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Yesterday around dinnertime, there was a knock at my door. It was one of the neighbor ladies, and she was holding a clipboard. “Hi,” she said. “I’m circulating a petition for a ballot proposition for the City of Healdsburg.” “OK,” says I. “What’s it about?” “It would put water fluoridation in the City up for […]

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The era of commercial space launches has arrived

To paraphrase our Vice President, the SpaceX launch of the world’s first commercial space vehicle (unmanned, but will be able to return cargo from the International Space Station) is a big f-ing deal. Their Falcon 9 launch vehicle performed as expected to get them into orbit, and so far the Dragon cargo (and later crew) […]

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Cosmically amazing and beautiful

From the excellent Bad Astronomy blog, here are his picks for the Top Ten Astronomy Pictures of 2007. Very cool.

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The Size Of Our World

This is cool. It’s a presumably-to-scale rendered 3-D representation of Earth to the other smaller planets in our Solar System; those planets to the larger planets; all planets to the Sun; and the Sun to really big stars. Check it out. (Via Paul Music.)

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Godlike power – cheap!

You’ve had a tough day at the office or at school. You’re tired, frustrated, and dammit, you just want to smash something. Why not crash together two galaxies? Yes, you can slam together two vast arrays of stars, planets, and nebulae, and change the collision conditions at will. You’ll need to rely on your imagination […]

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For astronomy buffs

Pretty Pictures is a page listing many astronomy photos, images, and videos. Tons of good stuff linked from this page. (Hat tip: Paul Music.)

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In the last few days, the book The Bell Curve has come up on some of the liberal blogs I read, with much denunciation. I’m no fan of the book; in the excerpts I’ve read of it (I haven’t read the whole book), its arguments were not persuasive. But there are general questions raised by […]

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Intelligent Falling

In light of presumed presidential candidate, medical doctor, and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist’s recent declaration that superstition should be taught in science classrooms, presented without further comment from The Onion: Evangelical Scientists Refute Gravity With New ‘Intelligent Falling’ Theory. Bonus link: Open letter to the Kansas School Board. We’ve been touched by his noodly […]

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