Today marks the start of the final week in my annual birthday fund-raising drive. At this moment this campaign event has become the most successful I have ever run, and we still have a week to go! The willingness of so many of my readers to support my work, even though you can access it free of charge, astonishes me. I cannot thank you all enough.
This support is now making it possible for me to resume the kind of science journalism I would do routinely when I was writing for magazines. Then, magazines would often pay my expenses to have me attend science conferences, reporting for them the newest results.
Now, your support is making it possible for me to pay my own way to the next big planetary conference, the 51st Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Texas from March 16 to March 20. I am going there to talk face-to-face with as many planetary scientists as I can, as they present their latest results, with the intent to report those results here on Behind the Black before anyone else.
Moreover, I will report not just on a handful of the biggest stories, but on the numerous other research that while at first glance might not seem striking to most other news sources, will provide some depth and context to the entire field of planetary research.
It is your support that has made this trip possible. And the more you give, the more I will be able to attend even more such conferences, in the future.
Therefore, please consider supporting my work. You can either give a one-time contribution or a regular subscription, using Paypal, as outlined in the tip jar either in the right column (near the top) or at the bottom of the page (on mobile phones). You can also donate by sending me a check payable to me to the address shown in the tip jar.
And if you want something to read as well, you can also buy my books, as noted in the boxes interspersed throughout the webpage. Note that a purchase at the ebookit link will guarantee I get a larger cut and get it sooner.
This announcement will remain at the top of the page for the next week. Scroll down for today’s newest posts.