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.
The majestic image below of the Eagle Nebula’s “Pillars of Creation,” captured by the Hubble Space Telescope in 1995, has become an iconic astronomical photograph. It depicts the visible light, meaning the part of the electromagnetic spectrum that the human eye can see. In this new take above, NASA scientists present the same view of […]
Years ago, I read a bit of advice in The Whole Earth Catalog, which said a great way to get up to speed on a subject you are interested in is to read a children’s book about it. It’s excellent advice, and I’ve made use of it many times over the years. The best children’s […]
Translating abstract scientific data into sound can give researchers new insight into the complexities of the phenomena they are studying. MIT materials science professor and musician Markus Buehler, who has employed this technique to understand biological materials and develop new proteins, has now transformed the novel coronavirus into music. For the recording above, Buehler selected […]
If you’ve ever tried to shoot your own videos, you know the equipment costs to do it right can mount up quickly. Even if you’re fine with capturing video on your trusty smartphone, you still need a mount to keep your phone in place. And you’ll need a mic to augment your smartphone’s not so […]
“The whole point of a programming language is to get the most out of the computer and the developer…This is why I like Python so much…few Python developers write code that is difficult to pass on to another developer.” With so much in tech so inherently complicated, that comment from Thomas Hatch, CTO and co-founder […]
In baseball, utility players often stay employed almost exclusively because of their versatility, their ability to slide effortlessly into a variety of needed roles and remain productive. Your current tech setup doesn’t need to work any differently — except that tech items are usually created to fulfill just one purpose. But if you want a […]