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The 120 Sided Die

120 Sided Die

What’s the largest number of sides you can have on a die without it 1) becoming the size that makes it cumbersome to use, and 2) prevents it from rolling forever due to it approaching the shape of a sphere, …

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Beautiful Chemical Reactions

When people think of beauty in nature they think at the macroscopic level . . . trees, mountains, sweeping vistas, wind swept deserts bathed in the light of a setting sun.  But there’s a whole level of nature that is …

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Review: Anathem by Neal Stephenson

Anathem by Neal Stephenson

Anathem In New Orth, an aut by which an incorrigible fraa or suur is ejected from the math and his or her work sequestered (hence the Fluccish word Anathema meaning intolerable statements or ideas). See Throwback.  (The Dictionary, 4th Edition, …

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Understanding the Fermi Paradox

I’ve mentioned the Fermi Paradox in several articles over the months, mainly related to book reviews involving contact with alien civilizations.  But I never really felt the need to elaborate on the idea.  Everyone knows what the Fermi Paradox is, …

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Augmented Reality Is In Your Future

Microsoft HoloLens

Augmented reality is in your future.  It is.  You just don’t know it yet. What was science fiction 20, 10, even 5 years ago is quickly becoming reality.  Maybe not as an inexpensive and accessible consumer product, but as a …

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StarTalk Interviews George Takei

StarTalk, Neil deGrasse Tyson’s new science/talk show premiers on Nat Geo this coming Monday, April 20, 2015.  The theme of the first episode is, naturally and obviously, Star Trek.  In this clip George Takei tells Neil deGrasse Tyson about his …

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Leonard Nimoy, 1931-2015

Today we lost Leonard Nimoy at the age of 83. Nimoy was best know for playing the enigmatic Spock in the legendary Star Trek franchise.  Most recently he reprised his roll for Star Trek Into Darkness.  But many fans don’t …

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