Science Saturday

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Remember way back last week when I told you about seeing a supernova from your back yard? Yeah, well, astronomers want your help in studying it.

I’m always fascinated by stories like this because my Zoology professor in college was the first to make me investigate human evolutionary theory, and I started with Australopithecus afarensis. Not an exaggeration to say it changed my life. So, who was Australopithecus sediba?

Hormones affect finger length.

NASA is on its way back to the moon. They launched successfully today.

Call me unsurprised that Texas Governor Rick Perry doesn’t understand history either, at least when it comes to what Galileo was dealing with when defending the Copernican view of the solar system,


Brian Spears is Senior Poetry Editor of The Rumpus and the author of A Witness in Exile (Louisiana Literature Press, 2011). His poem “Upon Reading That Andromeda Will One Day Devour Triangulum and Come For Us Next” was featured in Season 9 of Motion Poems. More from this author →