Distant Star has Building Blocks of life

A recent article at Phys.org talks about finding the building blocks of life in an observation of a distant white dwarf. Make no mistake, they aren’t claiming to have found actual life, just the necessary ingredients. The atmosphere of the white dwarf star  (200 light-years from Earth in the constellation Boötes) is rich in carbon …

Review of Project Skyfish

Just finished reading Project Skyfish: In Which the Furdleys Go Land Cruising, by Holelabs Writestaff, and I’m pretty sure I’m having a psychotic break. This stuff makes Monty Python seem like something you had to read in high school. Not that Monte Python isn’t funny, it is, but Holelabs Writestaff has a style that takes comedy …

SHORT STORY REVIEW: Fries with That

Rebecca Waddell’s short story Fries with That appears in the anthology UP, DO: FLASH FICTION BY WOMEN WRITERS. Ever had an encounter where afterward you found yourself saying, “I wished I’d said…”? Who hasn’t, right? Well Rebecca’s unnamed pov character is just fed up enough to finally speak out, like we all wish we did. This very short …

2017 Hugo Nomination Voting Starts

Voting has begun for those eligible to nominate works for the 2017 Hugo awards. If you already know your favorites in all the categories, great! If, like me, you’ve read far too many works in 2016, then you may need a reminder about which works are eligible for this year’s voting. There are a number …

Space Art Endangered?

I was a young boy during the run-up to the Moon landing. It was a magical time for a young person fascinated by the concept of space exploration. It seemed a certainty we would be living on other planets during my lifetime. The visual images that filled my young mind were those created by the …

Mars more welcoming than anyone thought

Discoveries on Mars continue to accumulate and paint a picture of a more welcoming planet than anyone imagined since the days of Percival Lowell’s starry-eyed observations of Martian canals. Measurements by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter indicate a volume of buried water comparable to Lake Superior in the Utopia Planitia region. It seems that Mars is wetter …

Quantum Consciousness Being Tested

I’ve long been intrigued and troubled by the idea of quantum consciousness. Intrigued because the weirdness of quantum mechanics seems like such a natural fit for the bizarre state we call consciousness. Troubled because it has mostly amounted to loose talk relegated to the realm of fringe science. But finally that has started to change. The …

Physics and Art contest winner!

Congratulations to Jada Pfeifer, winner of the Physics and Art sponsored giveaway of Learning to Swear in America by Katie Kennedy! She was selected out of the 2935 readers who entered to receive a hardcover copy and bookmark signed by Katie herself! I’m afraid that means that the other 2934 of you will have to …