There Is No Shame In Reality

Playlist with speeches from Youtube on religion and human kind’s place in the Universe. The speeches are from Dawkins, Hitchens, and Sagan.

Play time: 1hr 25min

Dramatic New Video Brings You to the Dazzling Lunar Surface

This video has been in production for a while and was not originally meant to honor Neil Armstrong, but it very well could memorialize the first human explorer to set foot on the Moon. This short video titled “From the Earth to the Moon” provides a stunning and inspirational view of the lunar surface, and “highlights vast portions of the lunar surface that have yet to be explored, and demonstrates how new images are revealing dramatic details of future landing sites suitable for both robotic and human missions,” writes lunar scientist David Kring, one of the researchers behind creating this video.

All of the footage is from actual images and data from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter; there are no artist renditions or animations.

Read more.

Cosmos: A Three-Movement Choral Suite [Carl Sagan Tribute Series]

Cosmos is a three-movement choral suite composed by Kenley Kristofferson using the text of 20th-century astronomer and science popularizer, Carl Sagan. Recorded by Antiphony at the Manitoba Museum (Planetarium) in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada on May 29th, 2012.

Download the MP3 version at http://kenleykristofferson.com/music/cosmos

Credits
Composer…Kenley Kristofferson (http://www.kenleykristofferson.com/)
Performers …Antiphony (http://www.antiphony.ca)
Videographer…Kert Gartner (http://www.kertgartner.com)
Videographer…Marlon Wiebe (http://mr.mwiebe.com/)
Sound Engineer…Jonathan Pearce Visual Effects…Callum Sutherland
Text…Carl Sagan
Special Thanks…Manitoba Museum (http://www.manitobamuseum.ca)

External Visuals (In Order of First Use)
Discovery Channel…Curiosity
Discovery Channel…Into The Universe with Stephen Hawking
Visual Concept Entertainment…Trinity and Beyond
Warner Bros…Hubble 3D
BBC…Space Race
Universal Pictures…Apollo 13
Discovery Channel…In the Shadow of the Moon
NASA…Cosmic Voyage
ESOCast 33…José Francisco Salgado (josefrancisco.org)
NASA…Blue Planet
BBC…Wonders of the Solar System
ESOCast 41…José Francisco Salgado (josefrancisco.org)
Discovery Channel…How it’s Made
BBC…Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster
BBC…Enemies of Reason
Walt Disney Pictures…Roving Mars
NASA…JWST Deploy Animation
PBS…Carl Sagan’s Cosmos

Neil Tyson Speaks at First Comes the Dream

What inspires scientists and innovators? On July 19, First Comes the Dream, a celebration of New York City’s emergence as a premier technology center, brought luminaries from science, technology, and media to the American Museum of Natural History to find out.

Co-hosted by the Museum with leading tech blog Gizmodo, the evening began in the Hayden Planetarium with remarks from Museum President Ellen Futter, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, and New York City Deputy Mayor Robert Steel before launching the awe-struck audience on a tour of the universe with the Museum’s Director of Astrovisualization Carter Emmart.

Next, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Museum’s Hayden Planetarium, sat down for an interview with iO9’s Annalee Newitz in the Cullman Hall of the Universe. In this video, find out what sparked Dr. Tyson’s interest in astronomy and what he thinks the future of space exploration might hold.

“I Am a Scientist”

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Mates of State cover Guided by Voices to promote girls in science

The problems are clear. Science and technology fields hold the jobs of the future, but our young women aren’t being prepared effectively to lead, or even compete. Interest in science is equal among younger girls and boys, and then diverges from middle school onward. There’s many culprits to blame, and most of them are social.

So again we ask: How do we fix it?

There’s wrong ways. And then there’s really wrong ways, like last week’s “Science, It’s A Girl Thing” fiasco. You don’t encourage girls in science by creating unrealistic role models and more stereotypes. That’s why I love the soon-to-be-released Science Fair album, especially this track from Mates of State.

To me, it captures all the right stuff about science. The happy curiosity, the proud young girl hard at work on what makes her feel good, and getting to prove the naysayers wrong in the end. I love that the full album features tracks that serve to inspire young girls in education, all performed by female singers, and that all of the proceeds will go to girls’ STEM programs through Girls, Inc..

If you’d like more information on the Science Fair album, check out their website. 

(Special thanks to video director Lindsay Van Dyke for sending this my way)

Support girls in science: http://sciencefaircd.com
Directed by: Lindsay Van Dyke
Director of Photography: Tim Kerigan
Grips: Julia Kurtz, Sarah Fahey, Sarah Wentworth
Props: Gregery Miller
Science Girl: Ashley Navarro
Editor: Lindsay Van Dyke
Special Effects: Bill Parker
Still Photographer: Kendra Van Dyke
Production Assistant: Nicole St. Marie

Special thank you to Bob Pollard of Guided by Voices and Smith College.
And thank you to Bill Childs, Emily Bloch, Steven Van Dyke, Janice Blair, and Lori Navarro.

Spare the Rock Records 2012.