Category Archives: Science

Super powers: XKCD style

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They laugh now, but within 10 years the city’s entire criminal class will have quit to work on space research.

I didn’t post anything for Carl Sagan Day or his birthday. I’ve been a little busy lately with a couple of projects. XKCD does a great job as usual. It makes me wonder how many would-have-been criminals are actually working on space research because of Carl Sagan’s amazing influence.

When Galaxies Collide

Felicia Day *swoon* (and Sean Astin) try to educate the public about colliding galaxies in this hilarious NASA PSA for the Spitzer Space Telescope.

There are a lot of great little inside jokes in there. “What in the name of Joss Whedon?” And Felicia makes a wonderful point:

It just goes to show you don’t have to make up explosions or doomsday scenarios to make science interesting. Astronomy is pretty interesting on its own.

Via: The Bad Astronomer

‘A Universe From Nothing’ by Lawrence Krauss, AAI 2009

This is a fantastic and entertaining talk by Lawrence Krauss from the 2009 Atheist Alliance International on current cosmology, the nature and ultimate fate of our universe.

Lawrence Krauss has been one of my favorite speakers since I watched his talk from the first Beyond Belief in 2005. It’s amazing how much information the man can pack into one lecture. My favorite line:

Why is there something rather than nothing? … There has to be. In quantum mechanics, if you have nothing, you’ll always get something.

Via: The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science

We Are All Connected

Symphony of Science has done it again. This time with appearances by Carl Sagan, Richard Feynman, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye.

Check out their previous video, grab MP3 and FLAC files of the songs as well as video downloads at their website.

[Symphony of Science]

Surrounded by ignorance

Just watch this… as the video progresses, try to NOT let your mouth hang open in disbelief.

Oh… My… God! Now, I know many people are genuinely ignorant of things that don’t really affect them in their day-to-day lives. But really, America? This level of ignorance is just absurd. Apparently there are people living among us who don’t know how many sides a triangle has and don’t see something wrong on a map where the entire country of Australia is labeled “Iran” or “North Korea”.We also seem to have had THREE world wars and Hiroshima and Nagasaki are only famous for sumo wrestling.

Wow.

The Stupid, It Burns

Via: Unrelated TechCrunch post.