In the shadow of the moon

I saw the eclipse, the total eclipse, and though I've seen pictures and knew what would happen, no words or pictures can match the effect of being there. It begins slowly, a sliver of the sun gone black, a sense of surreality at seeing such a common fixture in the sky and our psychology shifting …

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Going to the Eclipse

I will see the total eclipse on the 21st! I will have to sleep in my car and drive for many hours, but I will see it! I've never seen one, and can't help but wonder what it must have been like for ancient peoples who had no idea what was going on. I'm sure …

Total eclipse on the way

On August 21 of this year, those of us in North America will get a total solar eclipse--the first in 38  years. And it's going right past my house! Well not really, but within driving distance. I'm seriously considering a road trip to Portland for the best view. I've never seen a sight like this …

The Martian (2015)

Ridley Scott's The Martian is an accurate, thrilling survival story that for ONCE portrays scientists as normal human beings (even cool, likable ones!), instead of amoral villains, sociopaths, socially crippled nerds, or emotionless robots. Problem solving is the hero of this edge-of-your-seat thriller, and realism is king. I don't have degree in any of the …

Gravity

I watched this thrilling sci fi movie while on a plane over the ocean, and the turbulence really added to the tense feel of it. Sandra Bullock and George Clooney play astronauts working on repairing the Hubble telescope, when an accident sends them into a dire situation. There is a kind of deep, uneasy fear …

Europa

NASA's budget for 2016 was announced on Monday, and within the 18.5 billion they received, is 30 million specifically for a robotic mission to Europa. Europa has always been the hot spot for the possibility of life in our solar system, and now we may be able to catch a glimpse of anything living beneath …

AI to End the Human Race?

You may have read one or more articles today about dire warnings from scientists about AI. This is because Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and others have signed an open letter detailing their concerns about the advancement of artificial intelligence technology. If you read the letter, you will see that it is much along the lines of …