Mythbusters, Superman, and the Ocarina of Time

There’s a great new blog at Scientific American you might enjoy, written by a graduate student at Marquette. Kyle Hill likes to answer ridiculous questions about his favorite shows, games, and superheroes. Could you actually build the floating city from Bioshock in real life? Can you learn science from watching the Mythbusters blow stuff up? Is the time travel in Zelda: Ocarina of Time be possible? The answers are fun- you should check him out!

His blog is called Overthinking It.

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Ever seen a concert played from space?

No, you haven’t, because this is the first time it’s ever been done. Astronaut Chris Hadfield (who you should totally follow on Twitter for daily awesome photos because he tweets from freakin’ SPACE) played a song live with Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies here on Earth. Take a listen below.

 

This is why critical thinking matters

An incredible story about “downloadable cures” sold for nearly any disease- all made possible by alien technology. Please don’t let anyone you know give people like this money. Read the hilarious details in “Treating my cat’s barfiness with alien tech and a hidden Swiss quantum computer” at Ars Technica.

No Death Star, says White House

Apparently some people submitted a petition to the White House encouraging the US to build a “Death Star”, a la Star Wars. It was a funny joke, but it got enough signatures that the White House was obligated to respond.

And they did. And it’s awesome. “The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn’t on the horizon.” Click here to read their reasons.

Happy Carl Sagan Day!

Today, on what was his birthday, we celebrate the life of the late Carl Sagan, a legendary scientist and science communicator. Read what Phil Plait has to say here, especially if you’re not familiar with Sagan. He’s an inspiration to me (and many, many others), and is part of the reason I do what I do.

Due to a famously entertaining quote of Carl’s (“If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.”), an annual tradition in which I partake is to bake an apple pie (from scratch, of course!) on November 9th. I’ll post a photo of the results, which will hopefully look a little bit more pie-like than last year…

 

Update: Here it is.

Note: I’m not very good at making pies.