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Near Miss

Friday , 9, February 2018 Comments Off on Near Miss

This appeared in my situation update this morning: Asteroid 2018 CB Close Approach Asteroid 2018 CB will safely pass earth at a distance of about 39,000 miles (less than one-fifth the distance of earth to the moon) today at around 5:30 p.m. EST 2018 CB is estimated to be between 50 and 130 feet in […]

Below is a photo of Albert Einstein’s desk as it appeared on the day of his death, 60 years ago today. On April 17, 1955, Einstein began experiencing internal bleeding as a result of an abdominal aortic aneurysm. He was transported to the University Medical Center Hospital at Princeton, but not before retrieving a draft […]

Recently I had to get a new driver’s license and the Department of Motor Vehicles asked if I would like to be an organ donor, a question I’ve been asked before in years past. My answer has always been, “Yes!” I have long been a person who does not care what happens to my body […]

Albert Einstein Would Have Been 136 Today

Saturday , 14, March 2015 Comments Off on Albert Einstein Would Have Been 136 Today

On this date in 1879 Albert Einstein was born. I don’t have much more to say about it beyond what I wrote last year, except to note that when I was in high school and struggling to understand his Theory of Relativity, his plain English explanation helped me immensely. “When you are courting a nice […]

Happy 73rd Birthday To Stephen Hawking

Thursday , 8, January 2015 Comments Off on Happy 73rd Birthday To Stephen Hawking

Wishing a happy 73rd birthday to Stephen Hawking, one of the brightest physicists in the world today, not only for his intelligence but for what he has endured for the past 50 years.

Star Trek: 50 Years Of Humanism

Wednesday , 17, December 2014 Comments Off on Star Trek: 50 Years Of Humanism

In addition to my love of almost all things Science Fiction, Star Trek has played a huge factor in my life since its debut 50 years ago and while the reasons are myriad (hope for mankind, the prominence of science, elimination of racism and bigotry, etc.) it all boils down to the promotion of Humanism. […]

I remember asking a vet quite a few years back, “Why do dogs sniff each other’s butts?” and she said, “It’s how they get to know each other.” but she didn’t really go into detail about HOW that whole process works.   This video does. It’s one more reason why I love science.    

Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains Why “Intelligent Design”…Isn’t

Sunday , 27, July 2014 Comments Off on Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains Why “Intelligent Design”…Isn’t

Normally watching or posting long videos is not my thing, but I happily make an exception when it comes to the astronomical Neil deGrasse Tyson. So, even though this is almost 42 minutes it is well worth it for the educational and entertainment value you receive. I just about fell out of my chair laughing […]

Happy Birthday Leonardo da Vinci

Tuesday , 15, April 2014 Comments Off on Happy Birthday Leonardo da Vinci

One of the greatest inventive, scientific and artistic minds of all time, Leonardo da Vinci, was born on this date in 1452. When I visited France in 2007, a major highlight of the visit was touring da Vinci’s final home in Clos Lucé near the king’s residence at the royal Château d’Amboise. Last night my […]

Cheating Death

Saturday , 29, March 2014 Comments Off on Cheating Death

Exciting news on the medical front earlier this week when it was announced that the US Food and Drug Administration has given permission for a trial study that involves patients with fatal injuries who have no normal chance for resuscitation to be placed in a type of suspended animation to allow surgeons more time to […]