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The Late Movies: Guess The Theme 81

It’s time once again for the game that’s sweeping the nation: GUESS THE THEME! All the clips below have something in common. Leave your best guesses in the comments. Neil deGrasse Tyson: My Man, Sir Isaac Newton American Red Cross PSA The Maltese Falcon Trailer Rod Serling – Twilight Zone Intro Jimmy Buffett – Fruitcakes Rickey Henderson Hall of [...]

Data, Geordi LaForge and Neil deGrasse Tyson

Celebrity physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson hosts a podcast called Star Talk. He recently invited Data and Geordi LaForge, the actors who played Brent Spiner and LeVar Burton on Star Trek: The Next Generation,* onto the show. You can listen to it at the link. Link -via Tor *I reject your reality and substitute my own.

Neil deGrasse Tyson Found Planet Krypton

We all know that Superman came from the Planet Krypton, but where exactly was that planet located before it exploded? Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson was asked by DC Comics to find it: I’ve often wondered exactly what kind of star Krypton orbited [...]

How NASA is Preparing to Visit and/or Destroy Asteroids

So there’s this asteroid, 99942 Apophis, that will make a “close approach to” (read: “near miss of”) Earth in 2029 and possibly again in 2036. Don’t worry, we’re probably fine — there are lots of way more dangerous asteroids coming our way…just not quite so soon. When an asteroid hits Earth (and one [...]

The Missing Links: That Second That Screwed Up the Net

The Internet Doesn’t Want You To Miss One Single Second You’ve wasted hundreds, thousands, tens-of-thousands, probably hundreds-of-thousands of precious seconds on the internet (not the time you’ve spent on mental_floss, of course). So why should the internet care if you want one of those tiny little seconds back? * Where Do Criminals Disappear To? When you hear about criminals [...]

The Late Movies: 5 Smart People Say Smart Things in 5 Minutes or Less

Big Think has interviewed a staggering array of smart people, and is posting micro-interviews on YouTube. For tonight’s viewing, I thought I’d collect five favorites. Yes, they’re short, and sometimes they’re simple — but these are smart sentiments. Bill Nye “How is science education like comedy?” Bill Nye on the parallels between comedy and [...]

Neil deGrasse Tyson: “We Went to the Moon and We Discovered Earth”

In the second installment of the “We Stopped Dreaming” series, Neil deGrasse Tyson puts forth a simple argument: that NASA’s missions to the moon and beyond caused humans to focus attention on the Earth. He runs through the list of accomplishments in environmental policy that occurred while the Apollo missions were underway, and [...]

Why Pluto Isn’t a Planet (Sorry)

Pluto’s demotion from “planet” status to “lame Kuiper Belt resident” ahem “dwarf planet”/”planetoid” continues to be the subject of deep nerd rage. Many of us who grew up with Pluto-as-planet feel that modern astronomers are messing with our childhood memories. Others just make shirts and move on. Today I bring you C.G.P. Grey’s beautifully [...]

Neil deGrasse Tyson: “We Stopped Dreaming”

Ready to get fired up about America’s space program? Listen to Neil deGrasse Tyson drop some knowledge on the history of NASA and current spending priorities. Here’s a brief quote: “We go to the moon. Space enthusiasts say, ‘Oh, we’re on the moon in ’69, we’ll be on Mars in another ten years.’ [...]

Neil deGrasse Tyson Should Get an Editor’s Credit on the Titanic Re-Release

Seeing a popular motion picture reappear in theaters years after its initial release is not a new thing. However, as technical advances continue to speed exponentially forward, a film’s re-issue gives a filmmaker the opportunity to make strategic changes to the content of the film – alter digital effects, add new scenes, swap out one [...]