Water balloon popped in zero gravity
STOP SHITTING ME
if you don’t want this on your dash, you’re lying
I know this is horrifically late, but I made one of these for the science side of tumblr!
Why can we never learn the interesting side of maths
Bill Nye the Science Guy asks parents not to raise creationist kids
The famous interview that led to the creationist debate
"Denial of evolution is unique to the United States," Nye says in the video. After praising the U.S. as the world’s most advanced technological society, he credits that ranking to "intellectual capital we have, the general understanding of science. When you have a portion of the population that doesn’t believe in that, it holds everybody back, really."
Nye goes on to say that he asks those who don’t believe in evolution to explain to him why they feel that way, and that “your world just becomes fantastically complicated when you don’t believe in evolution.”
He notes that explaining dinosaurs, radioactivity and other concepts is all linked to understanding and accepting evolutionary theory, and says that “if you try to ignore that, your world view just becomes crazy, just untenable, itself inconsistent.”
His plea to parents comes with the hope that the children they’re raising will become “scientifically literate.”
"And I say to the grownups, if you want to deny evolution and live in your world, in your world that’s completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe, that’s fine," Nye says. "But don’t make your kids do it because we need them. We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future. We need people that can — we need engineers that can build stuff, solve problems."
Nye also says that in a couple of centuries, the creationist viewpoint “just won’t exist. There’s no evidence for it.”
Nye has already helped raise at least one generation of scientists. The NASA team that helped the Curiosity rover land on Mars are big fans. In a recent question-and-answer session for Reddit’s “Ask Me Anything” series, when the rover team was asked which educational or science-oriented TV shows influenced them as children, “Bill Nye the Science Guy” was called their “hands-down” favorite.
Naturally, his video sparked some heated debate in the YouTube comments.
"GOD IS THE CREATOR AND SCIENCE IS THE EVIDENCE OF GOD….IF YOU BELIEVE THAT MONKEY BUSINESS,YOU ARE BEING DECIEVED," wrote one viewer.
Another had some fun with the concept, writing, “Why stop at creationism? There are plenty of highly unlikely science fields that we could be confusing our children with. I really want my children to learn about orgones, pherenology and crystal focusing energy. I really wish schools would consider pet sciences that confirm MY worldview.”
Credit: Gael Fashingbauer Cooper, TODAY
If you’ve ever heard my rants about vaccination, you know it’s a major topic with me. Because hey, I’m one of these immunosuppressed people this comic talks about, so it’s a bit of a sensitive subject. (“Oh, I’m sorry, you don’t like getting vaccinated? I don’t like having three month long respiratory infections because you gave me the freaking flu, but I guess you don’t care about that”)
Essentially, Ellen and her wonderful character Katherine have just said it better than I ever could—and using Shaun of the Dead references, too!!! It’s all about herd immunity—getting vaccinated isn’t just about your own health, it’s about the health—and non-zombification—of the entire human race.
SO REBLOG THIS!! LIKE THIS!!! SPREAD IT LIKE WILDFIRE!!!!!
Heh. Because anti-vaccination people are zombies. Hella brainless and such.
"Just as one would not say ‘I believe in gravity,’ one should not proclaim ‘I believe in evolution.’"— Michael Shermer (via whats-out-there)
"There’s something about the cosmic perspective, which for some people is enlightening and for other people it’s terrifying. For those who are terrified by it, they’re here on earth and they have a certain self-identity, and then they learn that earth is tiny and we’re in this void of interplanetary space and then there’s a star that we call the Sun and that’s kind of average and there’s a hundred billion other stars in a galaxy. And our galaxy, the Milky Way, is one of 50 or 100 billion other galaxies in the universe. And with every step, every window that modern astrophysics has opened to our mind, the person who wants to feel like they’re the center of everything ends up shrinking. And for some people they might even find it depressing, I assert that if you were depressed after learning and being exposed to the perspective, you started your day with an unjustifiably large ego. You thought more highly of yourself than in fact the circumstances deserved."
"We could write a proof for this, but let’s just understand it instead."— Analysis professor (via mathprofessorquotes)
…don’t ever forget that!
And don’t say "I’ll never be good". You can become better! and one day you’ll wake up and you’ll find out how good you actually became.
「Neil deGrasse Tyson」
A Pythagorean cup looks like a normal drinking cup, except that the bowl has a central column in it. It was supposedly invented by Pythagoras of Samos (yes, that one). It allows the user to fill the cup with wine up to a certain level. If the user fills only to that level, the imbiber may enjoy a drink in peace. If, however, the user gets greedy, the cup dumps all the wine into the unfortunate victim’s lap.
Pythagoras sounds like a real asshole.
When people ask me how I can be a math major and still say I’m not good with numbers, I’m like ‘here, let me draw you a picture.’
Seeing a supernovae within hours of the explosion
For the first time ever, scientists have gathered direct evidence of a rare Wolf-Rayet star being linked to a specific type of stellar explosion known as a Type IIb supernova. Peter Nugent of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory says they caught this star – a whopping 360 million light years away – just a few hours after it exploded.