Scalia’s Funeral: A Strikingly Literal Metaphor For Burying Bigotry

An oppressor goes silent.

It’s regrettable this potent mind chose not to be an ally to personal freedom and citizen equality.


Colliding blackholes generating a spacetime hurricane.

I’m thinking physics news that amazes Hawking is historically amazing.

“This is just the first step in a much larger and more exciting development,” says Ilya Mandel, a theoretical physicist at the University of Birmingham, UK. Gravitational waves will join γ-rays, X-rays and radio waves as “part of the toolkit that we have for understanding the universe”, he says.

I love this part of the story: they auralized it.



The physicists who discovered this described the collision of these two black holes as a “storm in spacetime.”  <– ridiculously cool phrase.

Visualization of the two black holes hooking up and having a spacetime storm baby.



The historic Physical Review Letters:

Great graphics from the article:

black holes colliding

black holes colliding

Nature’s presentation of how the gravity waves were detected:

Einstein’s gravitational waves found at last

LIGO ‘hears’ space-time ripples produced by black-hole collision.


How they found it.

Einstein’s gravitational waves found at last

One hundred years after Albert Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves, scientists have finally spotted these elusive ripples in space-time. In a highly anticipated announcement, physicists with the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) revealed on 11 February that their twin detectors have heard the gravitational ‘ringing’ produced by the collision of two black holes about 400 megaparsecs (1.3 billion light-years) from Earth.






Graviton, master of gravity.

FINALLY a bioreactor for kids


Awesome. And this is exavtly  the kind of thing unlikely to have any negative unintended consequences of any kind as some of these young people become angry adolescent biohackers. Still: awesome.

Homebrew biology kit brings synthetic biology to the masses

Ever wanted to create your own organism? It’s now easier than ever. Just take a dash of E. coli, a pinch of jellyfish DNA, stir well and heat gently. As it bubbles away in a vial mounted on top of the stylish wooden box, the mixture slowly turns red.