From NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio.Read More
John Green’s truly moves at breakneck speed. But what would you expect from a Crash Course?
And yes, there is a test:
“The test will measure whether you are an informed, engaged and productive citizen of the world. And it will take place in schools and bars and hospitals and dorm rooms and in places of worship. You will be tested on first dates, in job interviews, while watching football and while scrolling through your Twitterfeed. The test will judge your ability to think about things other than celebrity marriages, whether you will be easily persuaded by empty political rhetoric, and whether you will be able to place your life and your community in a broader context.Â The test will last your entire life… and everything, EVERYTHING will be on it.”
Test or not, it’s fast and brilliant and totally worth a look:
The script, by the way, Green has written together with his high school history teacher Raoul Meyer.Read More
“It’s quite a place”, he says…
International Space Station Commander Dan Burbank captured spectacular imagery of Comet Lovejoy as seen from about 240 miles above the Earthâ€™s horizon on Wednesday, Dec. 21. Burbank described seeing the comet as â€œthe most amazing thing I have ever seen in space,â€ in an interview with WDIV-TV in Detroit. (NASA)
Update 29.12.2011 (via @astrodicticum):
Mehr Ã¼ber den Kometen Lovejoy bei Astro-Blogger Astodicticum simplex.
A fact-based twist on the beloved hymn “All Things Bright and Beautiful” in which evolution is celebrated as the process by which all life forms on Earth are created — including life forms that believe in the Almighty.
Brooke Gladstone is host of NPR’s On the Media and has now written a beautiful and very informative piece of graphic non-fiction. It’s called The Influencing Machine and although the book is about media and journalism as a whole, it makes some interesting points about science journalism, too. In her chapter about bias, for example, Gladstone explains how science coverage is often riddled by narrative bias [the (perceived) need of beginning, middle and end in each and every story]. And the Scientific American classic of April Fools Day in 2005 on “so-called evolution” gets a full page appearance, too.
Plus: On her way through the history of the media and its discontents Gladstone does quite a bit of (graphic) science reporting herself (on polls, on the neuroscience of free will, on cognitive dissonance etc.).
It is amazing how much information can go into a comic book!