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The great, unrecognized American holiday

Credit: BrokenSphere (Wikipedia). 1hol·i·day noun \ˈhä-lə-ˌdā, British usually ˈhä-lə-dē\ 1 :  holy day 2 :  a day on which one is exempt from work; specifically :  a day marked by a general suspension of work in commemoration of an event … Continue reading

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Happy National Squirrel Appreciation Day

And now for something completely different! If you’re like me and facing impending wintry doom here in the Northeast, you could probably use a break. If you’re somewhere else in the world, here’s a highly random diversion for you anyway. … Continue reading

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2014 is coming! Are we ready for it?

Science fiction author David Brin has argued here and elsewhere that the defining year that begins a new century is not the year ending in 00, but the year ending in 14. It’s an intriguing trend. After World War I … Continue reading

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New title

I decided I needed something snazzier than just putting my name across the top of the page, especially since it’s already in the side bar and the address bar. After Googling a few phrases to see if they were taken, … Continue reading

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2013: A look ahead

Happy New Year to all! Traditionally, the beginning of the year is a time to reflect and to look ahead, so here’s a look at what’s coming in 2013. March: Comet PANSTARRS could be the brightest comet since 2008, possibly … Continue reading

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2012 in review: science, fiction, and other cool stuff

As 2012 draws to a close, people around the world are looking back at everything that happened over the past year. Probably the most memorable story in science was the landing of NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars, and for good … Continue reading

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Welcome to my world

I’m a full-time astrophysics graduate student, a part-time science fiction writer, and now a blogger. In my day job, I study everything from planets to clusters of galaxies, but when I’m not probing the mysteries of the cosmos or imagining … Continue reading

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