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Video Game Science

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

I was just thinking of, or trying to think of, video games with good science that teach a little science.   As usual, I tend to think of physics and astronomy, and the things that occur to me first are usually down this line of thinking.   I know that I’ve missed a lot of PC games […]

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Heroes for a Scientist of My Generation

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

I used to think I didn’t have heroes.   Not in the sense that most people mean, and not being allowed to count superheroes. But I realized I did, and had had a lot of them growing up through college. Mine are biased toward physics and astronomy.   Here they are, in no particular order. Einstein.   Sort […]

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The Top 10 Space-Based Science Fiction Series ever on TV (with Poll)

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

There are a bunch of good lists concerning science fiction tv over on wiki.   I tend to post a lot about movies, but this time I want to post about space-based science fiction series on tv.   It always seems like there’s at least one decent one, and sometimes more than one.   I’m going to take […]

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The Ten Best “Silly” Science Fiction Movies

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

I’m not really sure how to categorize these films except as “silly,” but they’re all very good and quite fun.   Some are comedies, but others are action films.   The science is usually wrong or non-existent, but it’s clear from context that this is not an important point and that’s fine, even by me!   I really […]

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Phil Plait: 7 Ways a Black Hole Can Kill You (Launch Pad)

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

Phil gives a great, funny talk: Share/Bookmark

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Ruben Gamboa at Launch Pad: Computers in Astronomy (Video)

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

Enjoy! Share/Bookmark

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Danny Dale on Infrared Astronomy (Launch Pad Video)

Saturday, July 18th, 2009

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Brotherton Lectures on Stars (Launch Pad Video)

Saturday, July 18th, 2009

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Video of Mike Brotherton Speaking About Light (Launch Pad)

Friday, July 17th, 2009

I do about 10-12 hours of lecture during Launch Pad. Here’s one of them. Enjoy! Share/Bookmark

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Video of Joe Haldeman Speaking at Launch Pad

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Joe Haldeman speaks at Launch Pad day one: Share/Bookmark

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Critiquing the Astrophysics of the Big Bang Theory Song

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

The Bing Bang Theory Theme Song – Bare Naked Ladies Our whole universe was in a hot dense state, Then nearly fourteen billion years ago expansion started. Wait… The Earth began to cool, The autotrophs began to drool, Neanderthals developed tools, We built a wall (we built the pyramids), Math, science, history, unraveling the mysteries, […]

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The Big Bang Theory on TV: A Step Forward or Backward?

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

The issue of the TV comedy, The Big Bang Theory, came up in comments earlier this week. Pros: the show is funny and gets its science and geek culture very correct. Here’s a scene about the problem with teleportation: Cons:   for the most part, the characters are stereotypical nerds who lack social skills, dress oddly, […]

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