Archive for the ‘Science!’ Category

Science Makes Me Feel Good.

August 24, 2011

During my Internet travels, I came across a video that was extremely relevant to my interests. It was a culmination of history, two of my favorite scientists, and rap battles. I’ve only watched it about 24 times. Please, do yourself the favor and watch their other videos.

On a slightly more serious, but more magical note, I came across this other science video, that samples from several different well-known scientists and their shows. It’s auto-tuned which makes it a sort of cosmic science-song lecture. It’s hard to explain, it’s ethereal and leaves me feeling rejuvenated about the world. Also, Carl Sagan is a science babe.

Saying Goodbye: The Space-Age

July 18, 2011

These sorts of entries are hard to start. So I usually just give up, and start them with a sort of apathetic clumsiness. Once I get going, it’s sort of hard to stop talking about issues that hit closer to home than normal. I will try not to turn this into a biased rant, but as a Floridian, American, Science-lover and Space enthusiast, I knew I had to write something about the ending of the NASA Space Travel program. It’s therapeutic, at the very least. When I first heard from a friend while out at a club one night, that they were considering cutting the funding for the Space program – I dismissed it entirely because it just seemed so crazy to me. I went home and did some research and my heart sank into my stomach. It was true – they didn’t have the funding to continue the program anymore, and my very first thought was “Oh, so we have the money to fund a fake war, cost people their lives needlessly,  but something as entirely American as the Space Program, something that incites hope and awe, we can just pull the plug and walk away from?” It’s no big surprise that this nation doesn’t have its priorities competitively straight, but this just took me entirely by surprise. It kills me to think that when I was a child, I wanted to be an Astronaut – among other things, and that now kids can no longer say that. It’s just become an archaic profession. That just hasn’t sunk in yet, really. The fact that no other Americans will go into space in the foreseeable future honestly disturbs me. We are Earthbound. Frank Bruni, an op-ed columnist for the New York Times said it best: “The programs end carries the force of a cruel metaphor, coming at a time where limits are all we talk about – we have no stars in our eyes.”.

It feels as if Americas sense of discovery is over.

Cruel metaphor, indeed.

The problem is that acceptable reasons alone — national security, economic benefit, scientific discovery —  don’t fully explain why we should launch ourselves into space. Rather, the true justification for space exploration is that such enterprises speak abundantly to our sense of human curiosity, of wonder and awe, and because they lift up human hearts everywhere when we do them.

A melancholy message scribbled on the board by a now ex-astronaut in their meeting room.

I can only hope that this break will allow bigger and better things to come to fruition, although I can’t say I’m crossing any fingers or holding my breath. This whole decision to me has me so completely faithless in humanity. Without a sense of wonder or adventure, something for people to look up or believe in, we wont be able to get by day-by-day. I firmly believe in that. I don’t want to look up at the sky every night, and think to myself “Remember that time we put men on the moon? Those were the good ole’ days.” No. I want to look up, and know that we are going to do more, that there is so much to know outside of what Telescopes can show us. Space may be the “Final Frontier” – but not exploring it at all is way to “final” for me. Every time I see a Florida state quarter, with the Space ship emblazoned on the back, it kills me to know that is no longer a part of our adventure as a state and nation. I can’t imagine something that was so tangible, becoming literal science-fiction. How have we got so far off course.

A father and son at the first and last shuttle launch.

I cant help but feel that we are taking steps backwards with decisions like funding these bullshit wars, cutting iconic and inspiring programs, and caring less about people and trying to pass everything off as a sort of utilitarianism. I could complain all the time, move to a different country, or give up all hope – but I wont do any of that. I wont let the decisions of idiots in power compromise my sense of adventure and discovery. Ever. As far as I’m concerned, I still want to be an Astronaut when I grow up.

The Power of Positivity.

May 29, 2011

As a self-proclaimed positive person, I do my best to reassure myself and others as often as possible. I’ve played the negativity game before, i’ve hurt my own feelings, and let other people hurt them and very openly became a negative and apathetic person for years. This was a point in my life I don’t often look back on, except when I need perspective on any current situations in my life. I don’t have much control over what happens in my life, but I have all the control over how I handle them, and how I let myself feel about them. After some less-than-stellar points in my life, I took some time to let myself travel and do things I wouldn’t normally do. I was rejuvenated and became a more positive person, and I haven’t felt more like “myself” since. The power of positive thinking is so incredibly underrated.

Not that long ago, I was reading through some Science blogs and forums, and found a really interesting theory that married positivity, science and in some cases spirituality together.  The experiment is called “The Water Crystals of Masaru Emoto“. Where Dr. Masaru Emoto exposed water to words of positivity and classical music, and then upon freezing the water it would form beautiful crystals. Water exposed to negative comments or abrasive music would form no crystals, or turn polluted. His theory, in short, was that humans are made up of 60-80% water, and that positive encouragement and self-affirmation makes more of a difference than we can even imagine. This experiment might be a little far-fetched for some, but if you look at it from both a scientific and non-scientific perspective, I feel it still makes a pretty big statement.

Here is a video displaying some of the results of the experiments.

So, hey, go say something nice to someone. Right now. You’ll both feel great.

S-s-s-science Rules!

May 11, 2011

Spoken like a true gentleman.

My crush on him has remained unwavering for at least 15 years.

Water = Marbles?

July 6, 2010

In just over  3 minutes you can learn how to make marbles out of water. This generally mind freaked me a bit, but it’s true – you can really do this. I don’t have any good reason why you should, but i don’t know, why wouldn’t you? Pretend you’re a wizard and impress your friends. Or if you don’t have any friends, make some marbles and play with those.

science cat thanks you for your time.

science cat thanks you for your time.