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Astronomers found a gas in Venus' clouds that could signal alien life

An image of Venus. NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center Venus' carbon-dioxide-rich atmosphere and high temperatures make the planet's surface inhospitable to life. But new research suggests the clouds surrounding Venus could harbor microbial life. A new study found traces of phosphine — a gas typically produced by anaerobic microbes on Earth — in the upper reaches of Venus' clouds. The researchers suggest the phosphine's origin "could be unknown photochemistry or geochemistry, or possibly life....
Tags: Europe, Space, Japan, Science, News, Beck, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Chile, Hawaii, Yale, New Zealand, European Space Agency, Mars, Saturn

A Physicist Examines the Scientific Accuracy of Physics Shown in Major Movies: Batman, Gravity, Contact, Interstellar, Star Trek & More

Ever had a friend who cannot bring themselves suspend disbelief? It’s not a moral failing, but it can be a tedious quality in situations like, say, the movies, or the cinema, or whatever you call it when you’ve paid your day’s wages for a giant tub of carcinogenic popcorn and a three-hour distraction. (These days, maybe, an overpriced streaming new release and Grubhub.) Who doesn’t love a big-screen science fiction epic—science be damned? Who wants to listen to the seatmate who mutters "...
Tags: Google, Science, Film, College, Harvard, Jurassic Park, Clarke, Kubrick, Batman, Ron Howard, Carl Sagan, Facebook Twitter, Jeff Goldblum, Josh Jones, Durham NC Follow, Dominic Walliman

When Astronomer Johannes Kepler Wrote the First Work of Science Fiction, The Dream (1609)

The point at which we date the birth of any genre is apt to shift depending on how we define it. When did science fiction begin? Many cite early masters of the form like Jules Verne and H.G. Wells as its progenitors. Others reach back to Mary Shelley’s 1818 Frankenstein as the genesis of the form. Some few know The Blazing World, a 1666 work of fiction by Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, who called her book a “hermaphroditic text.” According to the judgment of such experts as Is...
Tags: Google, Astronomy, Science, College, Religion, Literature, Sci Fi, William Gibson, Kepler, Carl Sagan, Facebook Twitter, Galileo, Frankenstein, Wells, Copernicus, Jules Verne

Tomorrow (Thursday): Sasha Sagan and Ann Druyan in conversation with David Pescovitz

Tomorrow, Thursday (5/14), I'm honored to be moderating a free online conversation with two brilliant women whose work is a light in the darkness during these uncertain times. My friend Ann Druyan is the executive producer, writer, and director of Cosmos, the iconic TV show she co-created with her late husband and collaborator, astronomer and science communicator Carl Sagan. From her work as creative director of the Voyager Golden Record to her numerous books, most recently Cosmos: Possible Wo...
Tags: Post, Space, Science, Hope, News, Optimism, ANN, Authors, Rituals, Carl Sagan, Meaning, Wonder, Sasha, Carl, Ann Druyan, David Pescovitz

Q&A: ‘Cosmos’ author Ann Druyan muses about possible worlds — and what Carl Sagan would do

How many dimensions does the cosmos have? If we're talking about string theory, it could be 10, or 11, or 26 dimensions. But if we're talking about "Cosmos," the TV series made famous by the late astronomer Carl Sagan 40 years ago, there are now three dimensions. It all started with the original "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage," which brought cosmic topics such as stellar evolution and extraterrestrial life to prime-time TV in 1980. Eighteen years after Sagan's death in Seattle, the show ...
Tags: Science, Seattle, Carl Sagan, Sagan, Ann Druyan, Cosmos

‘Cosmos: Possible Worlds’ finds hope for humanity in a hopeless era

In a time where it's easy to feel a bit concerned about the fate of civilization -- take your pick of calamities, really -- National Geographic's Cosmos is like a hope-filled salve. Developed by Ann Druyan, the co-creator of the original show together with her husband Carl Sagan, and hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cosmos: Possible Worlds is an exploration of humanity, our past, present and our potential future. The 1980 series redefined how complex topics could be communicated on TV. And...
Tags: Science, Star Trek, Neil Degrasse Tyson, Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan, Brannon Braga, Druyan, National Geographic s Cosmos

Carl Sagan's Pale Blue Dot image is 30 years old today

Thirty years ago today, the Voyager 1 spaceprobe had completed its ncounters with the outer planets and was careening out of our solar system. The time came to shut off the probes' cameras to preserve power and memory for the other onboard scientific instruments. But before engineers flipped the switch, one last photo opportunity was not to be missed. From my liner notes to the Voyager Golden Record vinyl box set: Astronomer and educator Carl Sagan, a member of the Voyager Imaging Team,...
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NASA Releases Remixed Version of Iconic ‘Pale Blue Dot’ Photo

A humbling photo of Earth taken by the Voyager 1 probe from a distance of 3.7 billion miles has been reprocessed by NASA to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the image. Read more...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Space Exploration, Carl Sagan, Space Photography, Pale Blue Dot, Hey I Can See My House From Here

How's Your Internship Going? This Teen Found a Planet

The summer before senior year of high school can be a stressful time for a teenager. Childhood is winding down. College applications loom large. Many students are looking for an edge that will help them get into the right school. Last year, Wolf Cukier, 17, spent his summer vacation as few other rising seniors have: He helped discover a planet.Meet TOI 1338 b, the newly identified world orbiting two stars more than 1,300 light years away.Last July, just after he finished his junior year at Scars...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, New York Times, University Of Chicago, Kepler, Carl Sagan, Wolf, Honolulu, SETI Institute, Scarsdale, Tess, American Astronomical Society, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt Maryland, Adina Feinstein

How the Sagan standard can help you make better decisions

Carl Sagan famously shared the aphorism "Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence."This approach can help us fight off fake information.Scientific thinkers in centuries before Carl Sagan also expressed similar sentiment. None Is there an omnipotent all-knowing entity, otherwise known as "God", ruling our daily affairs and caring enough to judge our behaviors on an individual basis? Or is our life ruled by an invisible supercomputer that pre-ordains most of our actions, ensuring an i...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, History, Artificial Intelligence, Physics, Innovation, Philosophy, Carl Sagan, Personal Growth, Don, Flournoy, Sagan, Cosmos, David Hume, Decision-making, David Deming

Neil deDrasse Tyson Teaches Scientific Thinking and Communication in a New Online Course

One doesn't normally get into astrophysics for the fame. But sometimes one gets famous anyway, as has astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space. But that title doesn't even hint at the scope of his public-facing ventures, from the columns he's written in magazines like Natural History and StarDate to his hosting of television shows like NOVA and the sequel to Carl Sagan's Cosmos to his podcast StarTalk and his high-profi...
Tags: Google, Science, Stephen Colbert, College, Neil Gaiman, Nasa, Online Courses, Stephen Hawking, Neil Degrasse Tyson, Isaac Newton, Seoul, Pluto, Carl Sagan, David Byrne, Werner Herzog, Facebook Twitter

Neil deGrasse Tyson: Want to prove aliens exist? Do this.

Are UFOs actually alien spacecraft visiting Earth? They might be, says Neil deGrasse Tyson, but if you want to make that claim you better bring the evidence to support it.Eyewitness testimony is the lowest form of evidence. To measure what is true or not true in the world, we require data -- and when it comes to alien appearances, it's as astronomer Carl Sagan said: "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence."So what can you do to prove your alien abduction story? Take selfies, live-st...
Tags: Space, Science, Social Media, Data, Earth, Innovation, Universe, Neil Degrasse Tyson, Carl Sagan, Extraterrestrial Life, Cosmos

Drop Everything and Watch This New Documentary Series About Retro-Futuristic Space Artists

Did you see those slick animations of space colonies that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos showed off yesterday? They were, not surprisingly, inspired by Gerard O’Neill’s ideas from the 1970s. And if that kind of thing interests you (and of course it does, you’re reading Paleofuture right now) then you have to drop…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Movies, Amazon Prime, Documentaries, Jeff Bezos, Carl Sagan, Gerard O'Neill, Don Davis, Rick Guidice, Charles Lindsay, Artist Depiction

The Voyager Golden Record deconstructed on the Twenty Thousand Hertz podcast

The new episode of the always-fascinating Twenty Thousand Hertz podcast is a play-through of the Voyager Golden Record, the iconic message for extraterrestrials attached to the Voyager I and II space probes launched in 1977. Listen below. The Golden Record tells a story of our planet expressed in sounds, images, and science: Earth’s greatest music from myriad peoples and eras, from Bach to Blind Willie Johnson to Chuck Berry, Benin percussion to Solomon Island panpipes to, yes, Mozart's The Mag...
Tags: Post, Space, Music, Science, News, Nasa, Hertz, Carl Sagan, Mozart, Extraterrestrials, Bach, Timothy Ferris, Blind Willie Johnson, Solomon Island, Linda Salzman Sagan, Voyager Golden Record

How the first picture of a black hole captures a big 2019 mood

For decades, pictures from space have forced humanity to reckon with our own cosmically small insignificance. But they have nothing on today's monumental first in space photography.  The Event Horizon Telescope captured a phenomenon so mysterious, so literally awesome that, for many years, scientists believed it would be impossible to depict: a black hole. EHT's international group of astronomers revealed "a bright ring formed as light bends in the intense gravity around a black hole t...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Mars, Chelsea Peretti, Sauron, Carl Sagan, Daniel Howell

550 Million Years of Human Evolution in an Illustrated Flipbook

Graphic artist Jurian Moller created a flipbook that lets you watch 550 million years of human evolution unfold in a matter of seconds. He writes: "This flipbook goes back in time and shows you the evolution of the generations in both a personal and scientific way. The differences between the generations on each page are very difficult to see, but the long, continuous ancestral line goes right back to our very origins." The action is on full display above. Below, watch the same flipbook ...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, Twitter, Science, College, Richard Dawkins, Carl Sagan, Facebook Twitter, Moller, Foot Long Infographic, Jurian Moller

7 of the most popular science books of all time

Chaos theory, evolution and the cosmos make for an eye-opening read. Carl Sagan paints a sagacious picture of humanity's place in the universe.Great scientists give us a glimpse into their minds and their theories.Scientists have been sleuthing through the mysteries and secrets of the universe since humankind first started asking questions. Just what is going on in this grand amphitheater of reality? The courageous and curious sometimes leave their ivory towers to translate their arcane works ...
Tags: Books, Science, Scotland, Time, Earth, Physics, Innovation, Literature, Stephen Hawking, Evolution, Charles Darwin, Dyson, Richard Dawkins, Einstein, Carl Sagan, Darwin

The Orville Makes First Contact and a New Crewmember Joins in 'All the World Is Birthday Cake'

Spoilers ahead. The first thing to note about the latest "The Orville" episode, "All the World Is Birthday Cake," is that we're finally introduced to Lt. Alara Kitan's replacement. Since Halston Sage left the series in the episode "Home" (S02, E03) for reasons unknown, we've been waiting to meet the character set to be played by Jessica Szohr. Fox had been promoting her name since the beginning of Season 2. So, welcome, Lt. Talla Keyali. She's another Xelayan, so she has the s...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Fox, Beverly Hills, Bronx, Khan, Hulu, Seth Macfarlane, John Williams, Carl Sagan, James Horner, Ted Danson, Talla, Isaac, Orville, Grayson

5 types of climate change deniers, and how to change their minds

Climate change is easily one of humanity's greatest threats, and a mountain of data and evidence support this assertion.Despite the evidence, only 71% of Americans believe that climate change is real and primarily driven by human activities.People can and do change their minds about climate change. Trying to convince people to change their minds is often more about picking the right target than it is providing the right arguments. None Do facts matter? In an objective sense, yes, of course they ...
Tags: Psychology, Science, Identity, Climate Change, Iraq, Environment, Earth, Nature, Innovation, Reddit, North Carolina, Carl Sagan, Don, Michael Shermer, Shermer, Tali Sharot

4 anti-scientific beliefs and their damaging consequences

Fifty years later after one of the greatest achievements of mankind, there's a growing number of moon landing deniers. They are part of a larger trend of anti-scientific thinking.Climate change, anti-vaccination and other assorted conspiratorial mindsets are a detriment and show a tangible impediment to fostering real progress or societal change. All of these separate anti-scientific beliefs share a troubling root of intellectual dishonesty and ignorance.We are living in an increasingly more co...
Tags: New York, Science, Climate Change, Earth, Innovation, United Nations, Grimes, Vaccines, Flat Earth, Carl Sagan, Alexandria, Moon Landing, Disney World, Andrew Wakefield, David Robert Grimes, Harrison Schmitt

10 science photos that made history and changed minds

Science has given humanity an incalculable boost over the recent centuries, changing our lives in ways both awe-inspiring and humbling. Fortunately, photography, a scientific feat in and of itself, has recorded some of the most important events, people and discoveries in science, allowing us unprecedented insight and expanding our view of the world. Here are some of the most important scientific photos of history: 1. Hubble's "eXtreme Deep Field" This photo, released on September 25th, 2012, c...
Tags: Photography, Science, London, Tesla, History, Nasa, Earth, Chemistry, Physics, Innovation, Universe, Nuclear Weapons, Manhattan, Albert Einstein, Planets, Trinity

Tholins: The red goo critical to life in the universe

Tholins are a broad group of organic compounds formed when simpler molecules are irradiated.They are extremely common in our solar system, and studies have shown that their properties are incredibly useful to emerging life.By tracking and understanding tholins, we might be able to find extraterrestrial life and even explain how life began on Earth. None It was no easy feat for life to get started on Earth. There was a long way to go from jumbles of dead molecules to the complicated machinery of ...
Tags: Science, Dna, Earth, Innovation, Universe, Evolution, Planets, Pluto, Carl Sagan, Astrobiology, Johns Hopkins University, Sagan, Sarah Hörst, Bishun Khare, Titan Europa Rhea Triton Pluto Ceres Makemake

Watch Carl Sagan's classic lecture series for kids and adults

In 1977, just a few months after Voyager 1 and 2 began their grand tour of the solar system, Carl Sagan gave the esteemed Christmas Lectures at the Royal Institution of Great Britain. You can watch them below via YouTube or at the Royal Institution's site. Launched by Michael Faraday in 1825, the Christmas Lectures are meant to be "engaging and mind-expanding... for all ages but particularly children and young adults." As usual, Carl delivered the goods. From the Royal Institution: Beginni...
Tags: Post, Astronomy, Space, Science, News, Biology, Youtube, Nasa, Physics, Mars, Lectures, Royal Institution, Carl Sagan, Carl, Red Planet, Sagan

Happy birthday, Carl Sagan. Wish you were here.

Today would have been Carl Sagan's 84th birthday. I wish he were here. Watch the above, climb aboard your Ship of the Imagination, and make the future. View this post on Instagram My dear wonderful dad would be 84 today. I find that very hard to imagine. I spend a lot of time wondering what he would be like as an old man. I wish I could know that version of him. Just as I wish I could know the version of him pictured h...
Tags: Video, Space, Science, Hope, News, Optimism, Carl Sagan, Sagan, Carl Sagan Institute, Spaceship Of The Imagination, Sasha Sagan, CarlSagan

Laser "porch light" could be a beacon for ETs

A feasibility study in the Astrophysical Journal explains how a powerful laser on an Earth mountaintop, focused through a huge telescope, could shine a light of infrared radiation that would be detectable up to 20,000 light years away. While some scientists are concerned about alerting extraterrestrials to our presence, I agree with what something said to me by Ann Druyan -- co-writer of Cosmos and many other works with her husband Carl Sagan -- when we were working on the Voyager Golden Record:...
Tags: Post, Science, News, Earth, Mit, Lasers, Carl Sagan, Seti, Astrophysics, Extraterrestrials, Clark, Morse, ETS, JAMES CLARK, Ann Druyan, Cosmos

Happy anniversary, Voyager 1 and the Voyager Golden Record!

On this day in 1977, NASA launched Voyager 1 on a grand tour of the solar system and into the mysteries of interstellar space. (It followed the launch of Voyager 2 a few weeks earlier.) Attached to each of these probes is a beautiful golden record containing a message for any extraterrestrial intelligence that might encounter it. This enchanting artifact, officially called the Voyager Interstellar Record, may be the last vestige of our civilization after we are gone forever. Curated by a commi...
Tags: Post, Space, Science, News, Nasa, Beethoven, Carl Sagan, Bach, Timothy Ferris, Willie Johnson, Golden Record, Solomon Island, Voyager, Timothy Daly Lawrence Azerrad, Chuck Berry Benin, Earth Speeding

Laughing Gas May Have Helped Warm Early Earth and Given Breath to Life

Laughing gas and the mystery of Carl Sagan's Faint Young Sun Paradox: When the sun shone dimmer an eon ago, Earth remained warm in spite of it likely thanks to a mix of greenhouse gases. Biogeochemists have now shown how N20, known today for its use as a dental anesthetic, may have made it into the mix.
Tags: Science, Earth, Carl Sagan, Faint Young Sun Paradox

Perseids meteor shower 2018: Everything you need to know about last night's peak

Every year our skies are lit up by returning meteor showers, from Perseids to Lyrids, Orionids to Geminids. If the weather conditions are in our favour and the moon isn't too bright, there's a chance you'll be able to see some spectacular shooting stars in action. Here is our guide to the must-see meteor showers of 2018 – including the spectacular Perseids shower which was at its peak overnight – as well as where and how to see them. What exactly is a meteor shower? A meteor showe...
Tags: Europe, Japan, UK, England, Science, Greece, Scotland, Nasa, Earth, Britain, Comet, Finland, Orion, Glasgow, Scarborough, Mars

Perseids meteor shower 2018: Everything you need to know about tonight's peak

Every year our skies are lit up by returning meteor showers, from Perseids to Lyrids, Orionids to Geminids. If the weather conditions are in our favour and the moon isn't too bright, there's a chance you'll be able to see some spectacular shooting stars in action. Here is our guide to the must-see meteor showers of 2018 – including the spectacular Perseids shower which will peak this weekend – as well as where and how to see them. What exactly is a meteor shower? A meteor shower o...
Tags: Europe, Japan, UK, England, Science, Greece, Scotland, Nasa, Earth, Britain, Comet, Finland, Orion, Glasgow, Scarborough, Mars

Perseids 2018 meteor shower: Everything you need to know about the peak this weekend

Every year our skies are lit up by returning meteor showers, from Perseids to Lyrids, Orionids to Geminids. If the weather conditions are in our favour and the moon isn't too bright, there's a chance you'll be able to see some spectacular shooting stars in action. Here is our guide to the must-see meteor showers of 2018 – including the spectacular Perseids shower which will peak this weekend – as well as where and how to see them. What exactly is a meteor shower? A meteor shower o...
Tags: Europe, Japan, UK, England, Science, Greece, Scotland, Nasa, Earth, Britain, Comet, Finland, Orion, Glasgow, Scarborough, Mars

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