MANY PEOPLE WOULD RATHER DIE THAN THINK; IN FACT, MOST DO. — BERTRAND RUSSELL

March 2011

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Our daily universe: when galaxies collide

Scientists now believe that the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies are expected to collide much sooner than previously anticipated. The cosmic smashup is supposed to take place at about the same time that are sun…


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Movie review: ‘Syriana’

I don’t write many film reviews on this site because most have limited or no real-world relevance. Some of my favorite movies, like “Agora” and “Doubt,” tend to be those that have something to say…


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Our red state of affairs

A Feb. 25, 2011 report from Gallup shows that the United States is becoming increasingly more conservative, not less. Here’s the map that shows wide swaths of the nation in dark green (more conservative) and…


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Southern secession myths

After reading over Abraham Lincoln’s first inaugural address, I recently posted the following quote to my Facebook page while thinking about the possible causes of the American Civil War: One section of our country believes…


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‘V’ for resistance

The Washington Post on Friday featured a fascinating article on the “V” hand signal which, at times, has represented peace and, at others, victory. But in most instances, as the story notes, it has symbolized…


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Our daily universe: ‘The Known Universe’ video

From an unlikely source, today’s entry comes from singer/songwriter, Ryan Adams, who posted a link to this marvelous video on his Facebook page. It presents a ground-to-space view of our place in the cosmos and…


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Not monotheistic after all

A British theologian has come to the conclusion that the god of the Hebrew Bible and the Old Testament had a consort, commonly known as Asherah or Astarte. Here is an article on the theologian’s…


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Our daily universe: coldest star?

Astronomers recently discovered perhaps the coldest known star in our viewable universe. So cold, in fact, that it’s thought to be about the same temperature as a cup of hot tea or about 212 degree…


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Neurotransmitter alters sexual preference?

This interesting study of serotonin in mice may change our knowledge of sexual preference in animals. Male mice in the study were found to have a decreased preference for females when they had low levels of…


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Our daily universe IV: Jewel Box cluster

Explanation from the European Southern Observatory: This image is a “close-up” view from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope of NGC 4755, or the Jewel Box cluster. Several very bright, pale blue supergiant stars, a solitary…