Ben Bova: Sizing up the nuclear horizon
Published 12/02/2012 at 4 a.m.
The prospect of Iran acquiring nuclear weapons is very worrying. The present government of Iran supports terrorism, and the thought of nuclear-armed terrorists is certainly something to be scared of.
BEN BOVA: "The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars" tells of global climate change
Published 04/29/2012 at 4 a.m.
Im reading a very interesting book: The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars, by Michael E. Mann.
Ben Bova: 'Not everything is equal to everything else'
Published 03/04/2012 at 4 a.m.
Science is just another way of looking at the world, no better than philosophy or religion or whatever world view you personally want to adopt.
Ben Bova: Don't bother me with what's important
Published 02/05/2012 at 4 a.m.
That could well be the byword of the 2012 political campaign.
Ben Bova: We go back a long, long way
Published 01/15/2012 at 4 a.m.
The late astronomer Thomas Gold often said, "I'd rather be wrong than dull."
Ben Bova: The science is called magnetohydrodynamics -- MHD, for short.
Published 01/08/2012 at 4 a.m.
I write novels about the juncture where science and politics meet.
Ben Bova: Ben Bova ... Sizing up science behind us and ahead
Published 01/02/2012 at 9:44 a.m.
The Roman god Janus was the god of transitions, of endings and beginnings, of gates, doorways and time. He was usually portrayed as having two faces, one that looked forward, the other backward.
BEN BOVA: The Christmas message is more than just sending cards
Published 12/25/2011 at 4 a.m.
Christmas is all about love, but there's one aspect to Christmas that I don't like at all. I don't think of myself as a curmudgeon, but the fact is that I never send out Christmas cards.
Ben Bova: Political right and left 'occupy' my thoughts
Published 12/04/2011 at 4 a.m.
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the Occupy Wall Street movement. Today I'd like to comment about the Tea Party movement.
BEN BOVA: Oct. 16, 2011 ... Faster than light? Experiment opens interesting possibilities
Published 10/16/2011 at 6 a.m.
There’s an old Chinese curse that reads, “May you live in interesting times.”
BEN BOVA: Oct. 9, 2011 ... "Rocky" reminds us we can be contenders
Published 10/09/2011 at 6 a.m.
I saw the movie “Rocky” again on television a few nights ago. And, as usual, got a lump in my throat.
BEN BOVA: October 2, 2011 ... Mixed emotions on 54th anniversary of the Space Age
Published 10/02/2011 at 6:59 a.m.
Fifty-four years ago, come Tuesday, Soviet Russia launched the first artificial satellite of Earth: Sputnik 1.
BEN BOVA: Sept. 25, 2011 ... One long drive: Laying out the 1st golf course on the Moon
Published 09/25/2011 at 6 a.m.
A few weeks ago I wrote a column about golf. Now I’m working on a short piece of fiction about constructing a golf course — on the Moon.
BEN BOVA: September 18, 2011 ... We can defeat terrorists by building up Islamic nations
Published 09/18/2011 at 6 a.m.
We’ve been through the memorials dedicated to the victims of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
BEN BOVA: Sept. 4, 2011... A slice of irony about global warming
Published 09/03/2011 at midnight 1 Comment
It’s an ill wind that blows no good.
BEN BOVA: Aug. 28, 2011 ... 'Don’t mess with science fiction fans.'
Published 08/28/2011 at 6 a.m.
By the time you read this, I will be in Albuquerque, attending a science fiction convention.
BEN BOVA: Aug. 21, 2011 ... Science-fictional ideas in the 1970s are now coming true
Published 08/21/2011 at 6 a.m.
Back in the early 1970s I served as the science adviser to one of the worst television shows of all time.
BEN BOVA: Aug. 14, 2011 ... Golf was meant to anguish the English
Published 08/14/2011 at 6 a.m.
Many of my friends in Southwest Florida play golf. My dearest friend is an ardent golfer; she’s won a place in the Executive Women’s Golf Association’s national tournament for several years running.
BEN BOVA: Aug. 7, 2011 ... From poetry to parenthood and future generations
Published 08/07/2011 at 6 a.m.
I write prose, not poetry. I enjoy reading poetry, even reciting it aloud, but writing poetry is not for me.
BEN BOVA: July 31, 2011 ... ‘Designed’ by politicians, shuttles were engineering marvels
Published 07/31/2011 at 6 a.m.
The final mission of NASA’s space shuttle leaves me with mixed emotions.
BEN BOVA: July 24, 2011 ... Ancient humans; stem-cell therapy; ozone update
Published 07/23/2011 at midnight 1 Comment
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about anthropologist Carleton Coon, who was drummed out of academia because of a politically incorrect idea he espoused.
BEN BOVA: July 17, 2011 ... 'There are so many human beings on Earth'
Published 07/17/2011 at 6 a.m.
Nearly every problem that faces us today can be traced to a single fact: there are so many human beings on Earth.
BEN BOVA: July 10, 2011 ... The need for a local children's hospital is apparent
Published 07/09/2011 at 6 p.m.
A few weeks ago I attended my grandson’s high school graduation, in Jupiter. Seeing him in cap and gown brought a stream of memories rushing through my mind.
BEN BOVA: July 3, 2011 ... Happy birthday, USA
Published 07/03/2011 at 6 a.m.
Tomorrow we celebrate the birth of the United States of America.
BEN BOVA: June 26, 2011 ... Time and evidence will judge anthropologist's theory
Published 06/26/2011 at 6 a.m.
Carleton Coon was a great anthropologist. He was also one of the earliest victims of political correctness.
BEN BOVA: June 14, 2011...The quest goes on
Published 06/14/2011 at 8 a.m.
Is there life on other worlds? Where is the best place to search for life in our solar system? Most people think Mars might be the most likely planet to harbor extraterrestrial life. Although NASA has sent probes to all ...
BEN BOVA: June 7, 2011...An example of what Congress can do...now and then
Published 06/06/2011 at 5:59 p.m.
We’ve all complained from time to time about how poorly our Congress takes care of the nation’s problems. But a little note in this newspaper’s "On This Date" column reminded me recently that Congress can do the right thing — ...
BEN BOVA: May 22, 2011 ... Zealotry is no friend of freedom
Published 05/21/2011 at 5:59 p.m.
One of the things I like most about science fiction is that the field allows you to take an idea and run with it. Such as:
BEN BOVA: May 15, 2011 ... To get the most of our solar energy, we must rise above atmosphere
Published 05/14/2011 at 5:59 p.m.
Several readers have pointed out that my recent column about the relative safety of nuclear power did not consider either solar or wind power.
BEN BOVA: April 24, 2011
Published 04/23/2011 at 5 p.m.
When you write science fiction, as I do, many people expect you to believe implicitly in flying saucers and visitors from other worlds.
BEN BOVA: April 17, 2011 ... Fukushima Daiichi ... Nuclear power is still the safest form of energy
Published 04/16/2011 at 5:58 p.m.
The disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant has started people wondering again if nuclear power is safe enough to remain part of our energy picture.
BEN BOVA: April 10, 2011 ... Cruise brings home the wonders of our home planet
Published 04/09/2011 at 6 p.m.
My dearest friend and I recently took a thoroughly enjoyable two-week cruise on the Holland America liner Statendam.
BEN BOVA: April 3, 2011 ... How making fuel from grain led to revolution in Middle East
Published 04/02/2011 at 6 p.m.
The law of unintended consequences tells us that, in Yogi Berra’s words, “It ain’t over till it’s over.”
BEN BOVA: March 20, 2011 . Of the 40 high school student finalists in this year’s Intel Science Talent Search, 24 are of Asian descent
Published 03/19/2011 at 6 p.m.
More than half of the nation’s brightest science high schoolers belong to families that originally came to the United States from China, India or other parts of Southeast Asia.
BEN BOVA: March 13, 2011 ... Thanks to Daniels and the Phil, we were drawn to Naples
Published 03/12/2011 at 5:59 p.m.
The announcement that Myra Janco Daniels will retire as head of the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts leaves me feeling sad. Despite her physical stature, Myra is a giant.
BEN BOVA: March 6, 2011 ... Writing fiction is simple ... until it gets difficult
Published 03/06/2011 at 6 a.m.
The Prussian Carl von Clausewitz wrote in his classic book, “On War” (1832): “Everything is very simple in war, but the simplest thing is difficult.”
BEN BOVA: Feb. 20, 2011 ... Two versions of movies show how we have changed
Published 02/19/2011 at 6 p.m.
I experienced an interesting coincidence a few nights ago. My dearest friend and I went to see the film “True Grit” at a local movie theater.
BEN BOVA: Feb. 13, 2011 ... Science fiction at its best is ‘history that hasn’t happened yet’
Published 02/12/2011 at 6 p.m.
It puzzles me that people will pay heed to stock-market analysts and weather forecasters, yet they will not read science fiction. After all, if you want to predict the future, science fiction has the best track record of all.
BEN BOVA: Feb. 6, 2011...As predicted, stem-cell therapies are helping patients today
Published 02/05/2011 at 6:01 p.m.
How many times have you seen a news story about a scientific breakthrough that begins with something like, “It may seem like science fiction, but it’s really true …”?
BEN BOVA: Jan. 30, 2011 ... Rooted solidly in science, reaching realm of science fiction
Published 01/29/2011 at 6 p.m.
Imagine a world nearly 11 times bigger than Earth. A planet covered from pole to pole with gaudy bands of clouds racing at super-hurricane speeds.
BEN BOVA: Dec. 12, 2010 ... Time travel.
Published 12/11/2010 at 6 p.m.
Ever since H.G. Wells published The Time Machine (in 1895), people have been fascinated by the concept that one might be able to travel into the distant past, or the far future.
BEN BOVA: Nov. 28, 2010 Rare earth elements are in the news.
Published 11/27/2010 at 6 p.m.
Rare earth elements are in the news. They have strange names, such as neodymium, scandium, yttrium.
BEN BOVA: Schools won't improve with bureaucrats in charge
Published 11/20/2010 at 6:01 p.m.
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? This phrase, from the first-century Roman satirist Juvenal, means, “Who will watch the watchmen?”
BEN BOVA: In the future, maybe Nobel will go to science-fiction writer
Published 11/06/2010 at 6 p.m.
They’ve handed out this year’s Nobel Prize for literature, and I didn’t get it. Again.
BEN BOVA: Worry about high water before nuclear power plants
Published 09/11/2010 at 4:01 p.m.
People are still pretty scared of nuclear power, but I think we have a lot more to fear from flooding than from radioactivity.
BEN BOVA: Through science forecast calls for even better weather predicting
Published 08/28/2010 at 2:47 p.m.
“Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.”
Commentary: Our votes are more than mere wishes on a star
Published 08/21/2010 at 3 p.m.
When you wish upon a star. Makes no difference who you are
Ben Bova: Star search ... How heavens have affected affairs on Earth
Published 08/07/2010 at 5 p.m.
I became interested in astronomy when I was 11 years old, on my first visit to a planetarium. When they turned out all the lights and flashed the stars onto that domed ceiling, I was hooked for life.
Ben Bova: Gene therapy will one day cure diseases ... It’s the ‘law’
Published 07/31/2010 at 5:06 p.m.
They said it couldn’t be done. No less a genius than Leonardo da Vinci tried to design a workable airplane. He got as far as building a couple of gliders and apparently even soared off the roof of a barn ...
Ben Bova: Scientific research can lead to incredible benefits
Published 07/17/2010 at 5:05 p.m.
I’ve been following the debate over Jackson Laboratory with more than a little interest.