Light is something we experience every day. For most people, “light” refers to what humans can detect with our eyes. It is illumination, what ignites our visual sense, the yin to the yang of dark. However, the type of light humans can detect with our eyes is just a sma...

December 19, 2017

Most of us probably think of energy a quite a bit. We comment on how much energy we are feeling or lacking, etc. Perhaps we give some extra consideration to the concept of energy when our monthly bill from the utility company arrives. On a larger scale, we may worry ab...

November 1, 2017

Many moons ago, our society existed in simpler times. We refer to this epoch as “PS,” or Pre-Starbucks.

Once upon this “PS” time, we didn’t have the ubiquitous green logo on many city corners or in country stores. (There was once even a time when a Dunkin’ Donuts didn’t...

October 25, 2017

Our new book, “Magnitude: The Scale of the Universe,” goes on sale on November 7th. We are so excited for the book to make its way out into the expansive world that we’d like to extend a special offer. If you order a copy of the book by November 14, 2017 and send us pr...

October 18, 2017

What do natural disasters, gravitational waves from space, and Taylor Swift have to do with one another? The obvious answer is “not much.”

However, these seemingly disparate phenomena all have one very important thing in common: the requirement to comprehend and consume...

September 23, 2017

This week’s horrific and heartbreaking earthquake in Mexico is a reminder of the destructive power earthquakes can deliver.  It also comes on the heels of another earthquake in a different part of Mexico just two weeks before.

Relief map of Mexico. Credit: Carport, CC B...

This week, Hurricane Harvey has seemingly exhausted every superlative that can be associated with a storm. Words like “catastrophic” and “historic” and “disastrous” are just some of those being used to try to explain what is happening in Texas and Louisiana. In today’s...

Megan and I both travelled for our day jobs to areas of totality for the recent solar eclipse on August 21st (me to Charleston, SC and Megan to Sun Valley, ID).  Megan had a conference to work at and I had a talk to give. The eclipse affected both of us profoundly.  Ou...

(Pictured: 2008 solar eclipse from Russia. (Kalan, CC BY 3.0))

On August 21st, a total solar eclipse will be visible from Oregon to South Carolina. This event will be a once-in-a-lifetime event for millions in the United States who will get to experience what happens, f...

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