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From blazing skies to bogus shamrock: The Giant’s Shoulders #57 is out!

The 57th edition of the history of science blog carnival The Giant’s Shoulders is up at Stories from the Stores, the Science Museum’s blog!  In this edition, you can read about: A collection of posts on meteorite history, inspired by … Continue reading

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The Giant’s Shoulders #56 is out!

The 56th edition of the history of science blog carnival, The Giant’s Shoulders, is up at The Dispersal of Darwin!  In this edition, you can read about: How a (sort of) believer in ancient astronauts almost became U.S. President, The … Continue reading

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The Giant’s Shoulders #55: Curiosities, Utility and Authority, is out!

The 55th edition of the history of science blog carnival The Giant’s Shoulders is up at The Sloane Letters Blog!  In this carnival, you can read about: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the sea monster, 19th century advice on making … Continue reading

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The Giant’s Shoulders #54, a sleigh-load of history, is out!

The 54th edition of the history of science blog carnival, The Giant’s Shoulders, is out at the blog Contagions!  In this carnival, you can read about: the forgotten Victorian romance between science and religion at Christmas time, interesting discussions of … Continue reading

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Light “tying itself in knots,” at Aeon Magazine

Those who are familiar with my blog know that one of my fields of specialty is so-called “singular optics,” the study of the behavior of light in regions where the light intensity is zero and the phase is singular.  I’ve … Continue reading

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The Giant’s Shoulders #53 is out!

The 53rd edition of The Giant’s Shoulders history of science blog carnival has appeared at The Scicurious Brain!  In this edition, you can read about: How politics and hurricanes have collided as far back as the 1600s, The historical “invasion … Continue reading

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The Giant’s Shoulders #52 — “Loads more heroes edition” — is out!

I’ve been silent on the blog for the week because I was attending the Frontiers in Optics meeting of the Optical Society of America in Rochester, NY this week.  Hopefully I’ll have more to say about that soon, but… In … Continue reading

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Best Science Writing Online 2012 is out!

I thought I’d put up a short post letting people know that the 2012 edition of the “Best Science Writing Online” has been published — and I’m in it!  You can see my name in the right-most red column on … Continue reading

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The Giant’s Shoulders #51 is out! Tales of Patriotic Science-Nerds, Vortex Cannons and Nuking the Goat

The 51st edition of The Giant’s Shoulders is up at the History of Geology blog!  As its title suggests, within the carnival you can read about: Patriotic science nerd Thomas Jefferson, who defended America’s biological honor with a moose, A very old … Continue reading

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The Giant’s Shoulders: The Fiftieth Anniversary edition is out!

The fiftieth edition of the history of science blog carnival The Giant’s Shoulders is up at From the Hands of Quacks!  In this lovely edition, you can read about science history in the Olympics, new blogs on women in science, … Continue reading

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