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2014-01-10 11:26:09 AM
One of the best videos I've ever seen of his, I think it was bigthink or some such, was his advice on raising scientifically literate children.
1.  Get out of their way.  Kids are born curious.  and
2.  Put things in their midst that help them explore.  Get a pair of binoculars, a telescope, a microscope.

Very good advice indeed.  Also looking forward to the Cosmos reboot.
 
2014-01-10 12:44:20 PM
I know this thread is about to get flooded with NDT hate but the guy does make science interesting.  He's engaging, funny and plays a crowd very well.  It's hard getting peoples attention for long these days and any way we can get kids interested in science is good IMHO.
 
2014-01-10 12:45:35 PM
I love Neil DeGrasse Tyson, man does good work.
 
2014-01-10 12:46:47 PM
Science!

img.thesun.co.uk
 
2014-01-10 12:50:23 PM
There are more things in heaven and earth, Neil
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
 
2014-01-10 12:55:21 PM

Flappyhead: I know this thread is about to get flooded with NDT hate but the guy does make science interesting.  He's engaging, funny and plays a crowd very well.  It's hard getting peoples attention for long these days and any way we can get kids interested in science is good IMHO.


I don't see much hate for him on Fark in general.  I believe that even if you don't wind up with a career in science (most don't.  I didn't unless computer science counts), a basic understanding of how the universe works is something every person should have.  Hell, a basic understanding of just about everything is important.  How often do newscasters, politicians and others demonstrate their utter ignorance of so many things?
 
2014-01-10 12:56:09 PM
www.funwallz.com
 
2014-01-10 12:56:23 PM

Wellon Dowd: Science!


No. Open toed shoes are not allowed in the lab.
 
2014-01-10 12:56:39 PM

nekom: One of the best videos I've ever seen of his, I think it was bigthink or some such, was his advice on raising scientifically literate children.
1.  Get out of their way.  Kids are born curious.  and
2.  Put things in their midst that help them explore.  Get a pair of binoculars, a telescope, a microscope.

Very good advice indeed.  Also looking forward to the Cosmos reboot.


I got my daughter this for christmas. We're going to start some of them this weekend.
 
2014-01-10 12:57:09 PM

Empty H: Wellon Dowd: Science!

No. Open toed shoes are not allowed in the lab.


she's also not wearing safety glasses
 
2014-01-10 01:03:42 PM
Unoriginal_Username:
I got my daughter this for christmas. We're going to start some of them this weekend.

Awesome!  My 6 year old daughter got a telescope (she actually asked, wasn't my idea) and some solar experiment things.  I was hoping Radio Shack still made those little electronic kits with the components hooked up to springs that you wire together easily but apparently they became a cell phone store.

/still remember the pins for the NE555 timer from when I was a kid.
 
2014-01-10 01:03:42 PM

Voiceofreason01: Empty H: Wellon Dowd: Science!

No. Open toed shoes are not allowed in the lab.

she's also not wearing safety glasses


Good point. She is wearing none of the essential PPE.
 
2014-01-10 01:12:44 PM

i.huffpost.com

Then I grabbed his balls like this and squeezed and I said, "Say it!

Say 'evolution is just a theory' one more time motherfarker."

 
2014-01-10 01:16:03 PM
" Instead, Tyson determined how long it would take to bake a pizza on the surface of the planet and used that as a field of reference. (The answer is 3 seconds; his original answer of 9 seconds was corrected by a physicist-turned-master-chef). "

I would love to have dinner at that restaurant!

/no snark, I would
//cool beans
 
2014-01-10 01:16:52 PM

Voiceofreason01: I love Neil DeGrasse Tyson, man does good work.


I love him too, but for some this physicist I know who has met him before really really doesn't like him.
 
2014-01-10 01:18:38 PM

Ghastly: [i.huffpost.com image 570x238]Then I grabbed his balls like this and squeezed and I said, "Say it!Say 'evolution is just a theory' one more time motherfarker."


img.fark.net
 
2014-01-10 01:21:27 PM

barefoot in the head: There are more things in heaven and earth, Neil
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.


Yeah, all those actual ghosts we've seen like in hamlet that force us to question naturalistic approaches.  Shakespeare's views are dated, we do understand the world now, sucker.
 
2014-01-10 01:23:41 PM

nekom: Unoriginal_Username:
I got my daughter this for christmas. We're going to start some of them this weekend.

Awesome!  My 6 year old daughter got a telescope (she actually asked, wasn't my idea) and some solar experiment things.  I was hoping Radio Shack still made those little electronic kits with the components hooked up to springs that you wire together easily but apparently they became a cell phone store.

/still remember the pins for the NE555 timer from when I was a kid.


http://www.robotshop.com/ca/en/elenco-mx-907-200-in-1-electronic-pro je ct-lab-kit.html?utm_source=google&utm_medium=base&utm_campaign=GoogleC anada

So many hours spent with my Radio Shack 150-in-1 electronics kit. I had a smaller 25-in-1 kit which started it all. Then I had the digital computer kit, which wasn't as much fun until I started combining it with my other two kits to make all sorts of fun things.

evg2000.com

thenetworkgarden.blogs.com

I feel gyped that 150-in-1 was the biggest kit when I was a kid. The 200-in-1 looks to be the same kit in a more modern looking package so they must have just come up with another 50 experiments for it. I wonder what fun I ended up missing out on.
 
2014-01-10 01:33:50 PM
My wife and I sent Neil DeGrasse Tyson an invitation to our wedding on a lark, he didn't show up but he did send us an autographed photo, which hangs proudly on our fridge. Neil DeGrasse Tyson is a cool dude.
 
2014-01-10 01:37:31 PM
"You gotta admit, we have the coolest images," he said.

www.smbc-comics.com
 
2014-01-10 01:40:50 PM

nekom: Unoriginal_Username:
I got my daughter this for christmas. We're going to start some of them this weekend.

Awesome!  My 6 year old daughter got a telescope (she actually asked, wasn't my idea) and some solar experiment things.  I was hoping Radio Shack still made those little electronic kits with the components hooked up to springs that you wire together easily but apparently they became a cell phone store.

/still remember the pins for the NE555 timer from when I was a kid.


The one here seems to carry a decent selection of circuit boards and project boxes and things of that nature. They do seem to be hiding them all in the back though...
 
2014-01-10 01:49:06 PM

Empty H: Voiceofreason01: Empty H: Wellon Dowd: Science!

No. Open toed shoes are not allowed in the lab.

she's also not wearing safety glasses

Good point. She is wearing none of the essential PPE.


She's a bad, bad girl.
 
2014-01-10 01:54:18 PM
I am excited by science.
I am doing science.
I am a scientist.

But you'd be surprised how many don't want to talk about science...including some scientists.
It's not good science if you're only listening to yourself.

Spread it about.
No fear.
 
2014-01-10 01:54:39 PM

Ghastly: I feel gyped that 150-in-1 was the biggest kit when I was a kid. The 200-in-1 looks to be the same kit in a more modern looking package so they must have just come up with another 50 experiments for it. I wonder what fun I ended up missing out on.


I had the 200-in-1 (with a slightly different front panel). From the picture you posted of the 150-in-1, it looks like the main difference was digital logic. The 200 kit had a quad NAND gate and a dual J/K flip flop.
 
2014-01-10 01:54:44 PM

nekom: 1.  Get out of their way.  Kids are born curious.  and
2.  Put things in their midst that help them explore.  Get a pair of binoculars, a telescope, a microscope.


Yep. For her last birthday, my younger daughter received a telescope, microscope, archaeology kit (digging fake dinosaur bones out of a block), and a bunch of other sciencey stuff.  Probably the only birthday gifts she's been interested in for more than a few weeks.
 
2014-01-10 01:54:46 PM

nekom: Flappyhead: I know this thread is about to get flooded with NDT hate but the guy does make science interesting.  He's engaging, funny and plays a crowd very well.  It's hard getting peoples attention for long these days and any way we can get kids interested in science is good IMHO.

I don't see much hate for him on Fark in general.   I believe that even if you don't wind up with a career in science (most don't.  I didn't unless computer science counts), a basic understanding of how the universe works is something every person should have.  Hell, a basic understanding of just about everything is important.  How often do newscasters, politicians and others demonstrate their utter ignorance of so many things?


NdGT became an astrophysicist (as he tells it) after attending a lecture at the Hayden(?) Planetarium as a kid - they showed a picture of the night sky as it appears over Hell's Kitchen (where he's from), and how it "should" look (no light pollution, no cloud cover, no chemtrails).

Our young hero started studying astronomy because he didn't believe it that there were so many stars.

// searching "ndgt" on Google is sufficient, for those too lazy to type things
// also, he and my dad both went to Bronx HS of Science (my dad was a decade or two early)
 
2014-01-10 01:56:07 PM

Wellon Dowd: Science!

[img.thesun.co.uk image 682x400]


That's a nice confocal microscope.
 
2014-01-10 01:56:43 PM

nekom: Unoriginal_Username:
I got my daughter this for christmas. We're going to start some of them this weekend.

Awesome!  My 6 year old daughter got a telescope (she actually asked, wasn't my idea) and some solar experiment things.  I was hoping Radio Shack still made those little electronic kits with the components hooked up to springs that you wire together easily but apparently they became a cell phone store.

/still remember the pins for the NE555 timer from when I was a kid.



Maybe get an Arduino kit (example)? I think some Radio Shacks have even started carrying Arduinos and accessories.
 
2014-01-10 02:05:04 PM
This may sound terrible, but I love to get my science through narrative. I have such a hard time with traditional textbook or non-fiction science (though not all the time, such as reading about the biological systems of animals).

Reading Jurassic Park helped me understand DNA on a basic level when I was about ten or eleven. I wish I knew some awesome novels that use the periodic table as a conceit.
 
2014-01-10 02:06:52 PM

The Crepes of Wrath: nekom: 1.  Get out of their way.  Kids are born curious.  and
2.  Put things in their midst that help them explore.  Get a pair of binoculars, a telescope, a microscope.

Yep. For her last birthday, my younger daughter received a telescope, microscope, archaeology kit (digging fake dinosaur bones out of a block), and a bunch of other sciencey stuff.  Probably the only birthday gifts she's been interested in for more than a few weeks.


Archaeologists don't dig up dinosaur bones; you'd better let her explain to you why not :)
 
2014-01-10 02:08:32 PM

Ambitwistor: "You gotta admit, we have the coolest images," he said.

[www.smbc-comics.com image 504x1038]



I honestly didn't know about that mutherfarking hexagon on the north pole of Saturn. WTF is that thing doing there? I mean, besides revolving?

Seriously, wtf?
 
2014-01-10 02:16:33 PM

Mr_Fabulous: Seriously, wtf?


Fluid dynamics.
 
2014-01-10 02:18:36 PM

ikanreed: barefoot in the head: There are more things in heaven and earth, Neil
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

Yeah, all those actual ghosts we've seen like in hamlet that force us to question naturalistic approaches.  Shakespeare's views are dated, we do understand the world now, sucker.


Finally!! The person who can explain dark matter/energy to me...perhaps fill in that gap between quantum & cosmological physics. Not entirely disagreeing with you, but I'd hardly claim that physics is any where near done cookin' yet.

That which we know is a subset of that which we can know, which is a subset of reality which includes a subset of things that we simply can't know (what is outside of the universe for example). Whether we understand our world significantly better than Bill did remains to be seen. I'd love to see a physics book that says "The End" and means it.
 
2014-01-10 02:21:40 PM
I am sick of this Buzzfeed link coming up every day.

Who cares if he didn't like Gravity.
 
2014-01-10 02:24:12 PM

Mr_Fabulous: Ambitwistor: "You gotta admit, we have the coolest images," he said.

[www.smbc-comics.com image 504x1038]


I honestly didn't know about that mutherfarking hexagon on the north pole of Saturn. WTF is that thing doing there? I mean, besides revolving?

Seriously, wtf?


From what I've read, Saturn has a steep change in wind speeds as you approach the North Pole.  This change in wind speeds causes standing waves to form which cause the hexagon.  At least, I think that's how it works.  Scientists have been able to duplicate the process in a laboratory.

planetary.s3.amazonaws.com
 
2014-01-10 02:26:13 PM

Ghastly: nekom: Unoriginal_Username:
I got my daughter this for christmas. We're going to start some of them this weekend.

Awesome!  My 6 year old daughter got a telescope (she actually asked, wasn't my idea) and some solar experiment things.  I was hoping Radio Shack still made those little electronic kits with the components hooked up to springs that you wire together easily but apparently they became a cell phone store.

/still remember the pins for the NE555 timer from when I was a kid.

http://www.robotshop.com/ca/en/elenco-mx-907-200-in-1-electronic-pro je ct-lab-kit.html?utm_source=google&utm_medium=base&utm_campaign=GoogleC anada

So many hours spent with my Radio Shack 150-in-1 electronics kit. I had a smaller 25-in-1 kit which started it all. Then I had the digital computer kit, which wasn't as much fun until I started combining it with my other two kits to make all sorts of fun things.

[evg2000.com image 600x486]

[thenetworkgarden.blogs.com image 500x316]

I feel gyped that 150-in-1 was the biggest kit when I was a kid. The 200-in-1 looks to be the same kit in a more modern looking package so they must have just come up with another 50 experiments for it. I wonder what fun I ended up missing out on.


I had the same 150-in-1 kit and later got the 200-in-1 kit.  The 200 kit had some additional parts.

i395.photobucket.com
 
2014-01-10 02:27:57 PM

Ivo Shandor: Mr_Fabulous: Seriously, wtf?

Fluid dynamics.


Awesome.  That damn thing had always bothered me.
 
2014-01-10 02:28:38 PM
Did someone say "have fun with Science and make it engaging?"

wiki.kerbalspaceprogram.com

And TdGT is the MAN!  I can see how he could be boorish in person, but he's an awesome public figure.  Manhattanhenge for the win!
 
2014-01-10 02:35:48 PM

Tiberius Gracchus: Archaeologists don't dig up dinosaur bones; you'd better let her explain to you why not :)


She's miss it, too, because even the box (sold by the Smithsonian, who should also know better) says "archaeology dig" on it.

/paleontology
 
2014-01-10 02:38:30 PM

SewerSquirrels: Finally!! The person who can explain dark matter/energy to me...perhaps fill in that gap between quantum & cosmological physics. Not entirely disagreeing with you, but I'd hardly claim that physics is any where near done cookin' yet.

That which we know is a subset of that which we can know, which is a subset of reality which includes a subset of things that we simply can't know (what is outside of the universe for example). Whether we understand our world significantly better than Bill did remains to be seen. I'd love to see a physics book that says "The End" and means it.


Oh, no, things that have been observed through naturalistic processes, and we're beginning to learn more about in spite of being completely unable to see through science.

What a staggering criticism of naturalism.  Let's all go commit suicide, since we can't know anything!
 
2014-01-10 02:50:15 PM

ikanreed: What a staggering criticism of naturalism.  Let's all go commit suicide, since we can't know anything!


No, my criticism of naturalism is that some people should just not be naked under any circumstances, but that has nothing to do with the topic.
 
2014-01-10 02:55:16 PM
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In this undated photo, celebrity scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson approaches orgasm as he is fellated by numerous members of Internet news and amusement site Fark.com.
 
2014-01-10 03:12:27 PM

ikanreed: barefoot in the head: There are more things in heaven and earth, Neil
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

Yeah, all those actual ghosts we've seen like in hamlet that force us to question naturalistic approaches.  Shakespeare's views are dated, we do understand the world now, sucker.


Going way out there: I think "paranormal phenomena" (ghosts, psychics, auras, telelpathy, so on. .) are quantum phenomena. If bees can dance in the shape of quantum fields, and dogs align themselves with the earth's magnetic field, then I don't see why the idea that some (or all) humans can perceive more than 4 dimensions is that much of a stretch. Science just hasn't caught up yet.

/getting close though. There's a study that shows measurable changes on a person's skin when their boss is about to walk into a room versus their co-worker. Don't have a link for you, sorry. Have to be at the smog check station in 26 minutes.
 
2014-01-10 03:17:41 PM

1derful: Voiceofreason01: I love Neil DeGrasse Tyson, man does good work.

I love him too, but for some this physicist I know who has met him before really really doesn't like him.


Well, he can be a bit of a jerk sometimes from what I saw of the 223rd meeting discussion on twitter. He was also very self promoting, and did no favors for Republicans or vegans allegedly. Anyway, this is all second hand from twitter. As I don't believe his talk was recorded, or anything like that.

Tyson: "I think there may be as many scientifically literate Republicans as Democrats, but there's only 8 of you in this room."

neiltyson says more Republicans appreciate science...than Dems who heal w crystals and eat vegan


i.imgur.com
 
2014-01-10 03:20:21 PM

Peki: Going way out there: I think "paranormal phenomena" (ghosts, psychics, auras, telelpathy, so on. .) are quantum phenomena


Or mental illness.
 
2014-01-10 03:20:56 PM

SewerSquirrels: (what is outside of the universe for example)


Malformed question. It presumes there is something outside the Universe and it presumes that it is something we can know.

You are arguing from a position of transcendentalism, which is scientifically and logically invalid.
 
2014-01-10 03:25:20 PM

Peki: I think "paranormal phenomena" (ghosts, psychics, auras, telelpathy, so on. .) are quantum phenomena.


How?
 
2014-01-10 03:33:51 PM

bbfreak: Anyway, this is all second hand from twitter.


gags.net
 
2014-01-10 03:35:23 PM

Ishkur: Peki: I think "paranormal phenomena" (ghosts, psychics, auras, telelpathy, so on. .) are quantum phenomena.

How?


My guess would be:
i3.kym-cdn.com
 
2014-01-10 03:44:00 PM

Smelly McUgly: Reading Jurassic Park helped me understand DNA on a basic level when I was about ten or eleven. I wish I knew some awesome novels that use the periodic table as a conceit.


Fabulous book:

The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Element.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Disappearing-Spoon-Periodic-Elements/dp/03 16 051632/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1389386491&sr=8-1&keywords=the+disappear ing+spoon
 
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