June 2010

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Gravity of the situation

This map traces gravity’s force on Earth and tells us which way is “up” or “down,” literally. The red portions of the map represent areas where gravity’s pull is the highest and the deep blue…

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World Cup NFL-style?

Ever wonder what a World Cup soccer team might look like if the roster was filled entirely with NFL players? Probably not, but this blog does some speculating for us. We know that, by and…

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McChrystal out, Patraeus back in

So far, counterinsurgency has succeeded only in creating a never-ending demand for the primary product supplied by the military: perpetual war. There is a reason that President Obama studiously avoids using the word “victory” when…

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Joe Barton has company

Some folks in high offices seem to have no idea about the ethical and moral implications behind conflicts of interest, or they don’t care. I would wager the latter. The latest oil industry supporter masquerading as…

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Pale Blue Dot photo turns 20

I didn’t catch it earlier, but Feb. 13 2010 marked the 20th anniversary of the now-famous Pale Blue Dot photograph taken from the Voyager 1 some 3.7 billion miles away from Earth. The faint blue…

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BP finally gets something right

In one of its smartest moves, and there haven’t been many, or any, since the Gulf oil spill disaster, BP has dethroned the haughty and shockingly nonchalant Tony Hayward from his duties of day-to-day overseer…