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'Pale Blue Dot' Revisited

cusco shares a report: For the 30th anniversary of one of the most iconic views from the Voyager mission, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, is publishing a new version of the image known as the "Pale Blue Dot." The updated image uses modern image-processing software and techniques while respecting the intent of those who planned the image. Like the original, the new color view shows Planet Earth as a single, bright blue pixel in the vastness of space. Rays of sunlight sca...
Tags: Tech, Nasa, Neil Degrasse Tyson, Carl Sagan, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena California, Planet Earth, Carolyn Porco

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,...
Tags: Post, Space, Science, News, Nasa, Earth, Mars, Carl Sagan, Sagan, Voyager, Voyager Imaging Team

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

Wry Rules for Navigating a Flawed Universe

When we think about the principles which govern the universe, we typically think of laws which concern the realms of science and mathematics. Yet we also intuitively feel that there are equally universal laws unrelated to physics or calculus that explain the dynamics of social interactions, work, and the ordinary vicissitudes of daily life. Writer Paul Dickson has been compiling such principles for forty years. Inspired by Murphy’s Law (“If anything can go wrong, it will”), Dickson decided ...
Tags: Life, America, Warren Buffett, Rochester, Mike Nichols, Carl Sagan, Kurt Vonnegut, Murphy, Bennett, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Jefferson, Bertolt Brecht, Alfred North Whitehead, Rickey, Machiavelli, U S Department of Labor

Vintage NASA images reveal the agency's earliest feats, from launching the first astronauts to building a '70s space station

The US has been launching spacecraft since 1950, but NASA formed in 1958. Vintage photos show the space agency's earliest missions — from training the first astronauts to creating the golden record it sent beyond our solar system. These 24 vintage photos give a peek into NASA's early years and missions. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. NASA is preparing to launch its astronauts in the first commercial spacecraft ever built.  But it took decades of experimenting, tinkering, ...
Tags: Florida, US, America, Trends, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Mars, Naca, Carl Sagan, Cornell, Neil Armstrong, Cape Canaveral, Koch, Glenn, Michael Collins

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

best finds of 2019

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. Here are some of the best for 2019. Word of the Year @PhilosophyMttrs — “Word of the Year” — Ultracrepidarian — adjective noting or pertaining to a person who criticizes, judges, or gives advice outside the area of his or her expertise. Media “For years, a small hand lettered sign hung on the West wall of McLuhan’s Centre for Culture and Technology at the University o...
Tags: Pete Seeger, America, United States, Stephen Hawking, University of Toronto, Carl Sagan, eLearning, John Maynard Keynes, Forster, Wharton School of Business, Thomas Paine, McLuhan, Schumpeter, Stephen Downes, Friday's Finds, Karl Kraus

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

‘Dr. Stone’ is a Hilarious and Oddly Educational Anime About the Power of Science

(Welcome to Ani-time Ani-where, a regular column dedicated to helping the uninitiated understand and appreciate the world of anime.) After exploring the dark and complex existentialism of a ‘90s anime last time, this week we’re jumping right back to the present for maybe the most anticipated anime of the summer season, which somehow still managed to be its biggest surprise. I’m talking about Dr. Stone .  Yes, Dr. Stone is the highly anticipated adaptation of one of the most popular mang...
Tags: Movies, Features, Anime, Coca Cola, Bill Nye, Carl Sagan, Dexter, Stone, Ani, Featured Stories Sidebar, Dr. Stone, Senku, Dr Stone Yes Dr Stone, Senku Ishigami

Experiencing Deep Time Through Visual Storytelling

Geological Time Spiral Deep time is a notoriously hard concept to grasp. Our lived human experience is grounded in a timeframe that is at odds with the geological time frame of millions or billions of years. Since geologists began figuring out the true scale of geologic time, they have tried to communicate this scale through a series of metaphors, maps, and visualizations. Famous examples of this include Carl Sagan’s Cosmic Calendar, and for children, Montessori’s Clock of Eras. Advances i...
Tags: Technology, Future, Earth, Smithsonian, PANGEA, Carl Sagan, The Big Here, Ian Webster, Scotese, Meilan Solly, Marcia Bjornerud, Peter Oswald, Time Walk Deep Time Walk, Stephan Harding Deep Time Walk, Deep Time Walk

Spinning Tethers for Space Propulsion

I love rocket launches. They are loud, carry cool things into space, and last a surprisingly long time considering how fast the rocket is already traveling when it clears the tower. But I think we’re going to look back on this era of space travel and marvel that launches & rockets were our only means of getting things into and around space (planetary gravity assists notwithstanding). We’re already moving in that direction; the initial tests of a space sail inspired by Carl Sagan have been promis...
Tags: Neal Stephenson, Carl Sagan, Jason Kottke, Moon Mars, Kurzgesagt, Carl Sagan Kurzgesagt Neal Stephenson Seveneves

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

Why Brand Purpose Is Wishful Thinking

The idea that what we perceive is not an objective reflection of the physical world stretches back to the 1940s and the New Look school of psychology. Jerome Bruner and Cecile Goodman, psychologists at Harvard University, ran an experiment in 1947 that suggested that what we saw partly reflected our desires. They showed children five denominations of coins, one at a time. After each one the children had to adjust a projector until the beam of light was the same size as the coin. The experime...
Tags: Harvard University, Emirates, Carl Sagan, WPP, Branding, Danone, Mercedes Benz, Martin Sorrell, Millward Brown, Polkinghorne, Stonyfield Farm, Tom Peters, Jerome Bruner, Mark Ritson, Moet Chandon, Stengel

To space and beyond with open source

Carl Sagan once said, "The universe is a pretty big place. If it[he]#039[/he]s just us, seems like an awful waste of space." In that vast desert of seeming nothingness hides some of the most mysterious and beautiful creations humankind ever has—or ever will—witness. Open source projects are helping to satisfy our curiosity about what lies far beyond Earth's atmosphere.
Tags: Earth, Linux, Carl Sagan

In 1983, Carl Sagan Urged NASA to Send a Mission to Saturn and Titan

"We very much hope that NASA will be able to make an early commitment to such a mission," wrote Sagan to administrator James Beggs.
Tags: Nasa, Saturn, Carl Sagan, Sagan

Where Did Human Beings Come From? 7 Million Years of Human Evolution Visualized in Six Minutes

One vulgar conception of human evolution holds that we "come from monkeys." You don't have to be a bona fide evolutionary biologist to know that's not quite how we currently understand it to have happened, but how clearly do you grasp the real story? The animation from the American Museum of Natural History above goes over seven million years of evolution in a mere six minutes, and it's certainly not a straight line down from "monkeys" to us. The video does, however, start its story with...
Tags: Google, Biology, College, Africa, American Museum of Natural History, Seoul, Richard Dawkins, Carl Sagan, Facebook Twitter, Homo, Colin Marshall, Foot Long Infographic, 21st Century Los Angeles

Dan Werthimer wins 2019 Carl Sagan Prize.

Congratulations to our own Dan Werthimer for winning the ! The Sagan Prize is presented specifically to recognize and encourage researchers who “have contributed mightily to the public understanding and appreciation of science.” You can read more about the Sagan Prize and see past winners at .
Tags: Carl Sagan, Dan Werthimer, Sagan Prize

Ponder about it!

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Tags: Quotes, Images, Music, Comic, Comix, Calvin & Hobbes, Curiousbrainmashup, ― Carl Sagan

Film Review: ‘The Sun Is Also a Star’

Ask Natasha Kingston (Yara Shahidi) who she adores, and she’ll answer astronomer Carl Sagan, whose presence hovers like Cupid over Ry Russo-Young’s winsome and intelligent teen romance “The Sun Is Also a Star,” based on the bestselling YA novel by Nicola Yoon. (The production team also adapted Yoon’s “Everything, Everything” into a 2017 weepie.) Like […]
Tags: Reviews, Carl Sagan, Yoon, Charles Melton, Nicola Yoon, Yara Shahidi, The Sun is also a Star, Ry Russo-Young, Natasha Kingston Yara Shahidi

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

fahrenheit friday

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. “Nobody listens anymore. I can’t talk to the walls because they’re yelling at me, I can’t talk to my wife; she listens to the walls. I just want someone to hear what I have to say and maybe if I talk long enough it will make sense.” —Guy Montag, in Fahrenheit 451,  via @RossDawson Sarah Cone — “Under ancient Jewish law, if a suspect was unanimously found guilty by all jud...
Tags: America, United States, Carl Sagan, eLearning, Bruce Schneier, Guy Montag, Friday's Finds, Alex Clauss, Sarah Cone

This is How The Universe Ends

A still from Melodysheep’s Timelapse of the Future. T his much is certain: The sun, like all stars, will one day die. Its demise will begin five billion years from now, when it starts running out of fuel. It will slowly bloat into a red giant, becoming over two hundred times larger than it is today and thousands of times more luminous. As it expands, it will consume nearby planets—including, most probably, our own. After devouring the planets it helped sustain, it too will die. This cosm...
Tags: Youtube, Future, Earth, Antarctica, Brian Cox, Mars, Carl Sagan, Juan Benet, Richard Feynman, Janet Leigh, Martin Rees, Hitchcock, Boswell, The Big Here, Craig Childs, John D Boswell

How Leonardo da Vinci Drew an Accurate Satellite Map of an Italian City (1502)

When I look at maps from centuries ago, I wonder how they could have been of any use. Not only were they filled with mythological monsters and mythological places, but the perspectives mostly served an aesthetic design rather than a practical one. Of course, accuracy was hard to come by without the many mapping tools we take for granted—some of them just in their infancy during the Renaissance, and many more that would have seemed like outlandish magic to nearly everyone in 15th century ...
Tags: Google, Art, Europe, Math, Maps, College, History, Vox, Carl Sagan, Facebook Twitter, Leonardo, Leonardo da Vinci, Josh Jones, Borgia, Imola, Vitruvius

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

Cosmic Crushed Crystal Cheese Board

Carl Sagan famously explained that everything on Earth is "made of star stuff." This cosmos-inspired cheese board takes that notion to the next level. Each cherry wood serving tray depicts a one-of-a-kind cosmic scene, painted by Melanie Malia. By infusing her paint with hand-crushed selenite crystals, which some believe radiate positive energy, she adds an element of sparkle to the already complex design. The exposed wooden portion of the board is a prime spot for slicing, and the food-safe res...
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Is the truth out there? New paper proposes solution to the Fermi paradox

It's strange to ponder why no other civilizations have contacted us here on Earth. A new paper has used computer modelling to show it wouldn't necessarily take all that long for space-faring civilizations to travel across the galaxy. The post Is the truth out there? New paper proposes solution to the Fermi paradox appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Trends, Earth, Aliens, Carl Sagan, Emerging Tech, Fermi Paradox, Settlement Front, Stellar Motions

The New Normal: Spike Jonze Creates a Very Short Film About America’s Complex History with Cannabis

In two short minutes, director Spike Jonze takes you from the hemp farms of George Washington to Reefer Madness and America's long, costly prohibition against cannabis--a prohibition that's now getting dismantled state by state. Narrated by actor Jesse Williams, the short was made for MedMen, an American publicly traded company that provides "a wide range of ... high quality cannabis products." Welcome to the new normal.... Related Content: Spike Jonze’s Stop Motion Film Hauntingly Anima...
Tags: Google, Film, College, America, Carl Sagan, Reefer Madness, Spike Jonze, George Washington, Facebook Twitter, Jesse Williams