Star Party

Saturday night the Roper Mountain Astronomers and Furman University’s Physics Department hosted a star party at the Furman observatory near Cleveland, SC. I decided to load up my telescope and head on up that way. I arrived to find the party in full swing. Jerry Polsinelli had brought the club’s 14in Dobsonian and had it … Continue reading Star Party


That was one of the terms used by a panelist on the discussion program following Discovery’s "The Tomb of Jesus Revealed" to describe the program. We watched the entire two hour program and found the ideas intriguing, albeit not "compelling" as Simcha Jacobovici, the filmmaker, contends. I found it to be about as intriguing as … Continue reading Archeoporn

Nobel Chemistry

Sometime back I took one of these cutesy online tests – this time it was a "Nerd Test" to see how nerdy I am.  I don’t dare give you the score, but look at it this way – I keep a blog.  That should say enough.  As I read the questions, it occured to me … Continue reading Nobel Chemistry

Thinking Small

The Summer 2005 issue of Furman Magazine had a six-page write-up of Laura’s research in nanotechnology.  The issue featured interviews with her, several of her students, and colleagues that are working on the project.  It also has images taken with her scanning, tunnelling microscope (STM) and atomic force microscope (AFM).  Needless to say, I’m quite … Continue reading Thinking Small

Yesterday’s Tomorrows

July 4, 2004 – If we were to believe science fiction predictions, by today’s date the following would have already come to pass… The Jupiter 2 would be lost in space with a family named Robinson, a madman named Smith, and a robot named, well, Robot. From the television series Lost in Space, broadcast from … Continue reading Yesterday’s Tomorrows