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Supernova Requiem: Reruns From a Gravity Lens

Nothing in this universe lasts forever, including stars. Massive stars live fast and die young: exploding as supernovae. One of these, AT2016jka, nicknamed “Requiem,” was first spotted in 2016. It showed up again in 2019. Scientists figure they’ll get another … Continue reading

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COVID-19: Attitudes, Frustrations, and Perspective

Since I’ll be talking about COVID-19, variants, and the pandemic, clarifications may be in order. I had COVID-19 vaccinations in May and June, because I thought it was a good idea. Politicos, partisans and crackpots have been throwing accusations and … Continue reading

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Evolution: Science, Religion, Opinions and Me

The University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research has learned that more than half of all Americans think evolution is real. Seems that 2016 was the tipping point. That’s when my country, on average, decided to step into the late … Continue reading

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Robots on Mars, an Empty Sample Tube and a Laser

Several days ago, a robot on Mars selected a hollow coring bit from its tool kit, drilled into a rock, withdrew the tool and placed the core into a sample tube. At least, that’s what should have happened. But just … Continue reading

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