Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Dugan Arnett Globe Staff April 03, 2019 Like a lot of people, Avi Loeb, the chairman of Harvard University’s renowned astronomy department, does his best thinking in the shower.It’s where he has hatched ideas for papers on black holes and the future of the universe, and where, last year, he spent some time pondering a notion that would eventually make him — in some circles, at least — the subject of considerable ridicule.He’d been thinking about the phenomenon of ‘Oumuamua, a mysterious object that hurtled close to the Earth in 2017. It had became an instant sensation in the scientific community, the first known object from outside the solar system, and astronomers and astrophysicists had jumped to analyze and explain the anomalous object. Theories were developed. Papers were published. Advertisement Loeb had a theory, too, … [Read more...] about Real science or science fiction? Harvard astronomer stands by his theory
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THERE WAS A STRAIN OF WISTFULNESS woven through the obituaries for Mario Cuomo after he died on the first day of 2015. The tributes for the New York governor and stirring orator who was the dream presidential candidate for many Democrats in 1988 and 1992 were weighed down by a sense of what could have been, if only he had run. In the waning days of 1991, the indecisive governor nicknamed “Hamlet on the Hudson” went so far as to keep a plane idling at the Albany airport, ready to deposit him in New Hampshire before the filing deadline for the first-in-the-nation primary. Cuomo probably did himself a favor by staying out of the presidential hunt. Democratic voters are notorious for their buyer’s remorse, practically begging charismatic politicians to jump into the race, only to sour on them quickly and go back to longing for some idealized replacement on the sidelines. Well before there was Tinder, Democrats have seemed unable to stop swiping left. Related Links … [Read more...] about The Democrats’ choice problem: Which candidate can beat Trump in 2020?
The business community looks to 2019 with great expectations Photo: Le Toan Ousmane Dione Country director, World Bank Under the leadership of the Vietnamese government, Vietnam’s socioeconomic achievements have been remarkable. Over the course of 30 years, the economy has expanded at an average of nearly 7 per cent annually. As a result, per capita income has increased almost five-fold. Vietnam today has emerged as a thriving lower middle-income economy and an export powerhouse. Growth has also been inclusive, with poverty falling to just below 7 per cent, compared to more than 60 per cent in the late 1980s. But Vietnam’s journey to become a modern, industrial economy has only just begun, and past achievements are no guarantee for future success. Domestically, Vietnam will have to tackle rising structural headwinds, including a rapidly-aging population, slow productivity growth and weak investment, as well as an increasing environmental toll on development. Leaning … [Read more...] about Business bigwigs on 2019 prospects
By STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer Updated 2:55 pm CST, Thursday, February 7, 2019 FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 file photo, Miami Marlins' J.T. Realmuto follows through on two-run base hit in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta. A person familiar with the negotiations says Miami Marlins All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto has been traded to the Philadelphia Phillies for catcher Jorge Alfaro, two pitching prospects and international bonus pool allocation. The person confirmed the trade to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 because the teams had not announced it. less FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 file photo, Miami Marlins' J.T. Realmuto follows through on two-run base hit in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta. A person ... more Photo: John Bazemore, AP … [Read more...] about J.T. Realmuto traded from Marlins to Phillies for 3 players
Journalist Vu Viet Tuan Prof Ngo Duc Thinh, the former head of the Vietnamese Institute of Culture and a personal acquaintance, once told me about how Vietnam is facing a "crisis of faith." But it wasn’t being brought about by a lack of faith. It was because of too much of it. This crisis is evident from how northern provinces celebrate countless festivals of all shapes and sizes at the beginning of each year. For all their extravagance and grandeur, these festivals are also lightning rods for criticism and controversies, mostly about how modern society has corrupted them and subverted their original purpose. One good example is the New Year Blessing Festival at the Tuc Mac Temple in Nam Dinh Province. Once a solemn event to welcome the New Year and wish people luck, it is now marked by chaos and cacophony, with people jostling and shoving others to fight for, apparently, "good luck." The festival goes all the way back to the ancient dynasties of Vietnam. Legend has it that in … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s crisis of faith is destroying its festivals