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Stories by Joanne Manaster

  • PsiVid Home ExpeRIments With Your Kids

    Home ExpeRIments With Your Kids

    Perhaps you’ve reached that point in the summer where your kids might be sitting around the house saying “I’m bored!” or perhaps you want them to be more engaged with the world around them.

    July 26, 2014 |

  • PsiVid Annedroids: A New Science Program for Kids

    Annedroids: A New Science Program for Kids

    Are you looking for an entertaining program for your kids to get them excited about science and engineering with role models their own age?

    July 25, 2014 |

  • PsiVid #Apollo45 Where were you when Apollo 11 Landed on the Moon?

    #Apollo45 Where were you when Apollo 11 Landed on the Moon?

    In recognition of the 45th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, the first moon landing, everyone is invited to participate in sharing their moon landing stories by uploading them to YouTube and sharing them with the hashtag #Apollo45.

    July 16, 2014 |

  • PsiVid | More Science Chat with Particle Fever’s Monica Dunford

    Chat with Particle Fever’s Monica Dunford

    If you’ve seen the movie, Particle Fever (You haven’t? You can get it live streaming on iTunes today, and at other VOD services July 15), then you are acquainted with the ebullient American physicist Monica Dunford, an experimental high-energy particle physicist who helped bring the ATLAS detector at CERN into operation for the first Large Hadron [...]

    July 1, 2014 |

  • PsiVid | More Science Particle Fever Movie Streaming to a Device Near You

    Particle Fever Movie Streaming to a Device Near You

    The fantastic movie about the search for the Higgs Boson at the Large Hadron Collider, Particle Fever, which packed theaters on its tour across the country (I know, I sat in on one!) will soon be available to everyone on iTunes beginning July 1 and on other VOD services as of July 15.

    June 27, 2014 |

  • PsiVid The Engineer Guy’s Stories of Technological Failures

    The Engineer Guy’s Stories of Technological Failures

    My colleague at the University of Illinois, chemical engineer Bill Hammack, also known as The Engineer Guy, has been busy creating a new series of videos and was seemingly off the radar on youtube–but never fear, he is back!

    June 17, 2014 |

  • PsiVid | More Science Monday Music Video: An Epic Rap Battle Between Newton and Nye!

    Monday Music Video: An Epic Rap Battle Between Newton and Nye!

    Today on YouTube we see a showdown between two science greats, with an additional big scicomm name included for good measure! I’ve written about Epic Rap Battles of History previously about the immensely entertaining Einstein vs.

    June 16, 2014 |

  • PsiVid | More Science Meet ‘The Physics Girl’, Winner of Alan Alda’s “What is Color?” Video Contest

    Meet ‘The Physics Girl’, Winner of Alan Alda’s “What is Color?” Video Contest

    Imagine you are a 5th grader while watching this video. Would you love it? If it caught your interest, as it did mine, you are in good company. This is the winning entry for the 2014 Flame Challenge put on by Alan Alda and the Center for Communicating Science.

    June 9, 2014 |

  • PsiVid Hyperlapse Know How

    Hyperlapse Know How

    I ran across this hyperlapse video of Singapore the other day: It got me thinking of a few other cities given the hyperlapse treatment, like Dubai: So I wondered, “What exactly is hyperlapse and how is it done?” I found a brief description at Know Your Meme website: “Hyperlapse Photography is a filmmaking technique that [...]

    May 29, 2014 |

  • PsiVid The Last Man on the Moon

    The Last Man on the Moon

    It’s no secret, I’m a space geek. And the other non-secret is I love when a good space travel book is turned into a movie. Astronaut Gene Cernan is known for being “The Last Man on the Moon” as he was the last man to walk on the moon during the Apollo 17 mission.

    May 22, 2014 |

  • PsiVid Amazing Animation Meets Mouse Genetics

    Amazing Animation Meets Mouse Genetics

    How does a mouse build a burrow, and do genes help control this behavior? This was a question asked by members of the Hoekstra lab at Harvard.

    May 6, 2014 |

  • PsiVid | Health David Quammen on SciAm/Read Science! Chat

    David Quammen on SciAm/Read Science! Chat

    David Quammen, according to his website is  ”an author and journalist whose twelve books include The Song of the Dodo, The Reluctant Mr.

    May 5, 2014 |

  • PsiVid | Space Astronaut Chris Hadfield's Snapshots from Space [Video]

    Astronaut Chris Hadfield's Snapshots from Space [Video]

    Today, Chris Hadfield shared in social media a previously released video, Chris Hadfield’s Snapshots from Space! “Throughout his ISS mission, CSA Astronaut Chris Hadfield has been taking some of the most incredible photos of Earth ever seen.

    April 24, 2014 |

  • PsiVid SciAm & Read Science! Chat with Neil Shubin

    SciAm & Read Science! Chat with Neil Shubin

    I am very pleased to announce that Neil Shubin, author of “Your Inner Fish” and host of a PBS program by the same name, currently airing over the past several weeks, will be joining myself and co-host Jeff Shaumeyer for a chat in another SciAm/Read Science!

    April 21, 2014 |

  • PsiVid The Perfect 46: The Future is Near

    The Perfect 46: The Future is Near

    Visit theperfect46.com, and it looks like any business web page. The Perfect 46 purports to be a company that uses the power of genomics, the information stored in the entirety of your DNA–your genome–to determine if you are with “the one” for you.

    April 21, 2014 |

  • PsiVid | More Science “Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation” is 2014 Pulitzer Prize Winner!

    “Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation” is 2014 Pulitzer Prize Winner!

    I am always thrilled when a science themed book wins the General Non-Fiction Pulitzer Prize. Some of my favorites from previous years include the following: 2011 Siddhartha Mukherjee “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer” 1998 Jared Diamond “Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies” 1995 Jonathan Weiner “The Beak Of [...]

    April 14, 2014 |

  • PsiVid | More Science Sloth Squeak!

    Sloth Squeak!

    Lucy Cooke, the mastermind behind Slothville, a recognized National Geographic Explorer and award winning videographer and TV producer, has a new book, The Power of Sloth, coming out in the UK today.

    April 9, 2014 |

  • PsiVid Neil Shubin’s “Your Inner Fish” Comes to TV

    Neil Shubin’s “Your Inner Fish” Comes to TV

    Nothing makes me happier than reading a really good science book. After that, I am fairly pleased when some of my favorites are adapted for TV to reach those less likely to pick up one of those gems.

    April 3, 2014 |

  • PsiVid | More Science The Psychedelic ROOMBA Experience

    The Psychedelic ROOMBA Experience

    There is something about a ROOMBA, the robotic floor cleaning device, that inspires us to put things atop of them for a ride for our entertainment, including babies, cats in shark costumes, and my favorite, prairie dogs!

    March 29, 2014 |

  • PsiVid The Secret Life of Bill Nye According to NOVA

    The Secret Life of Bill Nye According to NOVA

    I’ve had my head in the middle of a great deal of preparing coursework for my students and somehow managed to miss this series of videos in the NOVA’s Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers–all about Bill Nye!

    March 14, 2014 |

  • PsiVid | More Science SciComm Power Couple Hanging out with SciAm and Read Science!

    SciComm Power Couple Hanging out with SciAm and Read Science!

    I am very excited to announce the next SciAm/Read Science! collaboration. My cohost, Jeff, and I will feature two guests who are well known independently for their work in science communication, but together make a formidable power couple (of sorts)!

    March 12, 2014 |

  • PsiVid Will Enjoying ‘Cosmos’ Depend On If You Liked Science In School?

    Will Enjoying ‘Cosmos’ Depend On If You Liked Science In School?

    Tonight’s TV line-up has science enthusiasts quite excited. Of course I’m talking about Cosmos as presented by Neil DeGrasse Tyson, produced by Seth MacFarlane (of Family Guy fame) and written by Ann Druyan, Carl Sagan’s widow and co-creator of the original series.

    March 9, 2014 |

  • PsiVid Webseries Based on David Quammen’s Book, Spillover, to Air on Weather.com

    Webseries Based on David Quammen’s Book, Spillover, to Air on Weather.com

    Back in April 2013, The Weather Channel announced it was unveiling several new very short series of cross-platform videos on topics that diverge from the weather.

    February 24, 2014 |

  • PsiVid How do Active Noise Canceling Headphones Work?

    How do Active Noise Canceling Headphones Work?

    I’ve been traveling quite a bit recently and the drone of the plane engine is a major annoyance. While I have a pair of noise dampening ear buds which are much more comfortable and produce better sound than the default iPhone earbuds, I have been wavering about purchasing a pair of active noise canceling earphones [...]

    February 23, 2014 |

  • PsiVid Science in Fiction Video Contest for Teens Worldwide!

    Science in Fiction Video Contest for Teens Worldwide!

    It’s not every day that students get an opportunity to research the latest in science innovations, combine a creative communications activity, and have the chance to win up to $2000, meet Bill Nye, and attend the largest science and engineering festival in the world!

    February 8, 2014 |

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