Weekend Diversion: You are responsible for what you say

“In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.” –Eleanor Roosevelt I’ve always been a big fan of personal freedom, which includes the freedom to speak your mind, say what you think, ask questions, be … Read moreWeekend Diversion: You are responsible for what you say

What is this all about?

“You don’t use science to show that you’re right, you use science to become right.” –Randall of xkcd In January of 2008, I began writing this blog, Starts With A Bang, both for myself and for all of you, because we all have something in common. The same planet, the same heavens, the same laws of nature and the … Read moreWhat is this all about?

Even the Universe Undergoes a Great Migration

“As always on this boulevard, the faces were young, coming annually in an endless migration from every country, every continent, to alight here once in the long journey of their lives.” –Brian Moore

Even the Universe experiences a “great migration” every now and again, where giant, massive globules of interstellar gas are blown thousands of light years across the galaxy by their hot, star-forming surroundings.

(Image credit: R. Jay GaBany of cosmotography.com.)

And if I do say so myself, in the case of the Cone Nebula, it looks like the classic “V” pattern that migrating birds engage in.  Of course, there are no birds here; this appears to be a gas globule in a dusty, hydrogen-rich region that’s experiencing intense heating and evaporation.

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Real Science and Health News: From a Truth Vigilante

“If people decide they’re going to deny the facts of history and the facts of science and technology, there’s not much you can do with them. For most of them, I just feel sorry that we failed in their education.” –Harrison Schmitt Last year, I asked a simple question with no easy answer: Whom Do … Read moreReal Science and Health News: From a Truth Vigilante