There’s a fascinating article in the New York Times about a scientist who can think like a worm. Dr. Cornelia I. Bargmann studies the brain of the roundworm, C. elegans. Yes, worms only a millimeter long have brains. Science has yet to establish the existence of zombies to eat them.Read More Thinking like a worm
Today makes the one year anniversary since my favorite asteroid, 2008 TC3, exploded over Sudan. They went and picked up some of the pieces about a month ago. When they analyzed it, it turned to be an unusual kind of an unusual kind of asteroid. Considering long it’s been since I could remember what a […]Read More My favorite asteroid
I saw lots of neat stuff today, but you’ll have to take my word for it. First thing this morning, two goldfinches were feeding on the coneflowers, and the nyjer feeder, and the evening primrose. But I didn’t get a picture and you’ll have to take my word for it.Read More Jupiter is a dot
Last fall I posted about 2008 TC3, an asteroid that was spotted just in time to watch it break up in the atmosphere over Sudan. It turns out they went out there and picked up the pieces.Read More Asteroid to meteorite
So today I got the sniffles when I read that Mars Phoenix is shutting down. Which is ridiculous. I mean, I got a lump in my throat over Chalcedony’s fate in “Tideline.” Then when I read “Edward Bear and the Very Long Walk” to my friends, I could hardly speak through the ending. Now this.Read More Becoming a ghost in the machine?
Last Monday night, a little after 11 EST, I saw a shooting star that seemed to fall from the sky and disappear just beyond the trees on the street. The short, sharp flash was so bright, I stood listening for a few seconds, half expecting to hear an explosion. I contemplated the other meteors I’ve […]Read More Meteoric observations and obliviousness
Today’s episode of Quirks & Quarks ends with a discussion of The Big Rip, the driving idea behind “Last Contact.” And I’m trying to write an inchoate story about Mars, so I was also interested in their discussion of the Phoenix Lander, due to land on Mars next Sunday.Read More A quick note about The Big Rip