Evocative Endeavour I did kind of wish for a second or two today, staring up at the big, black, underbelly of Space Shuttle Endeavour – boxed away at the California Science Center in Los Angeles – that I’d made more of an effort to see she or her sisters performing live. Am I getting all
Having unaccountably failed to spot comet McNaught on its recent visit, I was compensated last week by a meeting with this artificial comet created at the Griffith Observatory . Demonstrator Grace is holding the tangible product of last Friday’s ‘Let’s Make A Comet’ event, held in the Griffith’s Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon Theatre. And
Before heading back to LA from Santa Barbara last week, Erin and I made a final stop at the local natural history museum. I’ve blogged before about how great this place is. Not the largest of museums, but somehow managing to cover all the traditional departments through locally themed exhibits – and all in the
A little bleary-eyed this morning, having stayed up to watch the Kepler launch on NASA TV. Kepler’s mission is to locate rocky earth-sized planets around other stars. The satellite carries an instrument called a photometer, or light meter, that measures the very small changes in a star’s brightness that occur when an orbiting planet passes
It was inevitable. The indefinable, yet almost tangible buzz of excitement that has for weeks held cyberspace in a grip of nervous anticipation: it all makes sense now. For yesterday evening, to tumultuous public acclaim, the Zoonomian Science Centre opened its doors to residents of Second Life. O.K. – if my brother hadn’t monopolised model
The secret to becoming an astronaut is that you have to really, really, really want to be one. Oh yes – and to be considered for the European Space Agency’s 2008 recruitment round currently in progress (they recruit only every 15 years or so) you also need to be the right age and nationality. So
t must be over ten years since I last visited the Science Museum in Birmingham (UK), so yesterday’s visit to the present incarnation at Birmingham’s Millenium Point was way overdue. Now called Thinktank, the museum’s new name is more than simple rebranding – there have been some real content changes as well as the location. The most obvious change is the introduction of the Science Centre format. On reflection, the old Science Museum was always a little ahead of its time when it came to interactivity.