A whole bunch of interesting science and technology has been in the news over the past few days. I’d love to blog about all of it, but have no chance of finding the time to do it in any depth, so here’s a quick overview of some interesting topics to get you started on your own explorations:
Apollo 8 — the 40th anniversary
40 years ago this past Sunday (the 21st), three astronauts were launched on their way to circumnavigate the moon. This was the first time that the feat had been attempted, much less with humans on board, and resulted in some really iconic moments.
WhiteNightTwo test flight
The carrier aircraft for the upcoming SpaceShipTwo commercial suborbital space plane made its first test flight Sunday. This is another incremental, but important, step forward toward commercial (suborbital) space tourism — if you’ve got the $200,000 for a seat!
Evolution and Creationism
The January issue of Scientific American is devoted to evolution, and its stirring up some discussion of the old creationism vs. evolution meme.
President-elect Obama’s pick for Science Advisor was hardly announced when the “usual suspects” opened up on him with a broad assortment of smears. I think the pick is encouraging for three reasons — (1) it’s made before Obama even enters office (vs. Bush, who didn’t pick anybody with a science bent until 8 months after his inauguration), (2) the position is just shy of a cabinet-level seat, (3) Holdren is “a climate guy.”