Exoplanets

One thing that’s really blossomed over the course of my life is the discovery and analysis of exoplanets—planets outside our solar system orbiting distant stars and pulsars. Unlike discoveries of new comets and asteroids, which sometimes happen through ‘citizen science,’ discoveries of exoplanets are made by astronomers from all over the world. In the 1970s—my… Continue reading Exoplanets

Where did 2021 go? 

2020 stretched on forever. 2020 felt like three, four, five years—of waiting. A planet full of people waiting, and all of us focused on one thing: coronavirus. In early spring, the pandemic was declared, and we tried to figure out what that meant to us personally. We acclimated, and adapted, and communicated, and researched, and… Continue reading Where did 2021 go? 

Good news

The flu is down. Way down. Influenza infections are down ninety percent compared to last year.   Most years, millions of Americans get the flu. Thousands are hospitalized and some  people die of flu, every year. But not so much, this year. Deaths from respiratory illness are up—way up—but that’s coronavirus, not influenza virus. Flu… Continue reading Good news

And now for something entirely other

One of the writing forums I enjoy occasionally hosts a guessing game between its members. The idea's to write a story that incorporates three prompts, and players guess who wrote which story. The prompts this summer were: (1) A magical disaster, (2) a new method of time travel, and (3) a mad scientist. Eighteen people… Continue reading And now for something entirely other