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Editor’s Note: Craig’s post is the first in a new series about science. Given Craig’s sharp writing abilities and his encyclopedic brain, we should be in for a treat every week. Enjoy the first.

Below the fold: China's Long March 2F rocket carrying the Tiangong-1 module, or 'Heavenly Palace, from the AP/USA Today article,
For several years now I’ve been collecting odd and unusual science articles and sending them out to a list of friends who are generally interested in the subject.

I do this mostly out of a sense of irony and amusement about the odd things that keep happening in the world of science and partly out of a sense of wonder at the amazing stuff that keeps on coming down the pike.

I also feel that there’s way too much magical thinking going on in this country, along with a strong antipathy to science, critical thought and reason. When people around me ask “What the hell is wrong with this country?” My immediate thought is that we give way too much credit to snake oil salesmen of every description and way too little credit to people who think and test and prove.

But “Science Marches On…” isn’t about politics, per se, although I reserve the right to snark, it’s about science that’s fun, unsettling, running in circles chasing its own tail.

It’s informational not polemical (mostly) and I’m going to try to make it a weekly or biweekly event. As you can see below most of the items are links with a comment by way of introduction. I hope it’s as interesting and amusing for you as it has been for me.

China today launched the first module of their space station, while we can’t seem to ‘get it up’: no heavy lift launch vehicle, no crew module, no shuttle – completely dependent on Russia – whose usually reliable Proton suffered an ‘accident’ when they last tried to re-supply the ISS and btw, our erstwhile partner’s recommendation on the ISS: bring it down and let it burn.

WTF is wrong with this country that we let this happen?

Oh, and the Chinese launch was played on CCTV to the tune of “America the Beautiful”, I’m just gonna laugh till I cry…

Here

Big Cosmology has a Scooby-Doo moment: “Wuh-woh!”

Here

…and an intriguing idea about gravity, or Stephen Hawking loses a bet…

Here.

…this may be the nose of “SkyNet” under the tent, Big Blue wants to be your friend…

Here.

Warp drive? Yesyesyesyesyes, pleezpleezpleezpleez…

Here.

Quantum teleportation… Warp drive and the Transporter! Star Trek lives!

Here.

…look deeply into my eyes… you are feeling sleepy…

Here.

An interesting article on hydrogen – the Borg have plans for you…

Here.