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  • PsiVid | More Science Symphony of Science Turns 5 Years Old Today!

    Symphony of Science Turns 5 Years Old Today!

    Who doesn’t love the first, the original “Symphony of Science” tune, “Carl Sagan – ‘A Glorious Dawn’ ft Stephen Hawking”?

    September 17, 2014 |

  • PsiVid Google Hangout on Air with Sally Ride’s Biographer, Lynn Sherr

    Google Hangout on Air with Sally Ride’s Biographer, Lynn Sherr

    When Sally Ride first took to space on June 18, 1983, I was working in Japan and missed the inevitable media coverage surrounding her historic flight.

    September 9, 2014 |

  • PsiVid | More Science Satirists As a Source of Science News

    Satirists As a Source of Science News

    How many times have you read a science-themed article from The Onion or watched a science-themed segment on The Daily Show (TDS) or The Colbert Report (CR) and remarked at how “spot on” they are?

    August 29, 2014 |

  • PsiVid National Park Service’s 98th Birthday Means Free Entrance for You

    National Park Service’s 98th Birthday Means Free Entrance for You

    In honor of The National Park Service’s 98th Birthday, they are waiving the entrance fees of the parks that charge them. Established in 1916, the National Park Service was created to care for all of the national parks throughout the country.

    August 23, 2014 |

  • PsiVid The Perfect 46 Movie Available Worldwide for Streaming Viewing

    The Perfect 46 Movie Available Worldwide for Streaming Viewing

    Back in April, I featured the thought provoking film The Perfect 46 here at SciAm. I was impressed with the show and highly recommend it. Fortunately for us, it has gone beyond the film festival circuit and is available at Vimeo on Demand for rent.

    August 20, 2014 |

  • PsiVid The Theory of Everything: Stephen Hawking Biopic Trailer Released

    The Theory of Everything: Stephen Hawking Biopic Trailer Released

    From Variety.com comes this announcement sure to please those happy to see science portrayed in cinema: “Focus Features has released the first trailer for the Stephen Hawking biopic, "The Theory of Everything." The romantic drama will hit U.S.

    August 6, 2014 |

  • 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 |

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