‘Ghostbusters’: I ain’t afraid of no ball-busting

Coming from a background in theater criticism, I’ve been baffled by the animosity toward the gender-switch in the classic 1984 comedy, “Ghostbusters.”  Don’t discount this new version version of “Ghostbusters” with a female team, but also don’t forget that the original wasn’t perfect. In the theater, some playwrights revise their popular plays, expressly to include women.…

Press release: Dawn and Ceres

Scientists with NASA’s Dawn mission have identified permanently shadowed regions on the dwarf planet Ceres. Most of these areas likely have been cold enough to trap water ice for a billion years, suggesting that ice deposits could exist there now. “The conditions on Ceres are right for accumulating deposits of water ice,” said Norbert Schorghofer,…

Press release: Mars dusty, frosty year-round

Some dusty parts of Mars get as cold at night year-round as the planet’s poles do in winter, even regions near the equator in summer, according to new NASA findings based on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter observations. The surface in these regions becomes so frigid overnight that an extremely thin layer of carbon dioxide frost appears…

#WhiteInventions, Google doodle and diversity

This morning the hashtag #WhiteInventions was trending on Twitter. Two people commented that the Google Doodle celebrating the successful Juno probe insert was incorrect in showing diversity simply because the panel members for the press conference were all white people. The photo shows Geoff Yoder, Diane Brown, Scott Bolton, Rick Nybakken and Steve Levin. I…