Bill Nye’s Open Letter to President Barack Obama

Planetary exploration not only brings us astonishing discoveries from other worlds, it inherently leads to innovation, because we invest in solving problems which have never been solved before. That in turn creates new businesses and economic growth. But more importantly, supporting a robust space program raises everyone’s expectation of what’s

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Posted in Awesome Organizations, Commercial Space, Exploration, NASA, Science, Space, Think, video, Why Space

Bohemian Rhapsody: Star Wars Edition

Press “CC” in the player for the lyrics! Based on “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen and STAR WARS created by George Lucas. Performed by the Star Wars cosplayers of the Arizona geek community! Produced by the Students and Faculty of the Digital Video Program at University of Advancing Technology in Tempe,

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Posted in Fun, video

Get the Wolfram Language and Mathematica on the Raspberry Pi for FREE

Today Raspberry Pi, the awesome $35 Linux computer and  Wolfram Research announced a partnership to offer Mathematics and The Wolfram Language on the Raspberry Pi for free. Future releases of Rasbian, the defacto OS for the Pi will include it preinstalled. If you need a Raspberry Pi, even Amazon has them. To

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Posted in Education

NASA paywalls first papers arising from Curiosity rover, I am setting them free

Found this one on Hackernews this morning, what do YOU think? The Mars Curiosity rover has been a huge boon for NASA – tapping into the public’s fascination with space exploration and the search for life on other planets. Its landing was watched live by millions of people, and interest

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Posted in Exploration, NASA

Jetpack to be available in 2014

I guess this means I need to retire my “Where’s my jetpack? Where’s my flying car?” T-shirt. New Zealand’s Martin Aircraft is developing the “first practical jetpack” and has done manned and unmanned flight tests of its latest prototype, Aviation Week reports. When completed it will be aimed at first

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Posted in Engineering, Tech

Ariel Waldman Interview on Triangulation

I’ve met Ariel a couple times now (and interviewed her). She’s as lovely in person as she appears on this show. Another great ambassador for science. It’s worth the hour for sure. Be sure to subscribe to Triangulation on the Twit network.

Posted in Some people just rule!, Space, TV, video

Bill Nye can actually dance

I don’t watch this show (except when Woz was on) but Bill does a great job crossing that “science is dorky” bridge here. He just appears approachable and can actually dance a little. I’m so glad he’s such a great ambassador for science (and space!).

Posted in Fun, Inspiration, Some people just rule!, Space, video

Just keep going

Many of the great achievements of the world were accomplished by tired and discouraged men who kept on working. Seems like a great motto to me. Let’s adopt this today.      

Posted in Inspiration

Zuckerberg, Brin join forces to extend life

It’s really cool to see someone besides the XPRIZE foundation working on incentive prizes. Interesting that Sergey never talks about the Google Lunar XPRIZE. Sergey Brin and Mark Zuckerberg, along with their spouses, joined Russian venture capitalist Yuri Milner to award 11 scientists $3 million each to launch the Breakthrough

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Posted in Awesome Organizations, Biology, GLXP, Medical

US no longer lists satellites as weapons

 Satellites are no longer weapons, according to a change in US anti-arms trafficking law. The move gives hope to commercial spaceflight companies wanting to sell their technology on the global market rather than just within the US. However, the focus on Earth-orbiting craft means deep-space missions could still be hampered

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Posted in Commercial Space, Exploration, NASA, Space

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