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Carl Sagan

  1. Astronomer Jill Tarter Talks About Inspiring Contact in This Episode of The Secret Lives of Scientists

    Let's get Jodie Foster to make a biopic about Jill Tarter!

    Astronomer Jill Tarter is the Bernard M. Oliver Chair for SETI Research at the SETI Institute in California. She spends her days searching for intelligent life elsewhere in the Universe. In this episode of NOVA's The Secret Lives of Scientists, she talks about how she inspired the main character in Carl Sagan's Contact.

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  2. Today We Learned Our Friend Bill Nye Took Astronomy Classes From Carl Sagan [VIDEO]

    Did the classroom implode into a black hole of awesomeness?

    Our friend Bill Nye is being profiled by the new PBS/NOVA series The Secret Lives of Scientists. Previously, he's shared his origin story and spoken about his penchant for bowties. In this clip, Bill chats about how deeply he's been influenced by Carl Sagan (you know, the host of the original Cosmos), and how Bill hopes to continue Sagan's legacy.

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  3. Earth’s Mightiest Broadcasters Team Up for This PBS: The Movie Avengers Parody [Video]

    We've shown you some of the videos by Gritty Reboots before, but PBS: TheMovie stands out for a few reasons. The first being that we love us some PBS, but it also stands out because we can't imagine something we'd want to watch more than a movie where Fred Rogers, Carl Sagan, Bob Ross, and Bill Nye team up to kick some ass.

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  4. Some Men Just Want to Watch the World Learn: The PBS Avengers

    Consider the Following

    This might be the best internet video I've seen all week. The only way to make it better would be to add Shari Lewis and Neil DeGrasse Tyson. (Look, he hosted four seasons of Nova Science Now, and that's enough of a technicality to get some diversity up in this lineup.) (via Topless Robot.)

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  5. Things We Saw Today: The New Robin Really Likes Birds

    Things We Saw Today

    And officially my new favorite. Sorry, Tim Drake. (via Literate Knits) 

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  6. Happy Birthday, Carl Sagan! We Are Sorry You (Inexplicably) Didn’t Get A Google Doodle

    Today is Carl Sagan's birthday, which, if there were any justice in the world, would be celebrated in the fashion we've become accustomed to for nerds of note -- with a Google Doodle commemorating the day that one of the world's best and brightest science celebrities was expelled from the womb. As there is clearly no justice in the world, though, Sagan's birthday was overlooked by Google's legions of doodlers, who were no doubt exhausted by celebrating Bram Stoker's big 165 yesterday. I don't think we need to tell you why this is clearly unacceptable.

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  7. See What Superman Would Look Like As Other Pop-Culture Characters

    Faster than a speeding bullet!

    Artist Mike Mitchell, who goes by Sir Mitchell, took it upon himself to play around with Kal-El's iconic image from the cover of Superman #6 from 1940. Thanks to his "fun little side-project" we get to see what the Man of Steel would look like as pop-culture characters like Harry Potter, The Tin Man, Charlie Brown, and more (plus one bonus astronomer). We think they're pretty great. Take a look for yourself. (via Mike Mitchell on Tumblr)

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  8. Seth MacFarlane Donates Carl Sagan’s Personal Papers To The Library Of Congress

    It Belongs in a Museum!

    While the hit animated series Family Guy has featured Carl Sagan jokes before, it wasn't entirely clear how big of a fan creator Seth MacFarlane is of the influential astrophysicist until he threw up an undisclosed (but, let's be honest, probably huge) sum of money to buy and donate Sagan's personal papers to the Library of Congress.

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  9. Mike Mitchell Draws Cute Pop Culture [Snapeboarding]

    Awwwwww

    Yes, that's April O'Neill drinking a soda. (Okay and maybe something else? Hey, it can't be easy eating pizza in a sewer most nights.)

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  10. MissCoffee Rendered Geek Luminaries in Plushie Form

    this exists

    I'm pretty sure we've posted this adorable Indy before, but that was before we knew about the rest of MissCoffee (on DeviantArt), aka Michelle Coffee's (on Etsy) work in the world of felt and stuffing creations.

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