What Happened?!

15 04 2013


The humor is a little formulaic…

18 03 2013


Neil deGrasse Tyson needs to read more comics.

9 03 2013

Actually, it was forged by dwarven blacksmiths out of mystical uru metal. Don’t base your hypothesis of the movie version! You just made a millions nerds cry out in anguish!

– dEV


Sad but true.

27 01 2013


Planetary Ornaments!

14 12 2012

These are awesome, but I don’t know the source. They’d make a great gift for an astronomy nerd!

– dEV

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Edutopia: Twenty of the Worst Science Jokes Ever

2 12 2012

Twenty of the Worst Science Jokes Ever

Edutopia LogoQuite a few years ago, the news was ablaze with reports of an asteroid that was going to pass between the Earth and the Moon. Although more precise calculations showed that the path was not going to be that close, the “near miss” was still the talk of the day in my ninth grade physical science class. It was a great day — students were peppering me with questions about asteroids and the solar system. Eventually, one of my students asked about what a large asteroid impact would do to our Moon. I jokingly responded that instead of having on Full Moon, we would have two halves. Most of the students groaned, but I could tell that one of my brighter students was deep in thought. Eventually she asked, “But if the Moon was destroyed, how would we have nighttime?” Very quickly, she realized the flaw in her thinking and yelled out, “Just kidding!”

As the son of two teachers, I learned at an early age that humor — or at least attempts at humor — are a staple of good science teaching. In fact, for years my dad told this joke to his students, “How do you tell a boy chromosome from a girl chromosome?” (Answer: Pull down their genes).

What better way to celebrate the beginning of a new school year and the 20th anniversary of Edutopia than by sharing a list of 20 bad science jokes!

Teacher: Can you name the three kinds of blood vessels?
Student: Yes. Arteries, veins and caterpillars.

Teacher: What did you find interesting about an octopus?
Student: They have 8 testicles.

Teacher: What is the definition of hydrophobic?
Student: Fear of utility bills.

Q: What is the only known thing to travel faster than the speed of light?
A: A Chuck Norris roundhouse kick.

Q: What is the name of the first electricity detective?
A: Sherlock Ohms.

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NBC News: Superman’s planet Krypton ‘found’ — with a little help

8 11 2012

I think this is a pretty cool and interesting idea, and if it gets people interested in Astronomy, I’m all for it. I’m glad they got a well-known and respected scientist like Neil deGrasse Tyson to help out and give it credibility. Well, if finding the location of an imaginary planet based on a comic book can be called credible. Anyway, fun stuff!

– dEV

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Wait ’til the Daily Planet gets this: Neil deGrasse Tyson helps DC Comics pick ‘home’

By Mike Wall

updated 11/5/2012 2:08:19 PM ET

A prominent astrophysicist has pinned down a real location for Superman’s fictional home planet of Krypton.

Krypton is found 27.1 light-years from Earth, in the southern constellation Corvus (The Crow), says Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium in New York City. The planet orbits the red dwarf star LHS 2520, which is cooler and smaller than our sun.

Tyson performed the celestial sleuthing at the request of DC Comics, which wanted to run a story about Superman’s search for his home planet.

The new book — Action Comics Superman #14, titled “Star Light, Star Bright” — comes out Wednesday. Tyson appears within its pages, aiding the Man of Steel on his quest.

“As a native of Metropolis, I was delighted to help Superman, who has done so much for my city over all these years,” Tyson said in a statement. “And it’s clear that if he weren’t a superhero he would have made quite an astrophysicist.”

Action Comics #14, titled “Star Light, Star Bright” – Courtesy of DC Comics

You’ll have to read “Star Light, Star Bright” to find out just how Superman and Tyson pinpoint Krypton. For amateur astronomers who want to spot the real star LHS 2520 in the night sky, here are its coordinates:

Right Ascension: 12 hours 10 minutes 5.77 seconds

Declination:  -15 degrees 4 minutes 17.9 seconds

Proper Motion: 0.76 arcseconds per year, along 172.94 degrees from due north

Superman was born on Krypton but was launched toward Earth as an infant by his father, Jor-El, just before the planet’s destruction. After touching down in Kansas, Superman was raised as Clark Kent by a farmer and his wife.

Now Superman will apparently know exactly where he came from

“This is a major milestone in the Superman mythos that gives our super hero a place in the universe,” DC Entertainment co-publisher Dan DiDio said in a statement. “Having Neil deGrasse Tyson in the book was one thing, but by applying real-world science to this story he has forever changed Superman’s place in history. Now fans will be able to look up at the night’s sky and say, ‘That’s where Superman was born.'”

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Where’s Pluto?

6 10 2012

NBC News: Comics go beyond the Higgs boson

10 09 2012

By Alan Boyle

If only there were a graphic novel that could guide you around the frontiers of physics! We mused over that possibility on “Virtually Speaking Science” just a couple of nights ago, during a discussion of what lies beyond the Higgs boson — totally unaware that PHD Comics’ Jorge Cham had just put out a video graphic novel addressing that very topic.

Cham’s latest animation draws upon the expertise of Daniel Whiteson and Jonathan Feng, physicists at the University of California at Irvine, to explain how the discovery of a new “Higgs-like” particle at Europe’s Large Hadron Collider is only the first of many blockbuster discoveries expected from the $10 billion facility over the next few decades.

One of the most way-out possibilities is that the LHC could pick up the signs of extra spatial dimensions beyond the three we know and love. Like the Higgs boson, which is thought to play a role in endowing other particles with mass, the existence of extra dimensions is suggested by some of the questions still outstanding in physics — for example, why is gravity so much weaker than the other fundamental forces of nature? But the evidence to back up that suggestion is devilishly difficult to come up with.

Cham literally sketches the outlines of the mystery in his animation, and graphically shows why the LHC is way bigger than the Higgs.

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FAILBlog: Creative, educational, and delicious.

13 08 2012