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Manhattan Sunset

Sunset on Manhattanhenge

Comments on Manhattanhenge, when the sun aligns with New York's street grid.

Sunset on the World Trade Center

Sunset on the World Trade Center

Reflections on the World Trade Center.

City of Stars

City of Stars

A special issue of Natural History magazine dedicated to astronomical phenomena in the City of New York.

Fear of Numbers

Natural History Magazine

A review of all the ways society exhibits its fear of number, including the absence of a 13th floor in many office buildings.

Over the Rainbow

Natural History Magazine

The study of spectra is the most important means by which we decode the nature of the universe.

By Any Other Name

Natural History Magazine

A rant about jargon, with persistent comparisons between the transparent, polysyllabic words of astronomy "Red Giant", "Big bang" and the intractable words of nearly every other scientific discipline, including medicine.

Coming to Our Senses

Natural History Magazine

A study of how modern understanding of the universe comes to us through methods, tools, and tactics that extend far beyond our native five senses to detect.

The Beginning of Science

Natural History Magazine

A strong rebuttal to the widely cited book "The End of Science" by John Horgan.

The Universe as a Muse

Natural History Magazine

Exploring the trend of cosmic themes that serve as the artist's muse in much the same way that religious themes served artist's creativity during the Renaissance.

On Earth As in the Heavens

Natural History Magazine

How we came to learn that the laws of nature we measure here on Earth apply through the universe.

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