Guest Post: Rockets Rising
An excerpt (#2!) from Rise of the Rocket Girls, by Nathalia Holt
This is the first time I’ve ever done this… But I think the history is so important, and Nathalia has done such a beautiful job of getting it down so eloquently on paper, that I’ve posted another excerpt from her book.
Rockets were considered fringe science, and the people who worked on them weren’t taken seriously. When Frank [Malina] asked one of his professors at Caltech, Fritz Zwicky, for help on a problem, the teacher told him, “You’re a bloody fool. You’re trying to do something impossible. Rockets can’t work in space.” …
Guest Post: Rocket Girls
An excerpt from Rise of the Rocket Girls, by Nathalia Holt
Fascinating, beautifully written, enlightening history… I love this book.
… It was 1968, and the women were gearing up for another go at Mars. Mariner 6 and 7 would be the latest craft to fly by the Red Planet. The computers eagerly plotted the spacecraft’s trajectories and programmed the instruments that would probe the planet from space in search of extraterrestrial life. Helen was doing contingency planning, just in case something went wrong…
Mindful Games Is Out!
I have been volunteering for Susan Kaiser Greenland’s Inner Kids Foundation since 2005, teaching mindfulness meditation to children in schools. This year I had the privilege of editing Susan’s new book, Mindful Games, a book that presents her Inner Kids curriculum in a simple, accessible format. The engaging lessons and games used in Susan’s mindfulness meditation classes for children are finally be available to the broader public!
Click here to purchase Mindful Games
Guest Post: Life’s Beginning
An Excerpt From The Selfish Gene, By Richard Dawkins (40th Anniversary)
40 years later, this is still one of the best descriptions of evolution and natural selection of all time. Happy Birthday to “The Selfish Gene”! If you haven’t read it yet, you owe it to yourself to read it now:
…Chemists have tried to imitate the chemical conditions of the young earth. They have put these simple substances in a flask and supplied a source of energy such as ultraviolet light or electric sparks – artificial simulation of primordial lightning. After a few weeks of this, something interesting is usually found inside the flask… Continue Reading
Mindfulness For Children: Mindful Seeing
I recorded a new guided meditation for children from my InnerKids class.
Click on the link below to listen to the audio recording:
Mindful Seeing For Children
Your Brain Is a Time Machine: The Neuroscience and Physics of Time
by Dean Buonomano
My latest editing project is now available for pre-order!
I enjoyed every minute of my work on Dean’s latest book, as it explores some of the most fascinating questions about both the universe and the brain: What is time? Why does time seem to speed up or slow down? Is our sense that time flows an illusion? Dean presents his own influential theory of how the brain tells time, and he illuminates such concepts as free will, consciousness, spacetime, and relativity from the perspective of a neuroscientist. This is an exciting, mind-bending read!
Click here to pre-order now
The I Wonder Trailer
We created a trailer for I Wonder. If you like it, please help spread it around!
Click here to watch the trailer
Video: Gravitational Waves Detected
A team of scientists announced on Thursday [February 11, 2016] that they had heard and recorded the sound of two black holes colliding a billion light-years away…
by Dennis Overbye, Jonathan Corum and Jason Drakeford
Click here to watch the 5 minute video
Spot the International Space Station!
I’m pretty late to this party, but I just found out you can easily see the ISS flying overhead. And it’s an incredible sight…
Click here to select your location and find out when the ISS will be flying over you
Mindful Games are coming soon!
I’m working with Susan Kaiser Greenland on her new project, Mindful Games—a book and a companion set of cards that help parents and caregivers teach mindfulness to children. Mindful Games is scheduled to be published in the Fall of 2016.
Click here to read more about Mindful Games
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Waking Up To Five Planets
With the help of an astronomer, a photographer captured this time-lapse video early one morning in late January.
Click here to watch the NYT Science video
by Benjamin Norman, Stan Honda and Daniel Orentlicher
2015 TED Talk: Can We Create New Senses For Humans?
By David Eagleman
This thought-provoking talk is a pleasure to watch from beginning to end!
Click here to watch David Eagleman’s talk
The I Wonder Video Is Out!
I Wonder Read-Along Video
produced by Four Elephants Press, read by Annaka Harris
Click here to watch the trailer
The Cutest Meditation Instruction Ever
Adorable Animated Mice Explain Meditation in 2 Minutes,
by Dan Harris and Happify
Click here to watch the video!
Wait But Why
I highly recommend Tim Urban’s blog, Wait But Why, and his latest post on colonizing Mars is especially great. Tim jokes that he’s been “seriously dating astronomy” since he was three-years-old, and his excitement and passion are contagious!
Click here to read Tim Urban’s latest blog post,
How (and Why) SpaceX Will Colonize Mars
“I Wonder” Endorsement From Betsy Brown Braun
Betsy Brown Braun is a Child Development and Behavior Specialist. She is author of the best sellers Just Tell Me What to Say and You’re Not the Boss of Me.
“What a special book I Wonder is. The gentle text is like climbing into a warm bath, and the illustrations are just delicious—each is a complete work of art. I look forward to sharing I Wonder with my clients, as the message of the book is of critical importance.”—Betsy Brown Braun
Guest Post: Stardust
An excerpt from The Universe Within
by Neil Shubin
All the galaxies in the cosmos, like every creature on the planet, and every atom, molecule, and body on Earth are deeply connected. That connection begins at a single point 13.7 billion years ago…
Guest Post: What Will I Say Next?
An excerpt from How Could Conscious Experiences Affect Brains?
by Max Velmans
…In speech, for example, the tongue may make as many as twelve adjustments of shape per second—adjustments which need to be precisely coordinated with other rapid, dynamic changes within the articulatory system. According to Lenneberg (1967), within one minute of discourse as many as ten to fifteen thousand neuromuscular events occur…
The Power of Believing That You Can Improve
A TEDx Norrkoping Talk, by Carol Dweck
Dr. Dweck explains the power of responding to children with “Not Yet” when they’re having trouble understanding. If they are told “Not Yet”, they experience a problem as one they can solve given time and guidance, rather than something they have “failed”. Instead of setting children up for failure, low self-esteem, and cheating, we can help them become curious, interested in learning, and excited by a challenge!
Click here to watch Carol Dweck’s talk
2015 TED Talk: How Our Microbes Make Us Who We Are
By Rob Knight
This is a truly fascinating subject, and it reminds me of the research on parasites that affect behavior. If you’re interested in reading more, there was a great article in the New York Times by Natalie Angier in 2007: In Parasite Survival, Ploys to Get Help From a Host
Click here to watch Rob Knight’s talk