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Lost In Sci-Fi: Episode 7: BullS**t Science

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Lost In Sci-Fi: Episode 7: BullS**t Science

This week Elizabeth and Leland open up the world of BS science that movie/book/games and TV love to use to explain away plot issues and such. Nothing that hurts the medium, but things if you really looked at make no sense and are really funny. So please sit back and download as we discuss some of our favorite BS tropes.  Read On

Weekly Geek Question!

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Weekly Geek Question!

Ah, another week and another question pertaining to all things geek.

In fact, the “Geek Question” will be coming up on its year anniversary soon. That’s 260 questions that we’ve come up with in an effort to talk more with you. Some of our geeky questions have become topics on the podcast with your answers helping us keep our conversation going.  Other answers have delighted us with their creativity and humor.

Last week we had some fun activity as the battle for Time and Space raged on. One’s the final frontier and the other just shows you that your kids grow up to be jerks.

Geek Question! You are given the choice to have the power of time travel OR space travel. You can not have both in any way, so which do you choose?

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Time Lapse of Space Shuttle Discovery – From Hanger to Launch

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Time Lapse of Space Shuttle Discovery – From Hanger to Launch

Taking a space shuttle out from it’s hanger and onto a launch pad does not seem like a quick and easy task at all, but watching this video below makes it look like a piece of toy that is easy to assemble and play with. (And what geek wouldn’t want to play with this toy?) It will only take you about 4 minutes to watch said video of what takes over 100 hours for NASA’s crew to do.

This video was taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark IIs and used no CG what so ever.  No use of I.L.M. CG or Michael Bay direction was needed for this great short film of awesomeness.

[Smithsonian]

ESA Space Telescopes Are Go for May 14 Blast-Off

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ESA Space Telescopes Are Go for May 14 Blast-Off
Herschel and Planck

Herschel and Planck

Europe’s entry into the space telescope market, Herschel and Planck (catchy names don’t you think?) is set to be blasted into the the dark void on Thursday 14th  May. The Ariane 5 rocket carrying the precious cargo was given the green light by Kourou spaceport in French Guiana after some doubt as to it’s condition. The two telescopes are being sent to the second Lagrange point (L2) , a one of five gravitional ‘sweet spots’ worked out in the 18/19th century, which is approximately 1.5 million km from Earth on the opposite side to the Sun, where the telescopes can maintain a realtively stable position in the ‘dark spot’ with few orbital corrections due to the unique gravitational properties of the position.

Herschel, the bigger of the two brothers, at 7.5m in height is designed to monitor far-infrared and sub-millimetre waves allowing astronomers to investigate how stars and galaxies form and their evolution. Planck, the smaller but no less important sibling, will conduct a survey the Cosmic Microwave Background which is a “fossil light” that flows through the entire Universe and is detectible at radio wavelengths allowing investigation into how the cosmos came into being and what created its current form. The L2 position allows the extremely sensitive and complex electrics and mechanics in the two telescopes to avoid the temperature swings experienced in close orbit to Earth created by the emergence into and out of shadow. Both telescopes require a temperature as close to absolute zero (0K, -273C) as possible for efficiency due to the properties of the detectors used to analyse the exotic wavelengths.

Hit the read link for more on the ESA venture to discover the history of the Universe and how celestial bodies are formed and evolve.

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Anatomy of a Black Hole

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blackholeI’m always intregued by our investigations into space and time filled with wonder and things that we can barely comprehend never the less understand. One of the most curious and awesome phenomena in the universe has to be the Black Hole. Their existence is something of an enigma and the theory behind them is quite complex. The more we know about them the more questions become uncovered. Are they a gateway to another dimension or galaxy, a worm hole if you will? Can space and time really cease to exist as we know it at their center? What would happen if you were trapped in the gravitational pull of one of these monsters and are they only a totally destructive force? Well for those of you who are curious about these things (you’re a geek why wouldn’t you be?) here’s something I Stumbledupon the other day, a brief and informative walk through of the Anatomy of a Black Hole. Well what are you waiting for then, head on over and you might learn something for today?

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