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The search for Dyson Spheres

This was by far the coolest news item I came across this week

Did you know that scientists are actually looking for Dyson Spheres? It doesn’t even matter to me right now what they found. I just the love the fact that they’re taking this idea seriously.

So what is the idea? In 1960, physicist [...]

A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant

Let’s face it, kids’ holiday pageants can be pretty boring. Every year it’s the same old songs and the same old scenes. You stay the 3 hour ordeal just to see your kid or a kid you know do his 5 minute dance or routine. And it’s a good 5 minutes, but it is just [...]

Discovery Institute’s Sad Attempt at Their Own “Day”

As most of us know, February 12th is Darwin Day. Darwin Day 2009 is gearing up to be a special one because it will be the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of the Origin of Species.

The Discovery Institute, the organization of ID proponents that make sad and [...]

The Physics Nobel, Symmetry, and the Mundane

Some of the 2008 Nobel prize winners were announced today.

Of course my first inclination is to jump to the physics prize to see who won and why.

This year the Nobel physics winners are all about Symmetry and how it breaks-down in the universe.

Japanese-American Yoichiro Nambu shares the prize with Makoto Kobayashi and [...]

Space Elevator: Boon or Boondoggle?

Japan has announced that their long-term space development plans now include building a space-elevator.

The JSEA or Japanese Space Elevator Association believes it can build one for about 1 trillion yen or a little less than 10 billion US dollars.

So is this worth even attempting or is it way too premature for such a [...]