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An open letter to @TheScienceGuy

bill nyeDear Bill Nye @TheScienceGuy

You ask what NASA can do for science education. Funny you should ask.

One of the most famous clips in all of Science is actually NASA’s own video of the hammer and feather drop by an astronaut on the Apollo 15 mission.
Given the budget of NASA, would it be possible for them to throw a few dollars at this video clip to make it more user-friendly; you know, digitally edited and remastered with all the bells and whistles where the viewer can clearly see what’s happening?
Currently it is very fuzzy and only gets worse when it is projected onto a large screen in a classroom.

It’s a beautiful demonstration, and rightly pays homage to one of the defining moments in Science (even if, as historians claim, it never actually happened).

It would be nice to show a cleaned-up version to students, possibly with a slo-mo follow-up.

It always amazes me how many students have never heard of this demonstration or have never stood up on a bench and tried to replicate it.

You did ask . . .

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Where now for space exploration?

The Royal Society will feature regularly in the news this year as it celebrates its 350th birthday.

Cambridge University astrophysicist Martin Rees is president of the Royal Society, so it was fascinating to watch him explain in an exclusive video interview why President Obama was right to cancel manned US missions to the Moon.

Wonder what Gil Scott-Heron would have made of it.

I reckon that if we really wanted to know what other life-forms exist ‘out there’ we might first spend a little more time checking out what is here and perhaps be a little more hesitant in destroying so many unexplored habitats on Earth. Not to mention spending a little more time and money on investigating our oceans.