There are five naked eye planets that you can learn to recognize in the night sky. These are Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. Unless you count the Earth. Learning to recognize them is quite easy for two reason. They all stand out from stars, they all shine brighter and flicker less. Also they each […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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, […]
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.
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, […]
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 […]