Some Strange Things Are Happening To Astronauts Returning To Earth
AIN’T NO MOLEHILL The NASA rover Curiosity, on the surface of Mars, glances toward its target: the 3.4-mile high Mount Sharp, where scientists hope to find evidence of past environmental change. Curiosity’s wheels and equipment are seen in the foreground. (Photo: NASA / JPL via The Telegraph)
Astrophysicist Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson was asked by a reader of TIME magazine, “What is the most astounding fact you can share with us about the Universe?” This is his answer.
It seems that physicists, or anyone scientifically minded at that, tend to be amazed by precisely these very same things, just putting it into their own words. Not always, but eventually, maybe. Carl Sagan himself noted, similar to Tyson saying that the universe is within us just as much as we are inhabitants within it, that we are made of “star stuff,” and that we are a way for the universe to observe and contemplate itself. Leaving aside my lack of a proper transition to this sentence, Richard Feynman had noted, when it comes down to it, that we are each a small collection of continuous actions and reactions of atoms obeying very simple rules. Of course, that so many happen upon such realizations doesn’t make it any less true, or any less fascinating to consider.
Words Of Wisdom of the Day: Inspired by the acclaimed “Sagan Series,” Evan Schurr pieced together powerful statements made by world-renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson that serve as an alarming wake up call to a nation that has stopped dreaming and underfunded tomorrow.
This is fantastic. I’d really like to look into Neil deGrasse Tyson’s writings.
And working for NASA may or may not be a dream of mine in the future.
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The Pleasure of Finding Things Out
The video here’s an interview with physicist Richard Feynman. Those who could find it familiar might recognize parts of the audio from The Feynman Series. Don’t think it’s 50 minutes of science babble - if anything, he does his best to keep that to a mentally digestible minimum. I can’t tell you there’s something you’ll take away from it, but I hope that if you do, maybe it’ll just be a bit more curiosity, a hunger for understanding how things work. So if you’ve got 50 free minutes to watch, or maybe to listen, check it out.
As a proud owner of a science tattoo, these articles always make me cheese.
A few years ago—by accident, really—Carl Zimmer became the de facto curator of science-based body art. The author of The Loom blog over at DISCOVER as well as numerous books, Zimmer asked his readers about their tattoos, and whether any of them had inked themselves up in science-inspired motifs. The response was greater than he imagined.
Those responses, which often arrived in Zimmer’s inbox in the form of images, have now been compiled into a book published earlier this month, . In it, the science obsessed—or at least those enthusiastic enough to etch their favorite equations, diagrams, schematics, and formulas directly onto their dermises—show off their needlework in a coffee table-worthy collection of pics, arranged by Zimmer into categories centered on major scientific disciplines: math, chemistry, neuroscience, evolutionary biology, astronomy, and a dedicated chapter on DNA.
From those pages we’ve pulled a few of our favorite works—from Darwin’s finches to a Dali-like double helix to a front-to-back neural net—and collected them here. Click through the link above to see some of our favorite science-derived ink from the collection.
Be sure to check out the book, which you can read more on here.
While I’m on the fence about getting a tattoo or not, I would love to get something like one of these - something relevant, something meaningful.
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Both Carl Sagan and Richard Feynman were fantastic, amazing, and inspiring people while they were around. Still are, even though they’ve both passed. I really recommend watching these. Not sure at all what will become of me, but there’s a future engineer, scientist, artist, or someone hiding in the works out there who might need some inspiration, curiosity, or awe to get them started, or keep them motivated. Whether or not it’s me who shows this to them doesn’t matter, but that they hear these words is important. Loving that these people created these videos to broadcast their words for the sake of that very purpose, and I should hope that someone hears them.
Click through the above video to continue watching the rest of the Sagan Series, and start with the Feynman Series here.
A tachyon gets kicked out of a bar. The bartender says “we don’t serve your type!”. A tachyon walks into a bar.
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