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(I live tweet Cosmos every Sunday @ 8pm CST. For all of my Cosmos recaps, please click here)Episode 7 of Fox's Cosmos, entitled "The Clean Room", covered the search behind the age of the Universe. Meteorites found on the Earth surface contain a certain amount of lead, which is actually a decayed form of Uranium. Thus, by measuring the amount of lead, one can determine the age of the rock, and this can be extended to the age of the Earth. Clair Patterson had to build a "Clean Room", a lab […]
(I live tweet Cosmos every Sunday @ 8pm CST. For all of my Cosmos recaps, please click here)The sixth episode of Cosmos aired on Fox , and I held my usual live tweet which is shown below. But first, let's check out some videos from the episode.Check out the complexity of "life in the dew drop", which features two life forms, Paramecium and. Dileptus, in an epic battle. It's amazing how much goes on within the smallest things that humans can observe. As Tyson puts it, the […]
(I live tweet Cosmos every Sunday @ 8pm CST. For all of my Cosmos recaps, please click here)The fifth episode of Cosmos aired on Fox, and it is was all about the light spectrum, and how scientists from different countries (Joseph von Fraunhofer from Germany, Mozi from China, Ibn al-Haytham from Iraq, Isaac Newton from England) and time periods help us arrive at our current understanding of light. Most of the light that we see is white, and appears to have no […]
(I live tweet Cosmos every Sunday. For all of my Cosmos recaps, please click here)Episode 4 of Fox's Cosmos with Neil deGrasse Tyson focuses on the Herschel family of scientists, Einstein's theory of Relativity, and the speed of light as nature's fundamental constant.Patrick Stewart voiced astronomer William Herschel, who was one of the main scientists in this episode. William, and his son John, contributed to our understanding of stars and the light that they give off. Light from distant […]
(For all of my Cosmos recaps, please click here)For the next 12 or so Sundays, join me on Twitter (@ShareefJackson) as I livetweet the show Cosmos. The most recent episode "When Knowledge Conquered Fear", deals mostly with comets. Ancient civilizations saw comets as messages from God of impending doom. It took scientists like Robert Hooke, Edmond Halley, and Isaac Newton to prove that comets were a part of the solar system whose travel patterns can be predicted with startling […]
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