Michio Kaku on Physics of the Impossible

April 2nd, 2009

I interviewed Dr. Michio Kaku last spring. This is the first of several excerpts from the interview. Dr. Kaku talks about where he got his inspiration for his book, The Physics of the Impossible. Distributed by Tubemogul.


I plan to release the hour-long interview in its entirety in little bite-sized chunks over the next several weeks. There are some gems of wisdom to look forward to!

ScienceBlogs Brazil Launches!

March 18th, 2009

Seed Magazine and ScienceBlogs have embarked on a new endeavor of opening up science discussions in South America.

ScienceBlogs Brazil brings together the most original and influential voices within the Brazilian science community, some of whom have already won accolades for their blogging. Edited from São Paulo by Carlos Hotta and Atila Iamarino, ScienceBlogs Brazil launches today with 23 Portuguese-language blogs on topics ranging from genetics to the environment. “I think we need people committed to raising scientific awareness in Brazil,” said Carlos Hotta, “and I am certain that ScienceBlogs Brazil will turn our local voices into global ones.”

With its growing science community and emphasis on science as a cornerstone of economic growth under a multi-year, multi-billion dollar Science, Technology and Innovation Plan of Action for National Development, Brazil is emerging as a vital player in global science culture. The country is the fifth most populous in the world and has over 67 million Internet users.

If you are so inclined, check out ScienceBlogs Brazil, and definitely spread the word.

Let’s Talk Science

October 1st, 2008

Hey Everyone!

I’d like to invite you to join the new TWIS book club.

We’ll be reading a book a month about something science-y. At the end of each month we will get together online and discuss the books and the science. I’m really looking forward to getting to hear what others think about the books we read, and sharing my thoughts  with other people.

So, check it out if you are so inclined.  Let’s get smart together!

More Science Raps

September 3rd, 2008

Oh, The Places I Go

June 16th, 2008

Like the RoboGames. What a fun event. It is absolutely amazing what people are building these days. The robots at the games ranged everywhere from little remote controlled humanoids to giant steel combat drones to autonomous explorers. I was doubly impressed by the number of kids involved in robot building. Robots are definitely not only for adults anymore. Young or old, all the builders at the games shared a love for creating that was fired up a notch due to the intensity of the competition.

Thank goodness I brought a camera along to record some of the experience.

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Banishing Dragons

June 11th, 2008

A friend of mine, Brian Dunning, host of the Skeptoid podcast and producer of the Skeptologists tv pilot, recently made this video on critical thinking. I think it is a fabulous introduction into the tools that all people should have in order to critically consider the deluge of information that bombards us on a daily basis. The video itself is of decent length (40 minutes) and without lots of fancy effects, so may be a slog for the ADD among us. But, Brian does a great job of clearly describing critical thinking and its importance, which makes this video something that I think every teacher should consider playing for their students.

As an aside, it might be nice for someone to develop some classroom tools to supplement this video.

Anyway, on to the video:

Pixie Dust?

May 20th, 2008

From the BBC.

I don’t think it’s pixie dust persay, but it is something special. It will be an amazing day when we discover the secrets of tissue regeneration.

And, some basic info from HowStuffWorks.

Thanks for the story, Ted!

The Lesson

April 7th, 2008

I’ve been trying to fit both movie trailers into one post, but to no avail. So, here is the ID version of Flock of Dodos, Ben Stein’s Expelled. You can find a rebuttal to Expelled at expelledexposed.com. I also found this rebuttal to Flock of Dodos interesting.

It all just goes to show that good editing can tell just about any story.

King Kong Blues

October 6th, 2007

So, I’m not really watching King Kong. I saw the original a long time ago, but I’ve never seen the Peter Jackson remake. Marshall is in the living room watching Mr. Jackson’s amazing movie, and I find myself unable to even listen to the thing. I’m sure the movie is amazing, but to me the story is just too sad to bring into my life. Yet, here I am writing about it (first entry in ages actually).

The story of King Kong is one of misunderstanding, greed, and the terrible acts of which humans are capable. Throughout the past couple of hours I have found myself tense and almost sick to my stomach from thinking about the inevitable end of the film. That big ape should have been left alone, just as scores of indigenous peoples throughout history should have been left alone. I know that’s probably a bit of a stretch, but I can’t help but be reminded of so many terrible human acts that could have been averted if people weren’t so consistently greedy.

So, when I cry at the end of King Kong, it’s not just for Kong. It’s for much, much more, and that’s why I just can’t bring myself to watch it. I know, I probably shouldn’t be so sensitive. 😛

Jesus Camp

July 26th, 2007

Saw this documentary recently. I highly recommend it as a very well produced film that opens a door into a growing sector of our nation’s community. Check it out:

Bill Maher, as usual, set up an extremely interesting conversation based on having watched the movie:

I would love to meet and talk with Mr. Maher. While I think he can be a raging jerk sometimes, he is also one of the most coherent voices in the media these days. I love it when people aren’t afraid to be smart.