Space advocate, science nerd, and author Carl Sagan believed “the Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena” and that we have a responsibility to “deal more kindly with one another and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.” He wrote about humanity’s interconnectedness with all things, including the faraway places we have yet to explore, with poetry, passion, and wisdom. To celebrate Sagan’s birthday, we’ve gathered 25 of the most beautiful space-related tattoos — and a few that even feature Sagan (and his words) himself.
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Last year, Indian graphic designer Kapil Bhagat thrilled science geeks with a series of minimalist posters that used typography to illustrate famous scientists’ greatest achievements. The only problem? Every single one was devoted to a man. But Bhagat has remedied that oversight with a new set of posters, celebrating everyone from… Read More
Last week, Flavorwire took a look at literary restaurants with an eye towards getting those book nerds around the world fed. But what if you’re another kind of nerd? Never fear, for there is a restaurant geared at every sort of geek, whether you’re into gaming, comic books, Star Wars, World of Warcraft, or all of the above. Click through to see some of the… Read More
For decades, that one poster of Einstein sticking his tongue out has been the go-to dorm-room decoration for eager science majors. Thankfully for the design-savvy future physicists of the world, Indian graphic designer Kapil Bhagat celebrated his home country’s recent National Science Day by creating a series of attractive posters that subtly highlight famous scientists’ most important discoveries. Darwin’s theory of evolution plays out typographically; the “o” in Newton’s name becomes his famous apple; and, yes, Einstein’s famous equation gets a clever shout out. Click through to see the series, which we learned about via io9, and buy the posters at Society6.
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Ever wonder why marijuana makes users so fixated on individual ideas, no matter how banal? Learn the scientific answer to that and discover what smoking a joint does to your brain in this fascinating video from Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown of AsapSCIENCE. If that awful “this is your brain on drugs” commercial with the splattered egg in a frying pan is the closest you’ve ever gotten to understanding the neurological affects of illegal substances, you’ll definitely want to watch. And after you do, be sure to check out the rest of cool and practical videos at AsapSCIENCE’s YouTube page, including tips for curing hangovers and “The Scientific Power of Music.” Whether or not you artificially stimulate your neurotransmitters beforehand is completely up to you.
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OK, so this fascinating clip doesn’t really feature a dancing squid, but rather, the pigment cells of a Woods Hole squid reacting like crazy to electrical impulses created by the sounds of Cypress Hill. But honestly, how cool is that? Click through to have your minds blown by microscopic footage of the experiment, which was executed by the neuroscience wizards over at Backyard Brains (who, it’s worth mentioning, previously stimulated a cockroach leg with the Beastie Boys), and which we spotted, rather fittingly, thanks to Laughing Squid.
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Bill Nye has been our hero since his Bill Nye the Science Guy days in the ’90s, when he managed to awaken a whole generation of kids to the awesomeness of science. In recent years, the scientist and mechanical engineer has been recognized as a serious authority in the field, appearing on networks like CNN to illuminate such topics as global warming and the Japanese nuclear crisis. He even helped build a sundial used in the recent Mars Rover mission. Now, Nye has a Big Think video out in which he explains why it’s important to teach kids evolution, rather than creation. “Evolution is the fundamental idea in all of life science, in all of biology,” he says. “It’s very much analogous to trying to do geology without believing in tectonic plates. You’re just not going to get the right answer. Your whole world is just going to be a mystery instead of an exciting place.” Watch the entire excellent interview below.
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Has it ever occurred to you that every pop song you hear piped into mall stores or blaring out the speakers of passing cars sounds basically the same, down to the Auto-Tuned chorus? Well, take heart, because that isn’t just you getting old and cranky — scientists have just confirmed that pop music really is… Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we went bird-watching with Birders: The Central Park Effect. We practiced 50 pickup lines for the farmer’s market. We explored the top 10 Madonna controversies. We booked flights for 10 airlines that serve free alcohol. We jumped for this super cute marriage proposal. We read a… Read More