When the Congressional Science committee wants to talk about the cold weather, and when NASA has to defend their budget by explaining why NASA is important, it can make people who believe in facts... a bit tense.
The cure for this anti-science anxiety is to relax with the soothing voices of the very smart. Over at 8tracks, there are a couple of playlists that can make the evening peaceful and the morning hopeful. There Is No Shame In Reality and the similar The Most Important Thing You'll Listen To, are homemade albums of great modern thinkers talking all sciencey. These are hour-long greatest hits albums, and they both have sequels, made up of cool clear logic, sound reasoning and a touch of poetry from the likes of Carl Sagan, Christopher Hitchens, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, and some non-scientist like Alan Watts and comedian Joe Rogan doing their thing, preaching the truth. Your kids won't think you're all old, listening to talk instead of Top 40, but every now and then, but having this kind of stuff on in the background might just sink in.
Yup. He really did.
In the NASA image above, today’s total solar eclipse is seen above Madras, Oregon. Photo by Aubrey Gemignani for NASA. Below, our moon blocks out the sun during the solar eclipse in Depoe Bay, Oregon.
Today marks the 40th anniversary of the launch of Voyager 2, the first of the two spacecraft that carried the Golden Record on a grand tour of the solar system and into the mysteries of interstellar space. Science journalist Timothy Ferris produced this enchanting phonograph record that tells a story of our planet expressed in […]
Toaster ovens are the perfect appliance for small things like toasted sandwiches and roasted garlic (try it!), but anything more involved usually requires a full-sized conventional oven.However, despite its small size, the Wolfgang Puck Pressure Oven can handle anything from baked pastries to broiled meats. This kitchen appliance has a minimal countertop footprint, and cooks […]
The Pry.Me Bottle Opener holds tens of thousands of times its own weight, and you can pick one up now from the Boing Boing Store.This remarkable keychain is considerably smaller than any of your keys, but don’t let that fool you: it can easily open any bottle, and could even tow a trailer full of […]
Guaranteeing your privacy online goes way beyond checking the “Do Not Track” option in your browser’s settings. To ensure that your internet activity is totally hidden from Internet Service Providers, advertisers, and other prying eyes, take a look at Windscribe’s VPN protection. It usually costs $7.50 per month, but you can get a 3-year subscription […]