Paul Shawcross, chief of the Office of Management and Budget’s Science and Space Branch, responding to a petition encouraging the United States to build a Death Star.
Another reason listed for opposing the Death Star construction?
“Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?”
This White House is the best White House.
the best white house? the one that kills first responders after drone strikes? so all they have to do is make a nerd reference to win your support? wow…
We lost Carl Sagan 16 years ago today. He has touched people’s lives, in life and in death, in ways that are difficult to put in to words. He was not only a wonderful teacher, but also someone who lit the fires of curiosity in those who learned from him. In that way, we have each been able to light our way to new knowledge, on paths of our own design.
If I am a teacher of any measure, in any form, it is because of people like Carl Sagan.
Remember him with this beautiful animated rendition of his finest ode to the cosmos, Pale Blue Dot:
I’ll leave this open for replies, a tribute wall to Carl Sagan. I’d love to hear your thoughts and remembrances. If Carl was here today, what would you say to him?
Have you ever heard of the amazing and inspirational Carl Sagan?
Carl Sagan was an American astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist, author and science communicator. Why inspirational? Well, there are many intelligent beings in the world but not all of them are capable of communicating and appealing to the people like Carl Sagan did. Carl Sagan did this through his books and various media (The Cosmos being especially popular).
Why bring him up now?
Well, today, along with many other humans, Carl Sagan was born 78 years ago on November 9th 1934. So happy Carl Sagan Day!
“For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.” - Carl Sagan.
“If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the Universe”. - Carl Sagan.
I recommend all of you to listen to this video by Symphony of Science “A glorious dawn ft. Stephen Hawking”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSgiXGELjbc
“I don’t want to believe, I want to know” —Carl Sagan
A fine message to start the day.
Artist Caren Alpert zooms in on a variety of foodstuffs, from fruits and vegetables to the most processed of processed foods, photographing them under an electron microscope and exposing their hidden landscapes.
1. Banana Skin, 210x Magnification
2. Blueberry, 19x Magnification
3. Oreo, 15x Magnification
4. Red Licorice, 20x Magnification
5. Pop Tart, 450x Magnification
Her full gallery contains fascinating looks at shrimp tails, pineapple leaves, raisins, fortune cookies, and more.
[Space exploration] is in financial trouble. Yet by many standards, such missions are inexpensive. Mariner Jupiter/Saturn costs about the same as the American aircraft shot down in Vietnam in the week in which I am writing these words (Christmas 1972). The Viking mission itself costs about a fortnight of the Vietnam war.
I find these comparisons particularly poignant: life versus death, hope versus fear. Space exploration and the highly mechanized destruction of people use similar technology and manufacturers, and similar human qualities of organization and daring. Can we not make the transition from automated aerospace killing to automated aerospace exploration of the solar system in which we live?❞
His thoughts on discovery versus destruction, from the same 1971 panel on Mars exploration that gave us Ray Bradbury’s romantic ode to Darwin and exploration.
How appropriate this is today. It puts our priorities squarely in view, like a mirror to the soul of mankind. Do we like what we see?
(via Brain Pickings)