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Nancy and Caroline enjoying a visit to NASA in Houston. In the background is a full size training mockup of a Shuttle (sans wings). Today‚Äôs Shuttle launch was delayed because of bad weather. Since I was helping Rob move, I would have missed it on TV. (I also would have missed two awesome World Cup […]

Economic science can make the World Cup even more fun. Penalty kicks are a rare real-life manifestation of two-person zero-sum games. Gelf Magazine: The Game Theory of Penalty Kicks.

NASA astronomers got some cool video of a 10 inch diameter meteoroid hitting the moon. You may think that is a small object, and it is. However, it was moving fast. When it hit at 85,000 miles per hour, that kinetic energy was mostly changed to heat energy, 4 billion joules worth, creating a flash […]