Most of Slate is focused on the here and now—never more so than during a political campaign—but we’ve also learned that some of the very best (and most popular) stories we run are concerned with the long ago and the far away. That’s why I’m excited about two blogs launching on Slate this morning.
The first blog, Phil Plait’s Bad Astronomy, is new to Slate but already beloved by science junkies. Bad Astronomy, which has lived for the past four years at Discover Magazine, may be the best science blog on the planet. An astronomer, author, skeptic, and science evangelist, Plait writes mostly about astronomy and its wonders. He also blogs about science itself, defending it from the morons and villains who seek to attack, distort, and undermine it. And as you can see from today’s post, “the marvelous cosmic train wreck of two galaxies colliding,” Bad Astronomy is visually stunning: Phil collects and highlights astonishing images from across the universe. Follow Bad Astronomy on Twitter here and on Facebook here.
We also launch The Vault today. In The Vault, historian Rebecca Onion will showcase objects and documents that jump out of the historical record and demand your attention, items that are beautiful, poignant, strange, or just funny: the letter a young Abraham Lincoln wrote attempting to take back his proposal to a Kentucky woman he wasn’t much fond of; a list of proposed (and rejected) names for the Space Shuttle; Benedict Arnold’s loyalty oath. Follow The Vault on Twitter here and on Facebook here.
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TODAY IN SLATE
Meet the New Bosses
How the Republicans would run the Senate.
The Government Is Giving Millions of Dollars in Electric-Car Subsidies to the Wrong Drivers
Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.
Photos of the Crowds That Took Over NYC for the People’s Climate March
Friends Was the Last Purely Pleasurable Sitcom
This Whimsical Driverless Car Imagines Transportation in 2059
- Protesters Take to the Streets to Sound Alarm on Climate Change in New York, Across the World
- Knife-Carrying White House Jumper is Vet who Feared “Atmosphere Was Collapsing”
- North Korea: American Sentenced to Hard Labor Wanted to Become “Second Snowden”
- Almost One in Four Americans Support Idea of Splitting From the Union
Did America Get Fat by Drinking Diet Soda?
A high-profile study points the finger at artificial sweeteners.