Death by Black Hole : Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Neil DeGrasse Tyson answers one of the questions we are always asked when we do our Space or Gravity 3D shows. What happens when you fall into a black hole? 

Another favourite is how do you go to the toilet in space, and you can find the answer to that here.

Links to our 3D Shows :

Space the Solar System and Beyond

Gravity

Gravity Challenge

Gravity Challenge : Southern Tour Results

Gravity Challenge : North Ayrshire Results

 

So how does the LHC work?

Animation 'The Bottle to Bang'

You will find this and other useful LHC videos on the CERN Document Server.

Animated X-ray Analyses of Speech

 

  

By Christine Ericsdotter

ABSTRACT

The goal of this project is to investigate 12 speakers with the x-ray equipment at Danderyd Hospital, that is especially calibrated for synchronous registration of articulatory movements and sound. Each subject is recorded for 20 seconds at 50 images per second. The x-ray films are of high quality, which facilitates the phonetic interpretation. The analysis is made frame by frame by tracing the speaker's vocal tract profile and by feeding the information from the different parts of the vocal tract profile (jaw, mandible, pharynx, tongue contour and lips) into the APEX model. At present, we are investigating how the movement of the tongue is modified when the tongue blade gestures for dental and retroflex stops interact with the tongue body motion for various VCV contexts

 

Design : Objectified Trailer

Look out for Jonathan Ive :-) Full film now available on iTunes

Coolest Pop-Up Book Ever!

Light Writing : A tool for Primary One?

content/eyewriter

Graffiti Analysis 2.0 (Digital Blackbook) - BLK River (Vienna) from Evan Roth on Vimeo.

Another low cost tool from Evan Roth that has huge potential in education. Just think how this could be used with P1 & 2. 

The soon to be released software will be free, a web cam, a light source with pen and a computer is all that is required. We will post a link to the software when it is available.

Evan Roth Links :

Eyewriter

Graffiti Analysis 2.0

Digital Blackbook

Light Writing Links :

Vimeo Site

 

Eyewriter

Evan Roth on Vimeo.

 “Art is a tool of empowerment and social change, and I consider myself blessed to be able to create and use my work to promote health reform, bring awareness about ALS and help others.”

Tony Quan, aka Tempt One

Evan Roth's projects are deeply rooted in the Urban Graffiti movement. However, this low cost eye tracking technology, could have a much wider use, particularly in education. 

Evan Roth Links :

Light Writing

Eyewriter

Graffiti Analysis 2.0

Digital Blackbook

Light Writing Links :

Vimeo Site

 

 

 

The End is Nigh! 2012 Reality Check

Article : Universe Today 

Today sees the opening of 2012 here in the UK. There is so much nonsense on the internet about the premise of this movie, even NASA is taking notice and trying to calm things down. The LHC Black hole nonsense last year had many students worried1, this has the potential to be much worse. 

Perhaps there is a good science/media lesson in this?

1: While doing our Gravity show last year, we asked over 5,000 students if they had been worried by the press claims that the LHC could create a black hole that would swallow the earth. More than 50% said yes.

 

James Randi remembers Carl Sagan

James Randi speaking at the first Carl Sagan Day on the 7th Nov 2009. 

I would skip the first 9 mins or so, and shortly after that, James comes on.

 

Other Links :

A present for Carl :

Glorious Dawn : Carl Sagan Tribute.

Carl Sagan Portal

Happy Carl Sagan Day

 

Hubble Ultra Deep Field

Carl Sagan would have been 75 today.

So, I was thinking, what would he have said about the "Ultra Deep Field" image (above), or the 400 plus exoplanets that have now been discovered, or the recent findings that suggest that water is, perhaps more common on other planets, than was once thought... I can almost hear him.

A few months ago, I spotted that Cosmos was now available on DVD in a UK version. I ordered it immediately. But then, when it arrived, I was in two minds about watching it. Was I about to spoil a cherished memory.. as it had been around twenty eight years, since I had last seen the series on TV. I shouldn't have worried, I was enthralled all over again.. 

Happy Birthday Carl.

Other Links :

Glorious Dawn : Carl Sagan Tribute.

Carl Sagan Portal

Happy Carl Sagan Day