Neil deGrasse Tyson Speaks out on Science Activism

 Posted by Jeffrey Simons, StarTalk Social Media Director:Two weeks ago, Senator Cory Booker was one of our guests at StarTalk Live! at the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, NJ. The other day, he posted this behind-the-scenes video. Here’s what Senator Booker had to say:“It was an honor joining Neil deGrasse Tyson in New […]

How We Got To Where We Are

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When I look around I see poverty, destruction of nature, inequality.  I see a celebration of ignorance and apathy.  I’d like to believe that we Americans are a reasonable species of beings, that we are a people who desire to educate ourselves, to think critically, to be willing to suspend deeply held beliefs that may […]

Robots in workplace ‘could create double the jobs they de...

I’ve been saying this myself for years. One job is replaced by a robot, that requires a whole team to maintain. This means not only that the amount of jobs isn’t going to drastically decrease, but that the jobs that remain are more high end and better paid. Businesses save money replacing workers with robots, […]

Electric Cars Are Actually Terrible for the Environment!

Electric Cars Are Actually Terrible for the Environment!

You have surely seen this headline before. Maybe you read the article, maybe you just sighed and moved on. 

Scientific Literacy Isn’t just Knowing Science Fact...

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  This post relates a lot to the above quote. When people think of scientific literacy it makes sense that they think it’s general scientific knowledge and understanding. But scientific literacy has to do with things that may be traced back to science, but isn’t technically scientific knowledge. Examples include; understanding how to use technology, […]

Koko – A Tribute to the Gorilla Who Knew Sign Langu...

Koko – A Tribute to the Gorilla Who Knew Sign Language

The worlds coolest gorilla has died (yes even cooler than Harambe). You see this Gorilla could speak with humans using real words. Koko the gorilla was one of the few primates who were taught ASL (American Sign Language), and surely the most famous. She knew over 1000 signs and was capable of complex conversation.

This Darknet Site Liberates Scientific Data

This Darknet Site Liberates Scientific Data

Sci-Hub is a platform that aims to liberate the world’s scientific knowledge. If you agree that research and science should be available to all then this site might be for you. (Of course scientists should still get paid, significantly, just not for publishing research on paid journals) Founded by Alexandra Elbakyan from Kazakhstan in 2011, […]

The War on Drugs Is a War on People

The War on Drugs Is a War on People

This an important message from one of the main founders of SLM, Matt Bump, which has had a terrible fate thrust upon him by a combination of unfortunate circumstances and broken policies. Please take a moment to read this and let us know what you think of the issue. The War on Drugs Is a […]

Astronomy As A Tourist Attraction

Astronomy As A Tourist Attraction

I travel a lot, and during my travels I have encountered many places where astronomy is a central part of tourism. Especially in the United States, in almost every state you can visit at least one observatory.   Public observatories like Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, or Lowell observatory in Flagstaff dedicate themselves to being […]

What Does Science Say About Detoxing?

What Does Science Say About Detoxing?

Ever heard of detoxing or cleansing diets? They are supposed to flush out ‘toxins’ from your body. Some even use them to try and pass drug tests. Unfortunately this all stems from fantasy. Flushing out poison that isn’t there in the first place with diets that don’t even have that effect. Yet many are convinced […]