It’s not rocket science

An Arizona State University cosmologist who wrote The Physics of Star Trek tells The New York Times why he came around and became a fan of the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory after initially rejecting it: “First, because it is funny, and continues to be. Second, because the characters have developed softer edges, and […]

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Space shuttles boldly going into posterity

A mission poster commissioned to commemorate the final voyage of the Space Shuttle Endeavor — and the next-to-last shuttle flight ever — has been designed to evoke the spirit of the latest Star Trek movie: What is possibly even cooler (if that were possible) is that the Space Shuttle Enterprise — a test vehicle named […]

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Help yourself to a slice of pi

Today — 3/14 — is National Pie Day, celebrating the magical mathematical constant approximately equal to 3.141593. Jess Harter has the scoop on some delicious deals restaurants are offering in honor of this most nerdy observance. They involve pie. Just wanted to clear that up.

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Arizona Science Center overhauls entrance

The Arizona Science Center in downtown Phoenix is starting construction on a new entrance and lobby complex that will offer a larger, air-conditioned waiting area for visitors that offers better access for school groups and the disabled. Demolition is expected to last three months, and the entire project is scheduled to be completed by the […]

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Mirror for Discovery Channel Telescope nears completion

Lowell Observatory photograph The Associated Press reports that engineers are putting the finishing touches on an ultrathin mirror that is a vital part of the Discovery Channel Telescope in Flagstaff. The instrument’s $44 million pricetag was partially responsible for layoffs earlier this year at Lowell Observatory, a National Historic Landmark site that is home to […]

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‘Ship approaching, X-Wing class …’

The Hubble Space Telescope last month photographed an X-shaped object traveling at 11,000 mph, reports Gizmodo. NASA, helpfully trying to allay any fears the defenseless populace of Earth might have, describes it as the remnants of two asteroids that collided at high velocity. Gizmodo likens the shape to that of a Klingon Bird-of-Prey. But I […]

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