Carl Sagan Day

Today is Carl Sagan Day. Of all of his books, my favorite has to be The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark, followed closely by Contact.  

The Seven Warning Signs of Bogus Science

Robert L. Park, professor of physics at the University of Maryland at College Park and the director of public information for the American Physical Society, compiled his Seven Warning Signs of Bogus Science in an attempt to help federal judges detect scientific nonsense. He’s also the author of Voodoo Science: The Road From Foolishness to […]

5 Years of SETI@home

The SETI@home site lists May 17 as the 5 year anniversary of the project (although I’m listed as having registered on May 15, 1999). They’ve also just passed the 5,000,000 user mark.

Brian Greene Interview

The Morning News has an interesting Brian Greene interview where he discusses contemporary physics and his books.

The Fabric of the Cosmos

I just ordered a copy of The Fabric of the Cosmos : Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality, the lastest book from Brian Greene, author of The Elegant Universe (and hoping it’s just as good).

15 Minutes of Fame?

Wow! Out of 4.8 million users, randomly selected as SETI@Home User of the Day for January 22, 2004. Guess I’d better save a screenshot of this posterity…

Sony QRIO Movies

A lot of visitors to this site have been looking for the movies of Sony’s QRIO robot running – here you go: running clip1, clip2, clip3, clip4; throwing a ball clip5; and four QRIO’s dancing clip6. Another movie can be found here (conducting an orchestra), and two more here (balancing and falling)

The Particles of Star Trek

Can’t tell a tachyon from a metrion? Steven Grimm has a collection of particles mentioned on Star Trek as well as a form where you can submit anything he might have missed.

Thirty-Meter Telescope Funded

Caltech’s Thirty Meter Telescope (formerly known as the California Extremely Large Telescope) has received $17.5 million for a detailed design study from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Construction of the observatory at a yet undetermined site in Hawaii, Chile, or Mexico could be completed by 2012.

The Elegant Universe on PBS

Brian Greene’s book on superstring theory, The Elegant Universe has been made into a three-part series on PBS which will begin on October 28. The program site also has an interesting interview with Greene.

keep looking »