Register for an account


Enter your name and email address below.

Your email address is used to log in and will not be shared or sold. Read our privacy policy.


Website access code

Enter your access code into the form field below.

If you are a Zinio, Nook, Kindle, Apple, or Google Play subscriber, you can enter your website access code to gain subscriber access. Your website access code is located in the upper right corner of the Table of Contents page of your digital edition.

The Sciences

Renew your freedom

Bad AstronomyBy Phil PlaitJuly 4, 2010 4:00 PM


Sign up for our email newsletter for the latest science news

Every year on this date, I take a few minutes and read The Declaration of Independence*. For my money, it's one of the greatest documents ever written in the English language. I know not all of my readers are Americans. Even if you're not, the Declaration is a fantastic work and you should read it. And if you have the time -- and you should make the time -- read The Bill of Rights, too. You may not be from a country with the same laws we do, the same values we do, or the same attitudes we do, but the Founders of the United States of America had some pretty good ideas about what the citizens have the right to do, and what the government does not. Living up to those ideas, those ideals, is what America is about. These freedoms are not given, they are earned, and must always be protected. Remember:


Happy 234^th, America.

^* I was not surprised at all to find out that Adam Savage has the same tradition.

    3 Free Articles Left

    Want it all? Get unlimited access when you subscribe.


    Already a subscriber? Register or Log In

    Want unlimited access?

    Subscribe today and save 50%


    Already a subscriber? Register or Log In