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Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.

— Bill Nye  (via wildlydistorted)

ihateallyourgods:

Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson. Awesome!

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sagansense:

Bill Nye to CNN: “The two sides aren’t equal’ on climate change

Science educator Bill Nye on Monday told CNN that they weren’t doing the public any favors by giving climate change deniers equal airtime because ‘the two sides aren’t equal.”

“There are a couple of things that you can’t really dispute,” Nye explained to CNN’s Carol Costello. “Sixteen of the last 17 years have been the hottest years on record. That’s just how it is.”

“I appreciate that we want to show two sides of the stories — there’s a tradition in journalism that goes back quite a ways, I guess — but the two sides aren’t equal here. You have tens of thousands of scientists who are very concerned and you have a few people who are in business of equating or drawing attention to the idea that uncertainty is the same as doubt. When you have a plus or minus percentage, that’s not the same thing as not believing the whole thing at all.”

The Washington Post noted on Sunday that scientists had been warning for years that because of warming weather and severe droughts, Colorado’s “table was set” for monster wildfires like the ones currently sweeping through the state.

“It is because of the heat ultimately,” Nye told Costello. “Just two years ago, it was was wet in Colorado and there was a lot of growth in forests. And then you can say they should have responsibly cleared that growth — it’s a difficult thing. So then two years later when it’s especially dry and the forest flora gets especially dry and then there’s a lightening strike, the fire is that much more intense than it would have been.”

“But the people who are politicizing this issue, they seem to be winning because not much is being done on the issue of climate change,” Costello pointed out.

“If you’re a voter consider taking the environment into account as well as the economy,” Nye advised. “I think the two candidates running for president right now have different views about the validity, for example, of science and the importance of it and what you would do about climate change in the coming years.”

“We in the science education community chip away at this problem all the time. We have an enormous population of people in the United States that don’t believe in evolution, the fundamental idea in all of life science. It would be like saying, I don’t believe in earthquakes or something. The analogies are disturbing.”

Earlier this year, a Media Matters analysis determined that coverage of climate change had dropped by 80 percent on U.S. broadcast networks between 2008 and 2011.

Watch this video from CNN’s Newsroom, broadcast July 2, 2012.

So Bill Nye came to my University

and he TALKED!!! IT WAS AWESOME!!!!

astrotastic:

The method Bill uses in this video is perfect for Solar Eclipse viewing!

ihateallyourgods:

-Bill Nye

project-argus:

I cannot

afternoonsnoozebutton:

thefrogman:

Don’t make Bill undo his bow tie. 

When the bow tie comes off, you know shit’s getting serious.

szasstam:

Symphony of Science - The Greatest Show on Earth

homeiswhere-everimwithyou:

Happy belated birthday, Bill Nye.

November 25 2011

oreadfarallon:

That second gif… 

quantumaniac:

The Drake Equation

Developed by Frank Drake, the famous Drake Equation is used to estimate the number of intelligent, detectable extraterrestrial civilizations in our galaxy. The equation is given by: 

N = R^{\ast} \cdot f_p \cdot n_e \cdot f_{\ell} \cdot f_i \cdot f_c \cdot L \!

where: 

N = the number of detectable civilizations

and

R* = the average rate of annual star formation in our galaxy
fp = the fraction of those stars (R) that have planets
ne = the average number of planets that could potentially support life per star that has planets
f = the fraction of ne that actually go on to develop life at some point
fi = the fraction of the above that actually go on to develop intelligent life
fc = the fraction of civilizations that develop a technology that releases detectable signs of their existence into space
L = the length of time for which such civilizations release detectable signals into space

With Drake’s personal estimates, he has concluded that there should be about ten detectable civilizations. However, numerous different results have been put forward by countless scientists. 

You can also check out the man himself, Carl Sagan, explaining the equation
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