January 8th, 2012
I’ve let these pile up too high, given the holidays, and some personal issues that have taken a lot of time and induced too much stress (I love my wife, but I don’t love the immigration process!).
Let’s start with Phil Plait and Six Reasons Aliens would never Invade Earth.
Fellow quasar astronomer and acquaintance Meg Urry has an article at CNN on new Earths. Check it out.
A catalog of astronomy apps. I have several. Maybe I need more.
Hawking says women are greatest mystery. This is both profound and stupid, unfortunately, from different perspectives. This is potentially very sad if the accusations that he was abused by his wife are true. Hawking got a response, which is unfortunately sort of offensive if taken as a personal reply to Hawking whose experience in life is unique. Cheap bitching at his expense, with a mix of insight and useless generalizations about how he shouldn’t generalize.
Obama says he is not “Spock-Like.” Duh. Tuvok! Actually I see the last three democratic presidents as Kirk, Spock, and McCoy. The Republicans all look like Ferengi to me.
Who is more anti-science, Republicans or Democrats? Duh! Even a conservatively biased magazine agrees it’s no contest in the end.
And then bullshit article number one: Scientists say Shroud of Turin Supernatural. What crap “research” is this? The article does not read like science at all to me. Religious people who look to science for support of the supernatural are fools, and “scientists” who claim supernatural explanations are not scientists. Scientists look for natural explanations, and when they don’t find them, they leave it as “yet to be explained” rather than saying “God did it.” Science has a great track record explaining things previously attributed to gods, and the medieval Turin hoax is not going to overturn that.
Yeti finger flunks DNA test. Not surprising, unfortunately.
Thinking about book covers recently, and here’s a list (with images) of 36 retro science fiction book covers. I love some of these. Some are…odd. And speaking of odd…
Everything you wanted to know about neutrinos in two minutes. Well, maybe not me, but most people…
Neil deGrasse Tyson’s list of Eight Free Books Every Intelligent Person Should Read. I’m not sure I agree. I think we’d be better off in a few cases if NO ONE read some of those books. Also, most of them are old and outdated in some important ways and would need some guidelines to read. Similarly, some are simply ugly slogs given that the writers are not brilliant at writing the way they are at thinking about their topics. I guess some modern takes (e.g. Dawkins on Evolution) aren’t free, so you mostly get old things out of copyright.
And speaking of free educational materials, MIT will have free online courses. Sometimes I feel like I have the ultimate job security, and sometimes I feel like the concept of job security is obsolete. The future will be interesting.
Then again, free online lectures mean little if the future of physics is not lecture based.
Top five science marketing hits of 2011. I blogged about some of these already. Worth a look.
22 Best Infographics of 2011…including some science fiction.
Ten tech items you won’t be needing anymore. Agree with most of this. A couple of them will continue to have their niche uses for some of us. Related to this, perhaps…Five things that show up in futuristic science fiction that are not realistic. It’s a bit soft, but fun and worth a few minutes.
Something we will have in the future that is realistic…a science fiction themed brothel in Nevada. The Area 51 Cathouse. I kid you not. Reminded me of that scene from Sixteen Candles. You know the one.
More information about Ridley Scott’s Prometheus. I have mixed feelings. It could be cool, and it could be Ancient Alien Astronaut woo.
Science fiction movies can be huge hits…and huge flops. Green Lantern and Cowboys vs. Aliens are on the flop list. Along with Mars Needs Moms. Duh!!! I can’t believe the money spent on that one!
Real-life superheroes on the cover of the New York Times. Also operating in Beijing (stereotypically hot and stacked, see pics).
Justice League, anime style. Cool!
Darth Vader burger. I’m thinking it comes dark and burned.
Velociraptors inspiring robots. I actually had a story idea about this some 15 years ago, which would be “The Last Dinosaur,” a solar-powered rover based on a velociraptor still operating on Mars a century from now.
Let’s end with three interesting videos covering science, science fiction, and superheroes:
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