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Mini-Science 2015 Q&A: “From telescopes to microscopes: Looking for little green bugs on Mars”

At the conclusion of each Mini-Science lecture, audience members submit their questions to the evening’s presenter. If there is not enough time to answer them all on the spot, some of the other unanswered questions are sent to the presenter for posting here. Here are questions from Professor Lyle Whyte’s lecture “From telescopes to microscopes: Looking [...]

Mini-Science 2015 Q&A: “Seeing the big bang”

At the conclusion of each Mini-Science lecture, audience members submit their questions to the evening’s presenter. If there is not enough time to answer them all on the spot, some of the other unanswered questions are sent to the presenter for posting here. Here are questions from Professor Matt Dobbs’ lecture “Seeing the big bang” [...]

Hello, Goodbye

In 2001, Suzanne Vega wrote a song called I’ll never be your Maggie May, where the last verse starts, “And so a woman leaves a man, and so the world turns on its end”. She pitches the line ironically; on the surface, she means the opposite of what she says: the breakup of relationships, people [...]

The very intense man

Everything happens. Not, everything has happened, or everything will happen, everything happens. Years ago I was invited to attend a lecture by a famous scientist, and asked to introduce the scientist. Remarks were prepared for me, and after I introduced myself, I read them to the crowd and then the scientist took the stage. He [...]

The green flash

In the history of human affairs, occasions of importance are sometimes signaled by natural events of unusual and unexpected providence. Think of the blood moon of a lunar eclipse, a flood of biblical proportion, comets raining from the sky, or an anomalously bright star shining high and constant above a shepherd’s field. These can signal [...]