Science

Kai Bird in the NYT: The Tragedy of J Robert Oppenheimer

NYT: The Tragedy of J Robert Oppenheimer Time to blog again. Yesterday (July 16) was the anniversary of the Trinity Test, and this weekend, the movie, “Oppenheimer,” opens. A long time ago, in 2005, I was among the first — if not thee first— timeshift live bloggers. “Blog like it’s 1945!” was my summer 2005 […]

Eric Schlosser signs my copy of Command and Control

Eric Schlosser, author of Command and Control, at KPCC last night

I went to the Crawford Family Forum at KPCC last night to see a conversation between Eric Schlosser and former NPR reporter Mike Shuster in conversation. The topic was the safety of controlling nuclear weapons. Always, conversations like these are unsettling. Humans are the ones in “control” of an unforgiving and unwieldy force. Schlosser’s new […]

Transit of Venus (Telescope), viewed with eclipse glasses

Venus Transit!!!!!

This Venus Transit story begins with Christmas, I suppose. I was presented with a huuuuuge box — actually a few huge boxes. I had NO idea what was inside them; they intimidated the hell out of me. It was a telescope. Wow! A total surprise. There’ve been some great nights viewing this year. And, for […]

Path of the Annular Eclipse in Western United States

How to view Sunday’s Annular Eclipse

This Sunday, May 20, there’s an annular eclipse — a ring-around-the-moon not-quite-a-total eclipse. I’m traveling to an area where it’s as total as possible this weekend (the SW corner of Utah), but here’s instructions for how when to view it where you are. The Exploratorium has a how to view it post. The Goddard Space […]

Above Earth, Fixing Hubble Credit: STS-125 Crew, NASA

Atlantis on the ground in California

I awoke suddenly this morning around 8:30 or so. Later I learned that Space Shuttle Atlantis landed in California. Did we hear the sonic boom? Well, no. But the signature boom-boom happened right around the time I woke up, so maybe I slept through it and wakened immediately afterwards. Direct YouTube link This was a […]

XKCD on the difference

This explains it all.