Sunday, July 26, 2009

Are We Alone for 07/27/09 - TXT MSG: Behavior

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Are We Alone - TXT MSG: Behavior
ENCORE: From iPods to Google to Facebook – information swims at our fingertips and friends are just a txt msg away. Digital devices have re-defined what it means to be connected – but how else are they shaping behavior? Join us for the second of a two-part series on how the network is changing how we think and act.
Part II: Behavior: how computers compel us to interact with them… why your iPod may improve your health… why Facebook may leave you friendless… the unintended consequences of past innovation… and the growing threat of “videophilia.”

Guests:
You can listen to this and other episodes at http://radio.seti.org/, and be sure to check out Are We A Blog?, the companion blog to the radio show.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Repost: [nwsfs-announcements] 40 Year Moon Landing Celebration

Northwest Science Fiction Society Chair Michael Citrak recently posted this notice on the NWSFS Google Group, and I thought that it would be fitting to repost the notice here on the Science Page. Enjoy! ~ Jim

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I remember July 20, 1969 late at night my parents woke my brother and I to watch man’s first steps on the moon on TV. Today I have a Christmas tree ornament with Armstrong’s voice “One small step for man….”. Wow, has it been 40 years? To help celebrate both The Northwest Film Forum and The Museum of Flight have special events.

Enjoy Michael Citrak


The Northwest Film Forum presents “The Moon Landing: Screening and Special Live Event” on July 20 at 8:30pm. Join us as we commemorate this profound event for humankind with a 40th anniversary screening of the original television broadcast (at 7pm), followed by a live remix presentation in which filmmaker and sound artist Joe Milutis reworks images of major NASA events leading up to and including the landing. See their web site for details: http://nwfilmforum.org/live/page/calendar/920, The Northwest Film Forum: 1515 12th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98122

The Museum of Flight: Special Events Honor 40th Anniversary of Moon Landing July 20 is the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. On that day in 1969 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on the Moon, while fellow Apollo 11 crew member Michael Collins orbited above in the mission's Command Module. The entire mission lasted from July 16 until July 24. See their web site for details: http://www.museumofflight.org, The Museum of Flight: 9404 East Marginal Way South, Seattle, WA, 98108

And below is a list of “some” of the many events at The Museum of Flight:

Apollo 11: An Artist's Perspective-Original Sketches from NASA Artist Paul Calle July 1 - Sept. 12, Space: Exploring the New Frontier
As part of the 40th anniversary celebration of humankind's first steps on the Moon, The Museum of Flight opened a new art exhibit featuring the work of Paul Calle, the only artist to be with the Apollo 11 crew as they prepared for the launch at Cape Kennedy in July 1969.

Tip-to-Tail Tours: Apollo Artifacts July 18 - 25, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., July 19 only: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Space: Exploring the New Frontier Exhibit
Join a Museum docent for a free tour of Apollo artifacts including an Apollo command module and lunar rover.

Apollo 11: 40th Anniversary Event: NASA TV Broadcast Monday, July 20, 11 a.m., William M. Allen Theater
NASA and the Newseum in Washington, D.C. are hosting a special panel event commemorating the first human landing on the Moon. Moderated by journalist Nick Clooney, panelists tentatively scheduled to appear are astronauts Buzz Aldrin (Apollo 11), Alan Bean (Apollo 12), Charlie Duke (Apollo 16) and John Grunsfeld (mission specialist, STS-125 Atlantis). The Museum of Flight will screen this event in the William M. Allen Theater.

The NASA Mobile Exhibit "The Exploration Experience"July 23 - 25, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Museum Airpark Parking Lot
The Vision for Space Exploration Experience exhibit is housed in a 53-foot-long tractor and trailer rig. The exhibit is designed to share with visitors NASA's exploration goals to return to the moon and travel to Mars and beyond. The experience is intended to inspire visitors as they embark on a simulated journey into space. The exhibit is staffed by NASA professionals in a wide variety of space-related programs. The exhibit will be parked on the Museum's west campus, next to the Airpark. I am sure this is the same exhibit Becky and I saw (with LOTS of kids) a couple of days ago in Olympia and her review of it is:

From almost the moment we entered, tears. I stroked the bit of moon rock (just a triangular sliver, polished smooth by both tools and the tips of generations of fingers), marveled at my lack of memory for the names of the mares and craters of the moon, and grieved that we (real human beings) won't be going back until 2020 at the earliest. If just one of those kids is bitten by the science bug because of this exhibit, it is so very worth it.”

Theodore Ro on the Vision for Space Exploration Friday, July 24, 2 - 3 p.m., William M. Allen Theater
Ted Ro is currently serving as a patent attorney in the Johnson Space Center's Office of Chief Counsel. Ro has been with NASA for 23 years. During that time he has worked on various projects associated with upgrading Mission Control for dual Shuttle-International Space Station operations. He will speak on NASA's Exploration Mission and plans to return to the Moon.

New "Mission Control" channel + Apollo 11 40th Anniversary

Posted on behalf of SomaFM:

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11 and landing on the Moon, with a live NASA rebroadcast set to music as part of SomaFM's new "Mission Control" channel.

http://somafm.com/play/missioncontrol

Also available on our iPhone and Palm Pre streams.

Mission Control will feature ambient space music that's somewhere between Space Station Soma and Drone Zone, mixed with NASA audio. In the future, we'll have other historical space exploration rebroadcasts as well as live Space Shuttle coverage.

Hope you enjoy it!

Rusty Hodge ~ SomaFM

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Are We Alone for 07/20/09 - TXT MSG: Thought

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Are We Alone - TXT MSG: Thought
ENCORE: From iPods to Google to Facebook – information swims at our fingertips and friends are just a txt msg away. Digital devices have re-defined what it means to be connected – but how else are they shaping behavior? Join us for the first of a two-part series on how the network is changing how we think and act.

Part I: Thought: whether Google is making us stupid… how the Internet is curtailing creativity… and the future of a hyper-networked world that does all our thinking for us.

Guests:
You can listen to this and other episodes at http://radio.seti.org/, and be sure to check out Are We A Blog?, the companion blog to the radio show.

Monday, July 13, 2009

The Virtual Telescope Project

Posted on behalf of Valentina Romeo of the The Virtual Telescope Project:

Join us to enjoy the Universe from your Desktop! Just connect with the Virtual Telescope website: http://www.virtualtelescope.eu

The Virtual Telescope is a project of the Bellatrix Astronomical Observatory (Italy), created and managed by Dr. Gianluca Masi, PhD. It consists in a number of robotic telescopes, remotely accessible via the Internet for observing the skies, 24h/day. It is a single user facility: a given observer/team will be the owner of the instruments during the observing session.
If necessary, more people can access the telescope at the same time, one of them being the conductor, the others being the “audience”.

The VT is very active in both research and science communication. Asteroids and comets, variable stars and exoplanets are some of the field of interest and it contributed with discoveries and significant results in all of them.

Since it started in 2006, the Virtual Telescope was a pioneer in broadcasting live observing sessions and conferences, experimenting with the most modern technologies available.

The Virtual Telescope is currently used both by researchers and hobby astronomers, thanks to its specifications; the system was carefully fine-tuned to perform at its best in photometry, but it can be used in many different applications. Also, people with no astronomical experience at all surf the sky with us, thanks to our professional staff, skilled in science communication.

Special attention is paid to schools.

We are also available for media looking for assistance with astronomical, cosmological, astrophysical topics.

The Virtual Telescope is a no-profit project: for some advanced services we ask for a small fee to contribute to the maintenance of the system and its cutting-edges technologies. A pro-bono option is also available (working on its English web page).

If you want to learn more about this project, just surf our website here: http://www.virtualtelescope.eu/


Contact information:

Mailing list: info@virtualtelescope.bellatrixobservatory.org
Info: info@virtualtelescope.eu
Phone: +39 3349236690 (Mon-Fri 4:00PM - 8:00PM CET)
Fax: +39 07751800159
Skype: virtualtelescope


Sunday, July 12, 2009

Are We Alone for 07/13/09 - Rxs Get Personal

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Are We Alone - Rxs Get Personal
Medicine’s back.. and this time it’s personal. Get ready to have your genome read… your brain scanned… and undergo a chemical analysis so detailed, it’ll reveal the Twinkie you had for lunch. Everyone’s different, and reading those differences at the level of the gene may provide a more accurate profile of health and how to treat disease. But are you ready to know what’s wrong with you?

Discover the future of personalized medicine with biologist Craig Venter, as well as a man who turned his body over to the new science. Learn what his tests revealed.
Plus, why stem cell research really is a horse race. And, why getting sick is sometimes the best thing.

Guests:
You can listen to this and other episodes at http://radio.seti.org/, and be sure to check out Are We A Blog?, the companion blog to the radio show.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Are We Alone for 07/06/09 - Skeptic Check: Sheer Lunacy

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Are We Alone - Skeptic Check: Sheer Lunacy
Watch out, the moon is full… of intrigue. Our lovely satellite is blamed for all sorts of Earth-bound mischief – from robberies to shape-shifting to general nutty behavior. It’s also the setting for more than one loony tale. In this hour, as NASA spacecraft return to the moon, a look at the mythology it inspires.

Discover the true correlation between crime and a full moon… the 1835 reports of unicorns and man-bats living on moon… and, our favorite hair-raising howler: the werewolf! Also, why some still insist the Apollo moon landing is a hoax. Discover the true correlation between crime and a full moon… the 1835 reports of unicorns and man-bats living on moon… and, our favorite hair-raising howler: the werewolf! Also, why some still insist the Apollo moon landing is a hoax.

Plus, space travel – boxed and bundled.

Guests:
You can listen to this and other episodes at http://radio.seti.org/, and be sure to check out Are We A Blog?, the companion blog to the radio show.