This week’s three publications to read are...
Phil Plait, Bad Astronomy
What’s it about? The universe, as interpreted by astronomer, mad scientist, and goat herder Phil Plait.
Worth reading: “0g dancing, coal crossing over”
Key line: “This is a fascinating — and quite honestly tremendously exciting — stat: Solar and wind power have dropped in price so much that we could replace nearly 75% of all coal-fired power plants and immediately save money for consumers. For most of the U.S., just operating and maintaining coal plants is now more expensive than installing solar/wind from scratch.”
Ariel Meadow Stallings, Arielist
What’s it about? NSFW personal development, notes on the publishing business, and “lapdances for god”
Worth reading: “Confessions of a divorced wedding blogger”
Key line: “Four years on the other side of my divorce, I’ve come to understand that failed marriages aren’t mistakes. These days, I look at photos of newlyweds and don’t want anyone to run… I think to myself, ‘Ooh, I hope you’re ready to sink your teeth in!’”
James Maynard, The Cosmic Companion
What’s it about? News and history of astronomy and space exploration.
Worth reading: “The Cosmic Companion October 5, 2019”
Key line: “Astronomers discovered previously-unknown galaxies in a cluster from the early Universe, organic material was detected erupting from the geysers of Enceladus around Saturn, and a new idea suggests dark matter could be fuzzy.”
James’s credits: Science journalist, web developer, former owner of a science store.