on Alternative Writing Implements

Ever considered owning a fountain pen? In my mind (and my wife’s) fountain pens were those fancy super-expensive hard-to-use pens that rich snobs and characters from Victorian period dramas use to write elegant notes in perfect penmanship. They’re not for anyone who makes less than six figures, owns only one car, or isn’t devoting their…

on WriteLaTeX

(this post originally appeared in a slightly different form on bdnyc.org) We all love Google Docs. It’s a functional and convenient way to share and collaboratively edit documents across platforms, time zones, and even continents. We in the BDNYC group use it extensively. But what if you want to write a scientific paper? Google Docs,…

on Red Brown Dwarfs

Brown dwarfs are very small and dim objects made of hydrogen and helium. Often considered failed stars (or highly successful planets), they’re a bridge between stars (which fuse hydrogen into helium) and gas giant planets like Jupiter (which don’t).

on the Castor system

Spend enough time looking at any subject, and you’ll eventually come to have your favorites. Since my time working on the RECONS 25 parsec database, I have a few systems that I look for (and look forward to).  One of them is Castor, one of the stars visible to the unaided eye and brightest star…