As mentioned over the weekend, I gave a talk last week for UCALL, part of a series on “The Radical Early 20th Century.” I talked about how relativity is often perceived as revolutionary, but isn’t really, while Einstein’s really revolutionary 1905 paper is often overlooked. And, having put the time into thinking about the subject,…
Today in the New York Times, Michael Pollan considers recent legal attempts to define “natural.” Why ‘Natural’ Doesn’t Mean Anything Anymore: At one extreme end of the spectrum of possible meanings, there’s nothing but nature. Our species is a result of the same process — natural selection — that created every other species, meaning that we […]
Western Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand now have birth rates that are relatively close to replacement, which means that the 'decline of the West', where developed nations birth control and abort themselves out of existence, isn't happening.
It's certainly a more optimistic demographic narrative of the future of the West than we usually get, where declining birth rates and population aging will reduce Europe and the US while Asian superpowers, such as China and India, see huge
A team of scientists from Canada and France has produced a three-dimensional density map of galaxies that spans approximately 2 billion light-years. The lighter blue and white areas on the map represent greater concentrations of galaxies. The red area is the supercluster (cluster of groups of galaxies) called the Shapley Concentration, (Shapley Supercluster), the largest [...]
Note: Information about all this is still coming in, so regard anything here as tentative. I’ll add updates to the bottom of this article as I get more reliable news
Last night, at 07:09 UTC (03:09 Eastern U.S. time), a Soyuz 2-1a rocket lifted off from Kazakhstan, carrying an uncrewed Progress capsule loaded with roughly 3 tons of food and supplies for the astronauts on the International Space Station.
After separation from the third stage, however, ground controllers got data showing