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Why I Don’t Believe in UFOs

A friend asked why I don’t believe in UFOs recently and that got me thinking. Why is it that I don’t? What just sets me on edge about the notion other than the predeliction of these aliens of performing anal probes, harassing country bumpkins and generally abusing cattle? But after a bit of thought I […]

Time To Go To Mars

Yesterday a true hero died. Neil Armstrong, first man on the Moon, died at age 82. Being a Boomer born when all seemed possible the Moon Missions were just that, another huge possibility, something to attain. To this day whenever I look at the Moon I think of Apollo and the Moon landings. When my […]

Automated Takedown of NASA’s Curiosity Landing

This is just gobsmackingly retarded. You’ve got YouTube automatically taking down videos via some algorithm. Why this should be even remotely considered a good idea is beyond me. There is no way an algorithm can discern strictly based on a pattern whether or not something truly infringes on another work. And to then put the […]

RIP: Benoit Mandelbrot

I recall reading about him in High School and then studying his work more in university and thereafter. He passed away today; his legacy will live on. Rest in Peace.

Moths at Large
Moths at Large

A good friend of mine, Jim des Rivieres, is having an exhibit of moth photographs at the Museum of Nature. Before I met Jim I had no idea moths were so beautiful. But the scans that he produces into photographs is utterly amazing. If you click on the picture of the moth it’ll take you […]

of Stars and Planets

I’ve long had a fascination for astronomy. And, truth be told, it was the field of study I was hoping to enter. But European familial demands meant going into something that had a better chance of me getting a job. Besides, my dad said that no son of his was going to stay up all […]

The Science is Settled

When someone tells you “the science is settled” realize they’re neither a scientist nor right. Need proof? Read this. Astrophysicists are having a hell of a time dealing with an odd planet and the repercussions to orbital mechanics, something many would have figured was “settled” over the past 400 years. So next time someone tries […]

40 Years Ago Today … Man Walked On The Moon!

I’ll leave it to the pictures to tell the story. You can see many more at the NASA Apollo site.

Pictures of the Moon Landing Sites
Pictures of the Moon Landing Sites

NASA just released some mid-resolution pictures of the Moon and the various Apollo landing sites. You can see the lunary lander module courtesy of a low Sun. In the Apollo 14 shots you can see the footpath created by the astronauts. Amazing. Here’s the shot of Apollo 14’s landing site with the footpath.

July 16, 1969
July 16, 1969

We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we […]

Happy Belated Birthday Nikola Tesla

Google had a wonderful homage via their front page graphic the other day (July 10th) for Tesla’s birthday. What I’ll put forward is my favourite quote of his: Anything before 10am is an ungodly hour. Which is now backed up by research!

God Help Us

I tire of these creationist fools, in all their guises. Without diligence they’ll shove us back thousands of years with their insane takes on science. Even after Judge Jones’ stated that those pushing creationism displays “breathtaking inanity”. That phrase can be applied to a lot of idiocy out there, today. For the curious wishing to […]

Congrats to NRC!

I’m quite proud of the folks at the NRC here in Canada. They became the first to capture images of three planets circling a star other than our Sun.

Congrats to India

India made it to the moon! Excellent news. Hopefully this will inspire a bit more rivalry in the world. I assume China will be next up to drop something on the moon. I do wonder who’ll be next to actually walk on it?

It’s the End of the World as We Know It … And I Feel Fine

If you’re reading this the world didn’t end and the Hadron Collider experiment succeeded. Did it find the “God Particle”? That’s the new question, but those wondering when the End of the World will be will have to look elsewhere.

Stonehenge and the Pyramids solved

From watching W.T. Wallington’s video from Discovery Canada (below) and then visiting his site Pyramics, Stonehenge, Easter Island, and the Great Pyramid Explained by Wallace Wallington! you quickly realize the guy’s figured it out. It’s so elegantly simply and uses technology that existed at the time. The most beautiful aspect of his work is that […]

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