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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 [...]

Lectures for a New Year: Neil deGrasse Tyson on Pluto

Neil deGrasse Tyson is ridiculously distinguished: the man holds at least fourteen honorary doctorates, not to mention his real doctorate in astrophysics. He was also declared “Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive” by Time Magazine in 2000. But he’s most (in)famous for leading the charge to demote Pluto from its planet status to a “dwarf [...]

Mall Santa Delivers Christmas Wish

Four-year-old Dominic McCracken-Bruce and his 2-year-old brother Tyson only asked for one thing for Christmas -their Mommy. Army Reserve Capt. Dawn McCracken-Bruce was deployed to Iraq and Kuwait for the past nine months. When she came home for the holidays, she and her husband decided to surprise the boys during their visit with Santa Claus [...]

Stephen Colbert and Neil deGrasse Tyson

In this eighty-four-minute video, Stephen Colbert (not doing his Colbert Report character) chats with Neil deGrasse Tyson. It’s an intelligent, fun, and wide-ranging discussion, touching on science, history, and personal experiences of science. The most adorable parts: Colbert consults his phone for notes; and Tyson admits that the night sky reminds him [...]

NOVA: The Fabric of the Cosmos

NOVA’s “The Fabric of the Cosmos” premieres tonight, November 2, at 9pm ET/PT on most PBS stations. Recommended for: families who aren’t quite sure what relativity is, but want to find out. Starting tonight, enjoy the four-hour series The Fabric of the Cosmos, based on physicist Brian Greene’s breakthrough book. I’ve previewed the [...]

Keep on Truckin’: 15 Stories of Life After Sports

Boxing great Sugar Ray Leonard retired in 1982. Then again in 1984. Enough, he said once more in 1987. And 1991. And finally in 1997. Long before quarterback Brett Favre made retirement an annual and reversible rite, Leonard demonstrated that on the subject of possibly hanging it up for good and starting a new career he [...]

Symphony of Science: The Big Beginning

[YouTube Clip] Eight in the auto-tuned Symphony of Science music series by John Boswell is “The Big Beginning.” It’s about the Big Bang and the origins of the universe, and features Carl Sagan, Stephen Hawking, Richard Dawkins, Tara Shears and Neil deGrasse Tyson. Previously on Neatorama: A Glorious Dawn (#1 in the series) | We Are All [...]

Fluorescent Luminous Green River is Blamed on Pranksters

Canada’s Goldstream River failed to live up to its name when its waters bizarrely started flowing a fluorescent Luminous green. The river, which runs through the city of Langford in British Columbia, looked like the result of a radioactive disaster and an investigation was launched immediately. What caused the river to change colour was a mystery at [...]

Mollie Woodworth: Neuroscientist and Cheerleader

Mollie Woodworth is currently featured on NOVA’s Secret Life of Scientists & Engineers website. The site profiles scientists and engineers — who also have secret lives outside of their day jobs. Woodworth’s secret is that when she’s not working in the neuroscience lab, she’s an MIT cheerleader. (Yes, MIT has sports and cheerleaders.) The MIT [...]

Neil deGrasse Tyson “Not the Boss of the Solar System,” Says News Industry

I’ll be writing about The Pluto Files, a NOVA program coming in March, over the next couple of weeks. But I thought I’d point you to this breaking news — in the video below, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Brian Williams, and Diane Sawyer have a thing or two to say about Neil deGrasse Tyson demoting [...]