Daily Archives: 14 May 2013

On My Bookshelf: Are We Being Watched?

I just finished Paul Murdin’s 2013 book, Are We Being Watched? The subtitle gives it away as a science book, not conspiracy theory: The Search for Life in the Cosmos. An astronomer pens a book that amasses planetary science, geology, … Continue reading

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Satellite Imagination: Pioneer’s Near Miss

In 1961, UCLA grad student Michael Minovitch (image here) figured out the gravity assist maneuver for space travel. The young mathematician, working for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), crunched some numbers. And the numbers showed that if a rocket was aimed … Continue reading

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Another Day of Easter

A lovely quote from Gerard Manley Hopkins: Let him easter in us, be a dayspring to the dimness of us, be a crimson-cresseted east.

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The Anti-Abortion Domino Effect

I’ve hesitated commenting on Cardinal O’Malley’s self-disinvite from BC’s commencement. He seems to be a smart guy. I don’t know why a supercardinal would resort to the tired old strategy of boycotting a college’s honorary speaker. In the past, on … Continue reading

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Pacem In Terris 55-56: Essentials of the Common Good

The “common good” may seem a bit nebulous. After all, many in the neo-aristocracy promote a twisted version of this, namely that what’s good for the rich, is always good for the non-rich. Pope John would seem to shatter that … Continue reading

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Canterbury Cathedral

I was reading of the needful situation at Canterbury Cathedral. It’s not going to shut down, though. Spokesperson Christopher Robinson: The Germans didn’t force us to close Canterbury Cathedral during the Second World War. So there’s no chance it will … Continue reading

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