle nudge with a nuke: deflecting Earth-bound asteroids From Ars Technica: In 2013, a small asteroid exploded…
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[ This blog is dedicated to tracking my most recent publications. Subscribe to the feed to keep up with all the science stories I write! ] Q: Suppose we can only build one big telescope. Should we look for life among the stars or the origins of the…
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The Guardian recently ran a lengthy essay by Nobel laureate Steven Weinberg on the “best science books for non-scientists”. He begins with Aristotle, and proceeds to give a brief overview of popularizations of science. Weinberg might seem like a good…
The Guardian recently ran a lengthy essay by Nobel laureate Steven Weinberg on the "best science books for non-scientists". He begins with Aristotle, and proceeds to give a brief overview of popula...
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[ This blog is dedicated to tracking my most recent publications. Subscribe to the feed to keep up with all the science stories I write! ] A few weeks ago, several news outlets ran stories based on a press release, in which a researcher claimed that dense…
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I’m a physicist, science writer, public speaker, educator, and frequent wearer of jaunty hats. My writing and speaking specialties are cosmology, astronomy, and many other topics in physics, all aimed at non-specialist audiences. I have appeared in comics form as Pluto’s moon Nix. I’m currently writing a book on cosmology, with working title Back Roads, Dark Skies: A Cosmological Journey.
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