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Are we freeloaders if we install solar?

Judging from responses to my earlier post, not everyone is happy about incentives for installing solar power. One person said the government shouldn’t encourage projects that don’t make financial sense on their own...

March 13, 2009 — George Musser

Which came first--galaxies or black holes?

LONG BEACH, CALIF.—One of the oddities of the universe revealed over the past decade is that galaxies and the giant black holes at their hubs fit together as if they were made for each other...

January 7, 2009 — George Musser

Did the universe mature at an early age?

LONG BEACH, CALIF.—You might think that the universe 11.5 billion years ago was in a more primitive state than it is today. Barely two billion years had passed since the big bang, our Milky Way galaxy was still taking shape, and billions more years would pass before the sun pulled itself together...

January 7, 2009 — George Musser

The Milky Weigh Galaxy

LONG BEACH, CALIF.—One of the unnerving aspects of astronomy as a science is how astronomers continue to argue over measurements you’d have thought they settled long ago.

January 5, 2009 — George Musser
I See Doomed People

I See Doomed People

The director of The Happening, M. Night Shyamalan, talks about his scientific and environmental inspirations

June 13, 2008 — George Musser

The big bang in musical form

I talked to string theorist Brian Greene earlier this afternoon about the upcoming World Science Festival, and he remarked about how many artists of all types, from painters to musicians to choreographers, have been inspired by scientific discoveries...

April 4, 2008 — George Musser

Catching No Rays

Missing in action: ultraenergetic cosmic rays from the Virgo cluster

March 17, 2008 — George Musser

Explorer 1 at 50

Apparently, the engineers and scientists who launched America's first satellite partied as hard as they worked. They dressed up as outhouses for the masquerade ball and rolled on the floor with their bop...

January 31, 2008 — George Musser
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