The New York Times Well Guide—Mindfulness for Children
David Gelles has created a mindfulness meditation guide for children, featuring some of my work with Susan Kaiser Greenland. I’m delighted to share this wonderful resource for parents and children!
Click here to see the guide in The New York Times
The Farthest—Voyager in Space
I was looking forward to watching The Farthest—Voyager in Space, and it ended up exceeding all of my expectations. I highly recommend this beautiful and exhilarating film about a wondrous human feat!
Click here to watch the trailer
My Favorite 2017 TED Talks #3
Mind-blowing, magnified portraits of insects
by Levon Biss
Click here to watch the mesmerizing video!
Mass: The quest to understand matter from Greek atoms to quantum fields
by Jim Baggott
Read an excerpt from Baggott’s intriguing new book!
What we have discovered is that the foundations of our universe are not as solid or as certain and dependable as we might have once imagined. They are instead built from ghosts and phantoms, of a peculiar quantum kind…
My Favorite 2017 TED Talks #2
This one by Anil Seth is also fascinating. Check it out!
Your Brain Hallucinates Your Conscious Reality
by Anil Seth
My Favorite 2017 TED Talks #1
This is my favorite talk from this year’s TED conference. Enjoy!
Meet the Microscopic Life in Your Home—
and on Your Face
by Anne Madden
Guest Post: The Mystery of Time
An Excerpt from Your Brain is a Time Machine, by Dean Buonomano
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 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 read the excerpt from Dean Buonomano’s
Your Brain Is A Time Machine
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…
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
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!
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.
Click here to pre-order now
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
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 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
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