Over the course of his presidency, Barack Obama issued a total of 276 executive orders. So, what exactly does that mean?
My cell phone rang from the passenger seat of my car as I crossed the last intersection before a two-mile stretch of Hydraulic Road leading to Albemarle High School, my […]
Dear Scott, I haven’t really answered your question, “What do administrators need from teachers?” Instead, I’ve deferred to a colleague who has a most unique perspective. I’d like to share […]
DRAMA AND FIREWORKS AT SOCIETY OF ENVIRO JOURNALISTS’ PANEL ON GLOBAL WARMING: Senate Staffer Repeats Inhofe’s Hype About the Media; But Andrew Revkin of the NY Times Gets Kudos from American Spectator For Putting It All in Context
Over the weekend, I appeared on a stellar panel at the National Association of Science Writer’s meetings in Baltimore that featured Ralph Cicerone, President of the National Academy of Sciences, […]
Some experiences continue to pay dividends time and time again.
Far from practicing witchcraft, the experimentation of medieval alchemists helped bring about the Scientific Revolution.
These 5 research-backed tips can turn bad habits into financial gain.
The “money taboo” is not a single taboo, but rather an amalgamation of several smaller taboos tied to gender and socioeconomic class.
Many contemporary composers live in the shadow of Bach and Beethoven, even though they’re just as interesting to listen to.
Americans don't like to ride the bus. There are ways to fix that.
Hidden variables aren’t ruled out, but they can’t get rid of quantum weirdness. Ever since the discovery of the bizarre behavior of quantum systems, we’ve been forced to reckon with […]
Find out the truth for yourself. If this past year has shown us anything, it’s how thoroughly we rely on high-quality expertise. As the COVID-19 pandemic swept the globe, it […]
And can we devise an experiment to tell, even when we aren’t looking? One of the most bizarre aspects of quantum physics is that the fundamental entities that make up the […]
The double-slit experiment, all these years later, still holds the key mystery at the heart of quantum physics. When we divide up matter into the smallest possible chunks that it’s made […]
It’s a pipe dream that violates the laws of physics, and not even quantum mechanics can give us a way out. One of the most fundamental rules of physics, undisputed since […]
It doesn’t matter what’s popular, logical, or intuitive. What matters is what you can observe and measure. Imagine asking the biggest, most fundamental question of all: what is reality? How would […]
Love to drop F-bombs? Thank the shift to agriculture.
On September 27, 1972, scientists performed the first test of Bell’s inequality. God does play dice with the Universe, after all. One of the most puzzling and counterintuitive aspects of quantum […]
What do we see from watching birds move across the country?
If we don’t invest in learning about the Universe, we aren’t going to learn very much. Every ten years, the field of astronomy and astrophysics undergoes a Decadal Survey. This charts […]
The deep dive into the mirror Universe, and the ethics of how we deal with purity and diversity, is just getting started. Life in the mirror Universe isn’t easy for anyone. […]
The arts and crafts retailer Hobby Lobby was recently forced to forfeit thousands of illegally imported artifacts.
Orcas are trailing Alaskan fishermen and taking their halibut and black-cod catches.
Kellyanne Conway's recent appearance on NBC's Meet the Press, where she used the dystopian-sounding phrase "alternative facts," sounded eerily similar to George Orwell's 1984 concept of newspeak and doublethink.
The just-passed federal Better Online Ticket Sales (BOTS) Act makes it illegal for ticket scalpers to acquire tickets using software bots.
It might have puzzled Einstein right up until his death, but that doesn’t mean you can’t understand it! “As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are […]
Einstein called it spooky, but if we figure it out right, can we learn about distant star systems instantaneously? “Trying to understand the way nature works involves a most terrible […]
American stuff is the stuff of American history, as recorded in still life painting.