These beautiful hand-drawn 3D maps by Andrew DeGraff trace the paths of spaceships in the Star Trek, Star Wars, and Alien film franchises.
Wanna get dirty with me?
From star stuff to microscopic fluff to skin cells that slough while you’re in the buff, the universe of dust is curious enough to turn your mind into a cream puff.
May this week’s episode spread like dust on the wind.
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"Our planet, our society, and we ourselves are built of star stuff." Truly! If you’ve ever wondered what Carl Sagan’s widely circulated declaration really means, don’t miss It’s Okay To Be Smart’s latest video.
Lots of fantastic sci-fi inspired artwork for Gallery 1988’s 10-year anniversary show—The Subtle Art of Pop-Culture. Can you tell which films/shows inspired these pieces?
Version 1 of ‘A Rough Guide to Spotting Bad Science’. Thanks for everyone’s suggestions earlier in the week, attempted to include as many of them as possible!
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Approach the world with an open mind, but not so open that your brains fall out.
Here’s a list of tips on how to weigh good science from bad. Combine that with my video on “How to Read Science News" and you’ll be in pretty good shape and shall never be led astray:
New arrival: limited-edition, handprinted science history trading cards!
Yes, the craze that’s sweeping the galaxy has finally reached Earth. Created by a group of remarkable artists, Blue Dot Prints' Supramystic Saga celebrates scientists and inventions through beautiful screenprinted illustrations. Each hand-sewn pack includes five random cards and the prospect of special gold- and silver-bordered inserts.
Only a handful of shops in the Universe have been approved to carry these, and the first set sold out quickly—so don’t miss out!
Join forward-thinking volunteers from around the world this weekend for NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge
During the two-day hackathon, citizen scientists in over 90 cities will seek solutions in five challenge themes: technology in space, human space flight, asteroids, Earth watch, and robotics. Prizes will be awarded locally, and global winners will be invited to the SpaceX Dragon launch.
There’s still time to join a team, or create one of your own. You can even participate virtually as a ViP.
What better way to celebrate Yuri’s Night?
Mars reaches opposition today, marking spring stargazers’ best opportunity to view the planet since 2007. At a paltry 93 million km away (a stone’s throw, cosmologically speaking), you definitely won’t need a telescope or binoculars to see the red wanderer this month.
Ready to get more involved in space exploration, but not sure where to start? Whether you’re interested in discovering new planets, searching for extraterrestrial life, or defending the world from killer asteroids, you can become a citizen scientist today through Ariel Waldman's fantastic Spacehack directory.
As Waldman puts it, “The most important thing I learned at NASA was that I didn’t even need to work at NASA to explore space.”
Regardless of educational background or experience, we all have something to contribute to this immensely important endeavor.
Is there a science to artistic expression? And who are some people combining science and art creatively?
Hey, this is one of our favorite topics! Here are a few of our favorite artworks that intersect with science and engineering…
- The brain on music: Researchers at UCSF worked with Mickey Hart (former drummer of the Grateful Dead) to create real time images of his brain while he performs.
- A lovely drawing of UCLA’s Anna Fisher, the first mother in space.
- Do-Ho Suh’s Fallen Star: this feat of engineering is located on the top of the Jacobs School at UC San Diego.
- Portrait of a Beekeeper: Photographer Richard Avedon enlisted the help of UC Davis entomologist (and professional bee wrangler) Dr. Norman Gary.
- Astrophysics, art & gaming: UC Santa Cruz’s OpenLab is a space for artists and scientists to develop projects together.
I enjoyed this meditation from Greg on art’s intersection with science. Those are great links above, and I’d also recommend my #sciart tag for more. Discussions like these seem to begin with the assumption that art and science have long been at odds. I’m not sure that’s true, at least not in the long run.
Regardless, I think that the two disciplines cook with very similar crucibles of creation, and dammit I’m just gonna have to make a video about this.