It's Okay To Be Smart
There’s a lot of science out there. I’m Joe, let me be your guide to the creative side of discovery, big science news, wondrous science visuals, analysis-izations and all the otherwise cool science-y things out there, with all the woo and BS filtered out.“Everyone’s favorite Feynman of the Tumblr era” - Maria Popova One of Time Magazine’s 30 Must-See Tumblrs - 2012 Featured in The Best Science Writing Online - 2012
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NEW VIDEO! Why I’m Scared of Spiders In a scientific sense, I love spiders. Their intricate webs, their beautiful colors, their glassy little eyes… but I do not love them in the 3-D, actually-in-my-presence sense. I expect some of you are just like me in that regard. According to scientists, insects, spiders, and other creepy-crawlies rank as some of the most commonly reported fears in people of all ages. My rational side tells me that there’s nothing to be scared of. Science […]
The voice in your head is to blame. Our pleasantly-voiced science buddy Hank Green has you covered with the full answer:
Hi Joe! I'm a big fan of your videos, and I noticed that you recently visited the American Museum of Natural History for the first time. It's one of my favorite museums ,and I'm really glad that you've had the opportunity to visit it too. My question is, what was your favorite exhibit at the AMNH, and why?
This is true, I visited a few weeks ago on a trip with my family. Austin, Texas, where I live, is an amazing town with so much to offer, full of intelligent and interesting people, overflowing with delicious food and incredible culture, but sadly devoid of a science museum. I heard once that we are the largest city in the U.S. without one, actually, which is a tragedy on both a municipal and personal level. So for me, going to AMNH was better than Disneyland. I want to live there, maybe pitch […]
Great question! This is the case because if you set up the right mathematical question, you have to journey into the realm of the imagination in order to find an answer. First let’s ask ourselves if we can find any number x that satisfies the equation x² = 1. Sure we can. That’s an easy “one”… the answer is 1 or -1. But what if we want to find a number that satisfies x² = -1? There is no “real” number that satisfies […]
stonedastronomer: Ambition The European Space Agency recently released a short sci-fi movie to promote its Rosetta comet mission. I must be sitting in that comet’s icy tail, because I have ALL the goosebumps.
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