Science Meets YouTube

Science Meets YouTube Over the last few weeks I have been interested in how new media is changing education.  YouTube has become an exciting avenue for a new generation of science educators to build a global audience.  In the future, we should be lucky enough to see more and more interesting and exciting educational channels.  … Continue reading Science Meets YouTube

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The Universe’s Adolescent Pictures

The Universe's Adolescent Pictures One of the biggest questions in cosmology today is centered around the accelerated-expansion of the universe.  In order to better understand how the universe expands a team of scientists explored expansion during the “matter dominated” phase of the universe’s earlier history.  Observations from this phase indicate the expansion is more complicated … Continue reading The Universe’s Adolescent Pictures

Rethinking Education

Rethinking Education The current educational structure is deeply flawed.  In an ideal world every student would have a one-on-one tutor.  However, for several reasons this is not a feasible teaching structure.  But with the development of new computer technologies, it may be possible one day for everyone to have a one-on-one personalized computer tutor.  This … Continue reading Rethinking Education

Dear Universe, Sincerely Earth

Dear Universe, Sincerely Earth In 1977, NASA launched the Voyager Interstellar Mission (VIM).  During the first stages of this mission the Voyager 1 and 2 were programmed to explore the gas giant planets in the outer solar system.  Today they are still traveling away from Earth and are close to reaching interstellar space.  They will … Continue reading Dear Universe, Sincerely Earth

Exoplanets

Exoplanets A recent discovery in astronomy of an earth-sized planet 4.3 light years away may mark a threshold in the history of space exploration. If current trends in astronomy continue we may find an earth-sized planet in the habitable zone within the next few years. Cadell Last and Ryan Burke discuss. Podcast: Exoplanets on The … Continue reading Exoplanets

Recent Discovery of an Earth-Sized Exoplanet in Context

Recent Discovery of an Earth-Sized Exoplanet in Context An Earth-sized planet was recently discovered in a star system 4.3 light years away from Earth.  Despite being Earth-sized, it is far too close to its host star to be able to support life.  However, this planet represents yet another continuation of an impressive trend in astronomy … Continue reading Recent Discovery of an Earth-Sized Exoplanet in Context

The Singularity

The Singularity The Singularity is the concept that predicts humans will completely merge with their technology in the near future (2040s).  Many futurists, including prolific inventor Ray Kurzweil, believes that this is an evolutionary inevitability.  Is the singularity inevitable?  And if it is, what will happen afterwards?  Cadell Last and Scott Rodgerson discuss. Podcast: The … Continue reading The Singularity

An Idea to Change All Ideas

An Idea to Change All Ideas Ray Kurzweil is a prolific inventor and futurist that believes that humanity is reaching a new epoch in the history of the universe, life and humanity: the technological singularity.  The technological singularity is a predicted point in time when humans and technology will completely merge to create a new … Continue reading An Idea to Change All Ideas