The commercial for a fake board game, made by Comedy Central, is a bit simplistic but it makes the point that it set out to do. That Privilege board game mentioned at the end sounds a lot easier.Read More
Duggy, a Grand Theft Auto 5 YouTube video creator, has found a way to perfectly portray Carl Sagan's mystifying, stargazingly humbling Pale Blue Dot speech in GTA 5.Read More
AKA we are but specks of dust … what a relief.
So … I’m an anxious person. Like, super anxious. So anxious that it took me 10 minutes to start this article, because I wanted to do it “the right way.”Read More
Feminism! In! Spaaaaace!
When the Pioneer 10 spacecraft was launched in 1972, it was emblazoned with a plaque designed by Frank Drake, Carl Sagan, and Linda Salzman-Sagan to convey its origins and the nature of its creators to any potential life forms that might come across the ship.Read More
Carl Sagan had a certain way with words, and this video captures that incredibly well.Read More
Although the project is still in the very early stages, Tracking Board reports that Carl Sagan's widow, Ann Druyan, is producing a film about the astronomer and Cosmos star's life.Read More
All Of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos “Millions, Billions, & Trillions” In A Supercut Are Ludicrous In Their Epicness
We are small.
In case you needed to feel the awesomeness of the universe this first weekend of 2015, here is a supercut of every time Carl Sagan said an "illion" in Cosmos: A Personal Voyage.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.)Read More
Things We Saw Today
Faster than a speeding bullet!
It Belongs in a Museum!
For years, scientists have been trying to solve the mystery of "Unidentified Infrared Emission features," a set of emissions from interstellar space that, up until now, has been relatively unexplained. The thought was that they must be produced by polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, simple organic particles made up of carbon and hydrogen atoms. Now, research shows that is not the case, the emissions are actually being given off by much more complex organic matter that is being created by the stars. Prof. Sun Kwok and Dr. Yong Zhang of The University of Hong Kong have made the groundbreaking discovery that much of the previously unexplained organic matter that floats between the stars is startlingly more complex than previously thought. Some of the structures are actually so complex that they resemble coal and petroleum, the kinds of organic matter we have previously only associated with, well, organisms. It kind of turns the idea of "organic matter" on its head.Read More
Who He Is and How He Came to Be
Back when Neil deGrasse-Tyson was a high school student aspiring to follow a career studying the universe, he had the chance to meet Carl Sagan -- Carl Sagan -- who offered to meet him at Cornell University to show him around his lab. And a place to sleep if he ended up snowed in. It's official, then: Carl Sagan was one of the best people in the world. (via Boing Boing)Read More