Stories tagged Carl Sagan

It's two of my great loves -- PBS science shows, and Auto Tune -- brought together by Symphony of Science and made accessible to everyone via YouTube.

Watch them all. Download the MP3s. And you might find yourself walking around all day, singing to yourself

"...the secrets of evolution are time and death..."


" of the great revelations of space exploration is the image of the earth, finite and lonely, bearing the entire human species through the oceans of space and time..."


"...matter flows from place to place and momentarily comes together to be you..."


"We are all each other, the Earth, the rest of the universe, atomically..."

And that, friends, would be awesome.
In fact, post your favorite "lyric" below.

"The Unbroken Thread"

"Our Place in the Cosmos"

"We Are All Connected"

"A Glorious Dawn"

The folks from National Public Radio's Science Friday program have recently launched a new blog that Science Buzz readers might like called SciArts. It features stories highlighting some of the interesting connections between the creative endeavors of science and art (once you start looking, those connections are everywhere). In addition to things like Cro-Magnon artists and bird song research, the blog's authors recently turned me on to musician John Boswell's awesome remix tribute to the astronomer and popular science author Carl Sagan. I've posted this video here because it's just really cool.

And here are some links to past Science Buzz stories that feature art.


Cosmic Calendar: Cosmic Calendar; All of time compressed to one year. picture from wikimedia
Cosmic Calendar: Cosmic Calendar; All of time compressed to one year. picture from wikimedia

The history of the universe reduced to one year

Astrophysicists have deduced the age of the Universe (dated from the Big Bang) to be 13.7 BILLION YEARS!
If this time line were compressed into one year, each month would be about one a billion years. What follows is a look at when import events occur during this "cosmic Year".

    Jan 1, Big Bang
    May 1, Milky Way Galaxy origen
    Sept 9, solar system origen
    Sept 14, Earth formation
    Oct 9, oldest fossils (algae)
    Nov 15, 1st cells with nuclei
    December: (1st) oxygen in atmosphere (18th) trilobites, plankton (19th) fish, vertebrates (20th) plants on land (21st) insects, land animals (22) amphibians, winged insects (23) trees, reptiles (24) dinosaurs (26) mammals (27) birds (28) flowers, dinosaurs extinct (29) primates, whales (December 31,10:30p.m.) first humans (11p.m.) stone tools (11:46p.m.) domestic use of fire (11:59:20p.m.) agriculture

Ten second countdown till midnight:

    10 astronomy
    9 alphabet
    8 laws
    7 bronze
    6 iron
    5 Buddha
    4 Archimedes, Ptolomy, Christ
    3 zero and decimals, Rome falls, Islam
    2 Maya, Crusades
    1 science experimentation

During the last second

We have planetary exploration, computers and AI, nanotechnology, global culture, and weapons of mass destruction.
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