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Redefining the meaning of “Epidemic”

One of the odd characteristics of our times seems to be that, rather like in Alice In Wonderland, words increasingly mean whatever people want them to mean. So now “gay” means “homosexual”, and “liberal” means more or less the opposite … Continue reading

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Celebrity Smokers Will Be Targeted

Hat tip to Vlad for this Daily Mail article: Picking up another habit, Jeremy? Clarkson, 57, is demolishing ten packets of nicotine chewing gum per DAY as he battles to quit his 43-year smoking addiction. The TV presenter announced he … Continue reading

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Close Approach of Asteroid 2012 TC4

There’s an interesting astronomical event coming up on 12 October 2017: the close approach of asteroid 2012 TC4. What’s interesting about it is that astronomers don’t really know how close it’s going to come to the Earth. And this is … Continue reading

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The Plucked String Theory of Gravitation

In a Skype conversation with GaryK yesterday (one of the first in my planned series of conversations with smokers), I was trying to explain to him my new theory of gravitation. I’m not sure I succeeded. Over the past 20 … Continue reading

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Pure Geometry

Isn’t it a strange world that we live in? It’s one in which everybody knows that smoking causes lung cancer, but nobody seems to know who shot JFK. Hardened veteran readers will know that the assassination of JFK is one of my … Continue reading

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The Futile Search for Planet 9

I got interested in Planet 9 a week or so back. Planet 9 is a theoretical planet, estimated to be 3 or 4 times the size of the Earth, in a highly elliptical 20,000 year orbit around the Sun. And … Continue reading

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Bandeirantes Beach

I’m a model builder. I build models of all sorts of things. And over the last 20 or so years I’ve slowly built a model – a computer simulation model – of the solar system, with all the planets going … Continue reading

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