Weekend Diversion: If you hate mosquitoes…

“If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito.” -Anita Roddick There’s a lot to enjoy when it’s warm and tropical, which it is many places this time of year. The flowers are out, the Sun often shines, and there’s no shortage of spectacular music. Have a … Read more

Weekend Diversion: Fluoridated Water: Science, Scams and Society

“Fluoridation is the single most important commitment a community can make to the oral health of its children and to future generations.” –C. Everett Koop Most weekends, I take on a lighter topic, as a way of taking a break from the deep physics, astronomy, and science we share during the week. But every once … Read more

What Everyone Should Know about the Universe on the eve of Planck

“Scientific discovery and scientific knowledge have been achieved only by those who have gone in pursuit of it without any practical purpose whatsoever in view.” –Max Planck Tomorrow morning, at 8 AM my time, the press conference that cosmologists have spent the past decade waiting for will finally happen, and the Planck satellite — the … Read more