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How possible is Star Wars? Episode I: Is faster-than-light travel possible?

May 4, 2017 Back in 1977, a movie inspired people to dream of a galaxy far, far away. It also caused a lot of kids to demand their parents buy a seemingly never-ending stream of action figures. That movie is

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Bollywood star aims to fight animal cruelty

Bollywood. Like a lot of westerners, I am not familiar with it. I can only base my personal impression  on a few snippets that I’ve seen. That impression: Bollywood movies are colorful and musical. That’s about all I know. That,

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‘Buffy’ changed sci-fi TV

Originally published in the Batesville Daily Guard March 17, 2017 If you didn’t know, it’s the 40th anniversary of the theatrical release of “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.” There’s a lot of buzz and fanfare about the anniversary,

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What will automation leave in its wake?

Originally published in the Batesville Daily Guard March 2, 2017 There’s been a lot of talk about “bringing jobs back” to America since the 2016 presidential campaigns kicked off in 2015. Between 2000 and 2010, 5.6 million manufacturing jobs disappeared from

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So, what the heck is NASA good for anyway?

Originally printed in the Batesville Daily Guard “Why do we need a space program? We got problems on Earth we need to worry about.” Thus is the most repeated, and probably most uninformed, statement against having a government-funded space program

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Yes, measles is a ‘big deal’

Originally published in the Batesville Daily Guard The handful of measles cases reported in Memphis last week has re-ignited the never-ending online debate about whether to vaccinate or not. Pro-vaccine and anti-vaccine folks keep recycling the same arguments about whether vaccines

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