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.
Next year, NASA’s Artemis 1 mission will carry a baker’s dozen of small cubesats to space, including one that’s home to a colony of yeast cells. That cubesat, BioSentinel, will orbit the sun to help scientists understand how space radiation affects living organisms outside of Low Earth Orbit. NASA hasn’t purposely sent any lifeforms beyond […]
A new definition of kilogram went into effect today. No longer is the kilogram defined by Le Grand K, a 140-year-old weight under glass in a secret location near Paris. Now it’s determined by the Planck constant, based on physicist Max Planck’s theory that “electromagnetic energy at a given frequency could only be emitted in […]
Here’s the first 14 of 100 proofs that the Earth is a globe, with the rest still to come author David Morgan-Mar. [via] 1. The Blue Marble The most straightforward way to check the shape of the Earth is to look at it. There’s one small problem, though. To see the shape of the Earth […]
Raspberry Pi is one of the world’s most versatile open-source computers. Alexa is a home automation hub with limitless potential. Together, they’re a dream team for ambitious makers, opening the door to everything from automatic lights to voice-controlled robots. Learning Raspberry Pi is meant to be relatively easy for newbies, but its applications with Alexa […]
Heads up: The clock is winding down on a free-entry contest to win not only one of the best smartphones on the market but a handy pair of earbuds. A simple sign-up is all you need to be eligible to win a 256 GB iPhone XS Max, along with AirPods. And while “free” is tough […]
Kudos to those of us who have chosen a less wasteful third option to “paper or plastic” at the supermarket or club stores. Tote bags are reusable, but they can be a pain to tote around. Here’s an upgrade to that planet-saving measure. The Club Cart Lotus Trolley Bag is that rare tote you’ll want […]