How Smooth is the Universe?

“A cloud is made of billows upon billows upon billows that look like clouds. As you come closer to a cloud you don’t get something smooth, but irregularities at a smaller scale.” –Benoit Mandelbrot It isn’t just the clouds that appear smooth, but aren’t if you zoom in close. In fact, it isn’t just the … Read more

Weekend Diversion: The Dreams of a Hero

“Anyone who has spent any time in space will love it for the rest of their lives. I achieved my childhood dream of the sky.” –Valentina Tereshkova We all have our heroes. Many of them meet with tragedy, and get eulogized in song. This week, I present to you a wonderful, bluegrass cover by Keller … Read more

The Lifetime of an Opportunity

“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” –Henry Ford Back in 2003, a twin pair of rovers — Spirit and Opportunity — were launched from Earth to Mars. For no good reason at all, Opportunity has long been my favorite of the two. Opportunity landed in January of 2004 in … Read more