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. 

My Denisovans piece is on the front page of Digg today. Pretty exciting.

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. 

National Geographic’s story detailing the Voyager missions is fantastic. Give it a read … and a listen … and a look. 

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 Dyingwhich 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


12 Forgotten Superhero Movies

(as if we could ever forget Shaq in Steel.)

An article / list I wrote on things near and dear to my heart: B-movies and superheroes. 

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.