Armchair Astrophysics Archive

  • Juniper’s Big Adventure By Declan and his mom Declan and I wrote this together by hand, passing the notebook back and forth, each taking a turn at contributing a line […]

    An interdimensional mother-son story

    Juniper’s Big Adventure By Declan and his mom Declan and I wrote this together by hand, passing the notebook back and forth, each taking a turn at contributing a line […]

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  • I have become an aficionado of science documentaries; a connoisseur of Cosmos, a knower of Nova and a devotee of the Discovery Channel. Because space remains the iron core of […]

    Constructing immortality

    I have become an aficionado of science documentaries; a connoisseur of Cosmos, a knower of Nova and a devotee of the Discovery Channel. Because space remains the iron core of […]

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  • Dear Declan, You are six today. Six! That’s halfway to twelve. That’s one-third of the way to 18. You’ve grown so much this year. Taller. Wiser. Kinder.  More confident, and […]

    A note to my boy, who is six today

    Dear Declan, You are six today. Six! That’s halfway to twelve. That’s one-third of the way to 18. You’ve grown so much this year. Taller. Wiser. Kinder.  More confident, and […]

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  • The other day, my son was asked to draw a picture of something he is grateful for. He made semi-scribbly, red twisty lines. Above them, he wrote “DNA.” I asked […]

    The re-education of a science mom

    The other day, my son was asked to draw a picture of something he is grateful for. He made semi-scribbly, red twisty lines. Above them, he wrote “DNA.” I asked […]

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  • I’ll always drive an extra mile for the sake of a reasonably-priced artichoke. In my daily swim through the morass of marketing e-newsletters that are available, I accidentally found an […]

    The John Wayne of Meijer

    I’ll always drive an extra mile for the sake of a reasonably-priced artichoke. In my daily swim through the morass of marketing e-newsletters that are available, I accidentally found an […]

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  • Ever since he was the whole universe when he was two, he has gotten progressively smaller and smaller. He’s been planning to be the dejected, ex-planet Pluto since last Halloween, […]

    Solar System ejection blues

    Ever since he was the whole universe when he was two, he has gotten progressively smaller and smaller. He’s been planning to be the dejected, ex-planet Pluto since last Halloween, […]

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  • Known to the blogging world as WhyMommy, Susan Niebur is an astrophysicist, a mother to two young boys, an advocate for cancer education and research, and a survivor. Since 2007, […]

    Team WhyMommy Virtual Science Fair

    Known to the blogging world as WhyMommy, Susan Niebur is an astrophysicist, a mother to two young boys, an advocate for cancer education and research, and a survivor. Since 2007, […]

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  • As we drove home from school today, Declan told me that he knew nanodiamonds could keep our dog Arrow from dying. Now, Arrow is barely six years old and pretty […]

    Passings

    As we drove home from school today, Declan told me that he knew nanodiamonds could keep our dog Arrow from dying. Now, Arrow is barely six years old and pretty […]

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  • If you are looking for ideas about how to engage children with science, Mama Joules has got resources and fresh ideas about everything from physics to geology to gardening. I […]

    Interview at Mama Joules’ place

    If you are looking for ideas about how to engage children with science, Mama Joules has got resources and fresh ideas about everything from physics to geology to gardening. I […]

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  • I decided to make up a bedtime story last night, choose-your-own adventure style. Me: “Once upon a time, there was a boy named… Antonio or Declan?” Declan: “Declan!” Me: “This […]

    I gave birth to the whole universe

    I decided to make up a bedtime story last night, choose-your-own adventure style. Me: “Once upon a time, there was a boy named… Antonio or Declan?” Declan: “Declan!” Me: “This […]

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