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Celestial Update

Back in the 18th century, observing the Transit of Venus took a ridiculous amount of effort, involving ships, draft animals, wagons with wooden wheels, and telescopes made by the best optics engineer in the world. Today — say it with me — there's an app
This brief transit
By JEFF INGLIS  |  June 01, 2012

Extreme Science Fair

When I met them, Julia Crowley-Farenga and Patrick Loftus were hanging out in front of their science project, "Morphological Classification of Post-Starburst Galaxies."
Dept. of nerdery
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  November 18, 2011

Rain check

We have just the thing to cure your summer-vacation blues: Maine, from the inside.
When bad weather strikes, just go indoors!
By ANDREW STEINBEISER  |  June 18, 2010

Of Doctor Tremendanus and the giant furry jellyfish

It was New Year’s Eve and in the belly of the Roxy nightclub, away from the teeming Bright Night crowds, there were monsters on the loose: creatures with protruding noses, googly eyes, and spindly legs.
 Monsters, Inc.
By ABIGAIL CROCKER  |  January 08, 2010

Evidence of white trash found on red planet

The Yankee Yard comes to Mars
By DAVID KISH  |  January 08, 2010

50 ways to leave 2009

We sent a team of future-thinking Predator drones all across the state of Maine, and a little ways down into Seacoast New Hampshire to sniff out any NYE happenings, from barely-off-the-couch to the Maine mountains, all the way to interstellar travel (we'
Get your New Year's Eve down to an Auld Lang science
By JEFF INGLIS  |  January 01, 2010


2009: The year in Phoenix blog posts

Our most popular blog posts from 2009
Michael Jackson, meteors, WBCN, and one very angry Obama
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 18, 2009
Happy Carl Sagan Day!

Happy Carl Sagan Day!

Caleb P.'s Carl Sagan jack-o-lantern [via Nick Sagan's blog]In the 1980s, astronomy legend Carl Sagan achieved the impossible: he actually made science popular, thanks to...
By Carrie Battan  |  November 07, 2009

Music Seen: Book Of The Dead, Apocryphonic, Surreal Vision

With as many talented musicians as there are in Portland, the occasional "super-group" is inevitable.
At Geno’s | September 24
By DAN CLARK  |  October 02, 2009

Space hot dogs

EDITORIAL NOTE In a bad economy everyone needs more creative advertising, even the good folks at NASA, who just wrapped up their You Control the Hubble Contest.
Really out there
By DAVID KISH  |  April 01, 2009

Epochalypse soon

The end times do indeed commence on December 21, 2012.  On that date, this fragile blue orb of ours will suddenly cease to be a very fun place to live.
The end is nigh! Or not.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  March 25, 2009


Puzzle Quest: Galactrix

It's appropriate that the new Puzzle Quest game should take place in space. Just like a black hole, it's impossible to resist; you wind up crushed into a subatomic particle.
Puzzle Quest drifts off course once more
By MITCH KRPATA  |  March 10, 2009

Folk yeah

For years now, T.T. the Bear's Place has boldly addressed the problem of what to do on Monday nights, when one's brainmeats are still tender from all that weekending.
The other side of the Bear cures the Mondays
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  February 03, 2009

Class of the Titans

Hypothesis: If a band perform a tribute to a parody musical act, does it create a meta-textual black hole from which no form of entertainment can escape?
By DAN CLARK  |  December 23, 2008

An intriguing trio

There were 196 plays submitted to Perishable Theatre, and three were chosen for the 14th International Women’s Playwriting Festival.  
Perishable’s Women’s Playwriting Festival
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 22, 2008

The good news

When David Alan Grier promises that he’s “filling TV’s black hole” with his chocolate flavor, you know it’s gonna be good.  
David Alan Grier fills "TV's black hole" with Chocolate News
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  October 08, 2008


Back to school

It’s a veritable survey of cosmic philosophies, thinly veiled as (highly entertaining) drunk talk.
Harbor Light's trolley-ride through time
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 21, 2008

Monday, we're in love

Witnessing the Cure was like an inexplicably uplifting trip through a never-ending black hole.
The Cure, Agannis Arena, May 12, 2008
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 19, 2008

Dark matter

This first film by Chinese director Chen Shi-Zheng and American screenwriter Billy Shebar is an intelligent, well-acted TV-level movie.
An astonishingly unpredictable ending
By GERALD PEARY  |  April 09, 2008

Center of the universe

Triangulations are many and charged in the Tesmans’ circle, and for newlywed Hedda Tesman, née Gabler, it is imperative to be an apex.
Mad Horse moves Hedda Gabler to the ’50s
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 09, 2008

Signals from the solar system

Pluto may have been downgraded to a dwarf planet, but Jupiter is still respected for its size, its moons, and the regularity of its orbit.
Daniel McCusker at Tufts, Kelley Donovan at the Dance Complex
By DEBRA CASH  |  March 18, 2008


Strategy session

Let’s get the important part out of the way first: Sins of a Solar Empire has the best name of any game you’ll play this year, or even this decade.
The venial Sins of a Solar Empire
By MITCH KRPATA  |  March 11, 2008

Mind Games I

The imagination knows its own way, but it sometimes needs marching orders.
Imagination A-Go-Go at Elemental
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 29, 2008

Dancing queens

Conceived as a spinoff from the vintage BBC kids’ show Doctor Who , Torchwood has since come into its own
BBC America’s Torchwood
By JAMES PARKER  |  January 22, 2008

December 14, 2007

Weekly forecast
By SYMBOLINE DAI  |  December 12, 2007

Star trek

At its best, Super Mario Galaxy feels as liberating as the first three-dimensional Mario game, Super Mario 64 .
Super Mario Galaxy blasts off
By MITCH KRPATA  |  December 10, 2007


Untrue north

Just as there are many universes in the world of Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass (published in Great Britain as Northern Lights ), so there are many movies in this New Line adaptation.
This Compass doesn't point to Pullman
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 05, 2007

Riddim science

For more than a decade, Jake Trussell (a/k/a DJ C) was a central figure in Boston’s electronic-music underground.
DJ C and Area C
By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  November 14, 2007

Sand storm

Tonight, you can get a taste of new Zox as they preview Line In the Sand , their first album of original material for SideOneDummy Records.
Zox share some new songs at Decibel Live and online
By BOB GULLA  |  November 13, 2007

Trash talk

Trash night. Trash night, trash night, trash night. Abfallnacht , as they probably call it in Germany.
Who knew recycling, shorter showers, and organic spinach could cause such angst?
By JAMES PARKER  |  November 07, 2007