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Cosmos: The Second Coming

Cosmos Trailer Neil deGrasse Tyson

I’ve been waiting a long time for this. Fresh from its debut at San Diego Comic-Con, the first official trailer for the reboot of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos: In August of 2008, I attended the third annual SciFoo conference at the Googleplex in Mountain View, CA.  That’s a whole other subject, which I’ve touched on here [...]

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The Frustrations of Being Scientifically Literate

Life's dirty little secret. (Credit: Debaird via Flickr)

Editors note: Craig Fay will be appearing live at the Laughing Devil Comedy Festival in New York City May 14-18. Here’s a theory for you: ignorance is bliss. If that’s true then being scientifically literate has got to be one of the most miserable and frustrating things possible. And when you think about it that [...]

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Can Cosmos Get People Talking about Science Again?


So much has changed in space since Carl Sagan’s Cosmos TV series first aired in 1980. We discovered dark energy (but still have no clue what it is). We launched the space shuttle and built a football field-sized space station in orbit. We’ve found about 1,000 exoplanets orbiting other stars. What hasn’t changed, the producers [...]

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Plugged In

Hello, Pale Blue Dot

Greetings, and welcome to Day 4 of Plugged In! On behalf of myself, Melissa, Scott, and Robynne, welcome to this shiny new blog of ours. There are so many things to discuss, but to get started, I want explain to you what this blog means to me and what I hope to get out of [...]

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Symphony of Science Turns 5 Years Old Today!


Who doesn’t love the first, the original “Symphony of Science” tune, “Carl Sagan – ‘A Glorious Dawn’ ft Stephen Hawking”? This song was posted five years ago today! How time flies! You can catch up on the full line of Symphony of Science tunes at the Melody Sheep YouTube channel. In honor of the anniversary, [...]

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Will Enjoying ‘Cosmos’ Depend On If You Liked Science In School?

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Tonight’s TV line-up has science enthusiasts quite excited. Of course I’m talking about Cosmos as presented by Neil DeGrasse Tyson, produced by Seth MacFarlane (of Family Guy fame) and written by Ann Druyan, Carl Sagan’s widow and co-creator of the original series. There has been a lot of talk about whether this program will get [...]

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“In Saturn’s Rings” Movie Trailer

In Saturn's Rings

If you love the programs at planetariums or the sci-fi films where you are visually propelled through the expanses of space, prepare yourself for a film specifically designed for the giant screen that explores the planet Saturn using only scientific photographs, primarily from the Cassini-Huygens mission, among others, stitched together and animated to full motion [...]

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Casting Call for Host of “Mystery of Matter”


Are you a chemist or love chemistry? Are you as engaging on camera as Carl Sagan, Neil DeGrasse Tyson or Bill Nye? Do you appreciate the human side of science discovery? Are you madly in love with intelligently done programming such as appears on PBS? I’ve seen many casting calls and am certain that what [...]

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Monday Music Video: An Epic Battle between Einstein and Hawking

Einstein vs. Hawking Epic Rap Battles of History

There is a fascination with famous scientists (for example, see today’s Google doodle about Marie Curie), and they come no more iconic than Albert Einstein. His recognizability makes him a logical choice to add to a science video in order to create one that might go viral. (You might remember my post about cute animals being [...]

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SciArt of the Day: The Painting that Inspired Sagan’s COSMOS


“Young stars burst forth from a nebula, like seeds spreading through the galaxy. Just as seeds grow flowers that make more seeds, nebulae form stars that eventually form new nebulae. Cosmic cycles of life and death are apparent at all scales. This painting was the inspiration for the dandelion motif that runs through the TV [...]

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