innovations in science and technology

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Neil DeGrasse Tyson is a super star of modern science and with his recent trip to Oz he has been gracing our TV screens all week. Yay! He was on QandA at the beginning of the week and The Project at the end of the week.

This is why I love science… “Science works on the frontier between knowledge and ignorance. We’re not afraid to admit what we don’t know. There’s no shame in that. The only shame is to pretend that we have all the answers.” – Neil in his ground breaking show Cosmos.

On the project he threw out another great quote… “Innovations in science and technology will be the engines of tomorrow’s economy.” If only our politicians had such vision. Australia is such an innovative country with great minds but not enough funding. It’s sad because the great minds have to go overseas to complete their work, taking the profits with them.

If only our pollies were able to see the value that science and technology could bring to our future economy but they can’t see past the next election. Instead they cherry pick the science that suits their agenda… maybe we need more scientists in parliament house.

Here is his answer to the question “How do scientists prevent scientific ideas becoming politically partisan?”

Neil Degrasse Tyson, you are a fucking legend!


in a nutshell… everything you need to know about planet earth

This gorgeous video combines a bunch of science with beautiful flat design (all the rage right now).

Kurzgesagt is an AWESOME youtube channel and their German name literally means “in a nutshell”. They are a group of designers, journalists and musicians on a mission to make science beautiful, producing videos explaining things like space, time and evolution. Basically they are flipping awesome and you should sit down with a cup of [insert preferred beverage here] and binge watch the lot.

These illustrations are just so beautiful and simple. Often it’s much harder to simplify an image rather than get caught up in the detail – the minimalist artists dilemma.

Back when I was studying science I was appalled by the boring way information was communicated, but in the last five or so years the tables have turned. Access to technology has opened up the door for wonderful creative people to share science with us all.

According to Wikipedia the definition of a scientist is “A scientist, in a broad sense, is one engaging in a systematic activity to acquire knowledge” therefore, anyone who has a hunger for knowledge is indeed a scientist. 

Follow KurzGesagt on twitter or Facebook and enrich your brain with these cool cats.