11 posts tagged science
Nautilus is a new magazine on science, culture, and philosophy — launched only yesterday!
Spend some time Chasing the Higgs Boson, a beautiful interactive project by the NYT. Complete with a simple and engaging illustrated explanation What Is the Higgs?, a timeline The Higgs, From Theory to Reality, and even a glossary for the perplexed.
Carl Sagan’s message to Mars, recorded a few months before he died. Transcript via io9.
Hi, I’m Carl Sagan. This is a place where I often work in Ithaca, New York near Cornell University. Maybe you can hear, in the background, a 200-foot waterfall right nearby, which is probably — I would guess — a rarity on Mars, even in times of high technology.
Science and science fiction have done a kind of dance over the last century, particularly with respect to Mars. The scientists make a finding. It inspires science fiction writers to write about it, and a host of young people read the science fiction and are excited, and inspired to become scientists to find out more about Mars, which they do, which then feeds again into another generation of science fiction and science; and that sequence has played major role in our present ability to get to Mars. It certainly was an important factor in the life of Robert Goddard, the American rocketry pioneer who, I think more than anyone else, paved the way for our actual ability to go to Mars. And it certainly played a role in my scientific development.
I don’t know why you’re on Mars. Maybe you’re there because we’ve recognized we have to carefully move small asteroids around to avert the possibility of one impacting the Earth with catastrophic consequences, and, while we’re up in near-Earth space, it’s only a hop, skip and a jump to Mars. Or, maybe we’re on Mars because we recognize that if there are human communities on many worlds, the chances of us being rendered extinct by some catastrophe on one world is much less. Or maybe we’re on Mars because of the magnificent science that can be done there - the gates of the wonder world are opening in our time. Maybe we’re on Mars because we have to be, because there’s a deep nomadic impulse built into us by the evolutionary process, we come after all, from hunter gatherers, and for 99.9% of our tenure on Earth we’ve been wanderers. And, the next place to wander to, is Mars. But whatever the reason you’re on Mars is, I’m glad you’re there. And I wish I was with you.
We can’t help but wonder how the cosmos according to Carl would’ve changed if he’d lived to see the state of science and technology today.
Way to go girls! This is an amazing project.
They made it! Six girls from Kentucky brought back high resolution footage from 118,000 feet in the air, using only a camera and a homemade satellite. How cool is that?
They posted some early images on their project page — check ‘em out here.
Remember that Kickstarter we encouraged you to support back in June? THEY DID IT!
Peter Higgs, a theoretical physicist who constructed the Higgs boson hypothesis, congratulates [Fabiola] Gionotti, an experimental physicist who has been working tirelessly with her team to collect the data to ultimately prove Higgs’ work.
1947 Vol. 150, No. 5
Space pioneers could focus on answering, arguably, the most profound question ever asked by humans: are we alone?