How the atom bomb shaped the Silver Age of comics.
I wrote this piece for The Appendix about the ways the atomic transformations of Silver Age Marvel heroes both reflected the scientific concerns of the time and turned the heroes into powerful atomic weapons.
Meet the first human-related species to be identified with more than fossil records.
My first piece for The Atlantic ran this morning. It’s about the Denisovans, a human cousin who lived alongside us in east and southeast Asia, and interbred with some Homo sapien populations. The fossil record is scant — two molars and a pinky toe — but we pieced together its lineage through DNA, and found a few more mysteries along the way.
When they embarked on an epic adventure, the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft launched humanity on a bold new era of exploration.
National Geographic’s story detailing the Voyager missions is fantastic. Give it a read … and a listen … and a look.
Tiny skeleton from Indonesia’s Flores island is unique ancient species, insist researchers
I guess we’re learning to take any disputed news about the Homo floresiensis with a grain of salt. It seems that the many explanations offered over the years for it NOT being a new species originate with Kenneth Hsu, a geologist with no evolutionary training who happens to be a well known, oft-cited creationist, and an adovocate for non-anthropogenic climate change. He’s the author of The Great Dying, which ties the death of dinosaurs in with a refutation of survival of the fittest in blatantly unscientific ways. So of course someone like that would want to deny that a species distantly related to humans (possibly a branching off of Homo erectus) would want to work to disprove it as another species.
Ever wondered what the surface of a comet looks like? Here’s one thanks to Rosetta.
Webster Cash’s Aragoscope would allow astronomers glimpses of faraway stars and galaxies in unprecedented resolution.
This is a really cool project. The number of stars we’ve resolved is small. If all goes according to plan with this (and it gets built) we could resolve stars and event horizons of black holes. That’s pretty great.