Detail of photo by Olivier Grunewald

• If you haven’t discovered Summer Ash, do so. Or, consider the physics of your morning coffee, an exoplanet extravaganza from Kepler, or maybe the oldest known piece of planet Earth (and other notes).

• What do you get when you cross Bill Nye, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, and President Barack Obama? I don’t know, but it sure is smart ….

Disordered hyperuniformity: You’ll never look at a chicken the same way again.

• Two words: blue lava.

• What does the number 915,103,765 have to do with LEGO bricks?

• Cosmic spiders? Not quite, but black widow binaries are still pretty scary.

• Every cloud has a silver lining, and really bad weather helps us find things we’ve lost.

• The question on everyone’s minds: What is a dropleton?

On Science and War

The temptation toward politics is often strong; after all, have you heard about the House Science Committee?Syrian wreckage

No, really.

However, this is one of those difficult times, when the winds swirl with rumors of wars. Thus:

• Charles P. Blair — The Chemical Weapons of Syria (Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists)

• Federation of American Scientists — Nerve Agents