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The Star That Trolled Astronomers

It blinks like an alien beacon. It’s in outer space like an alien beacon. But it’s not an alien beacon. Just what is it?

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Texting Revisited

Via Slate. I was really impressed with this short film directed by Victoria Mapplebeck, about a romantic relationship she revisited after discovering an old Nokia cell phone. (It was one of those 3000 model series that’s indestructible according to the … Continue reading

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The Apollo Program’s Loneliest Astronauts

Ever wonder what Michael Collins and the Command Module Pilots of the Apollo Moon missions did while their colleagues were taking small steps and giant leaps? Find out in this video I wrote for SciShow Space!

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The Truth About the Million-Dollar Space Pen

Check out this video I wrote for SciShow Space! Did NASA really waste a ton of money to make a pen that could write in space? Why not just copy the Soviets, and use pencils?

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It’s Just… Television

Let me say up front that I think Anthony Hopkins is a fantastic actor. I haven’t had a chance to see Westworld, either, so it’s entirely possible I’d think it’s a great show. But I don’t think this scene deserves the … Continue reading

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The VVicked VVitch of Nevv England

If you’re looking for a creepy movie to give you the vvillies this Hallovveen, might I suggest The VVitch? It came out earlier this year, and vvhile critics seemed to like it, a lot of mainstream audiences vveren’t sure vvhat to … Continue reading

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Consider the Source: Masada Part II

Previously on the blog: Andrew writes about an obscure TV miniseries from the 1980s called Masada. He raves about Peter O’Toole’s acting and Jerry Goldsmith’s music. He criticizes David Warner’s sissy villain Roman politician. And now… the exciting conclusion: The TV miniseries Masada takes … Continue reading

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Why Are Rockets Launched in Florida?

Ever wonder why NASA launches most of its rockets from Florida, of all places? Turns out NASA has a need- a need for speed. Check out this video I wrote for SciShow Space- and don’t forget to click here and subscribe!

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Battlefield 1

“In the end, the film would merely consist in showing a victim, a man who had been subjected to an entirely unjust and appalling fate, and, on the other, the mechanism leading up to it. This would be inappropriate, for … Continue reading

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There’s No Such Thing as a Universal Trump Card

I’ve gone back and forth about writing something here about Donald Trump for months. It’s off topic. I don’t have anything to say that hasn’t been said elsewhere. I don’t hear a broad audience clamoring for my opinion. Still, I … Continue reading

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