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R.I.P. Stephen Hawking (1942-2018) March 14, 2018

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Very sad news in the world of science today.

Visionary Physicist Stephen Hawking Dead at 76

The amazing Stephen Hawking has died. I can’t honestly say that I know all that much about Stephen Hawking, other than the stuff that is publicly available about him, but his seminal work, A Brief History of Time, is one of those works that everyone knows about and that has had a profound influence on me in my science tastes and flavours. Known for many books, Hawking’s work has not only had a profound influence on various physical sciences, but he also was the major reason that so many of our scientists today became interested in science in the first place. I can also say that he influenced my interest in astrophysics, quantum physics, time travel and several other sciences as well.

And now, he’s gone.

Rest In Peace, Dr. Hawking. You lived longer than everyone (including you) expected to live, and you lived an exceptional life and contrbuted not only to the sciences but to being human as well.

And for those of us who survive you in the world:

“Remember to look up at the stars.”

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International Human Rights Day December 10, 2017

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Just a reminder to folks.

Today is International Human Rights Day.

This seems like a good day for a donation to your favourite or preferred organisations waging these advocacy battles around the globe. Oh, and if you’ve got some suggestions for organisations worthy of support, please leave a note in the Comments section about this.

R.I.P. Stephen Furst (1955-2017) June 17, 2017

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Sad news in the entertainment industry once more today, especially for fans of the Babylon 5 tv series and movies.

Animal House Actor, Stephen Furst, Dead at 63

Actor Stephen Furst, has died of complications of diabetes. He was 63. While many knew him best as Flounder in Animal House (1978), I was better acquainted with the actor through his role as Dr. Axelrod in St. Elsewhere (1982-1988) and his role as Vir Cotto on Babylon 5, though he also had a myriad of roles in other tv shows, movies, and the like.

R.I.P. Stephen Furst. A toast to absent friends, in memory still bright. Farewell, on behalf of a grateful Centauri Republic. May you sleep in light.

Waterworld Evidence April 30, 2017

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Oh my Goddess.

Blue Planet got it right!

Bayesian Evidence for the Presence of Waterworlds

Neat. 🙂

R.I.P. Miguel Ferrer (1955 – 2017) January 20, 2017

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Sad news out of the entertainment industry once more yesterday.

Actor Miguel Ferrer Dead at 61

Miguel (José) Ferrer was an American actor and voice actor mostly known for villainous roles, notably Bob Morton, the designer of the title character in RoboCop (1987). He also voiced the antagonistic Hun leader Shan Yu in Mulan (1998) and Big Boss in Rio 2 (2014). His other notable roles include Dr. Garret Macy on Crossing Jordan (2001-2007), NCIS Assistant Director Owen Granger on NCIS: Los Angeles (2012-2017), Vice President Rodriguez in Iron Man 3 (2013), and FBI forensic pathologist Albert Rosenfield in Twin Peaks (1990-1991, 2017).

I’ve seen quite a few of his works in television and the movies, but I absolutely loved his work in Crossing Jordan and Twin Peaks, and noticed his appearances in all sorts of other stuff that he worked on. A truly phenomenal actor, and a lovely man.

Rest In Peace, Miguel Ferrer.

You will be missed.

Forgotten Women of Science are Remembered in a New Exhibition at Burlington House January 18, 2017

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New exhibition, Raising Horizons, features important women in science. Their portraits have been recreated by fourteen women who are leaders in their scientific fields.

Forgotten Women of Science are Remembered in a New Exhibition at Burlington House

An Ancient Cone-Shaped Creature Finally Gets a Branch on the Tree of Life January 12, 2017

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After 175 years, scientists have figured out where to classify the extinct hyolith.

An Ancient Cone-Shaped Creature Finally Gets a Branch on the Tree of Life

‘Beautiful’ Dinosaur Tail Found Preserved in Amber January 10, 2017

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The tail of a feathered dinosaur has been found perfectly preserved in amber from Myanmar.

‘Beautiful’ Dinosaur Tail Found Preserved in Amber

Researchers Say They’ve Found a Bit of Fossilized Dinosaur Brain January 10, 2017

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A rusty-brown rock found on a beach by a fossil hunter might contain a bit of preserved dinosaur brain.

Researchers Say They’ve Found a Bit of Fossilized Dinosaur Brain

Palaeo Profile: The Mud Dragon January 5, 2017

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This new dinosaur adds to the big picture of how the terrible lizards were faring at the end of the Cretaceous.

Palaeo Profile: The Mud Dragon