Colorado wildfires aren’t so big

Given the play of the Waldo Canyon (Colorado Springs), High Park (Fort Collins) and Boulder (Flatirons) wildfires, I’m getting notes and calls from folks worried that flames are approaching our home in east Denver, 20 miles from the nearest...

‘Jars’ wins Colorado Book Award

My book, From Jars to the Stars, won the 2011 Colorado Book Award for History at the annual Colorado Humanities and Center for the Book ceremony in Aspen last Friday. This is particularly gratifying to me because, being the history category...

Apolitical record-temperatures map

A politically neutral map of record temperatures in the United States, courtesy of Climate Central. If you’re in Virginia, check it out before the state legislature bans the use of the term “record temperature” in reference to...

You think it’s hot out there now…

Washington D.C. hit 99 degrees Fahrenheit today; we in Denver have been in that neighborhood a few days already this June, and are headed back this weekend. The average June high is here supposed to be 83. We’ve had roughly zero precip; the...

Hurry-Up Satellites

Smithsonian Air & Space Magazine has published my feature on an interesting — and very much threatened — U.S. government effort to assemble and launch satellites within a week of a pressing need. It takes years now. The...

Splitting hairs: SpaceX and the ISS

Great news from SpaceX today: Their dragon capsule has linked up with the International Space Station. From the news release I got emailed to me a bit ago: Dragon Becomes First Commercial Spacecraft to Attach to the Space Station Today, Space...