Posts Tagged ‘science’

My Love Affair with Space

On the eve of the final mis­sion of NASA’s – and the nation’s – 30-year-long space shut­tle pro­gram, I present to you a video love let­ter – my newest piece for Time Magazine’s web­site, wherein Tara and I jour­ney to Florida to wit­ness our first launch.  STS-133, in Feb­ru­ary, was the last mis­sion of space shut­tle Dis­cov­ery…

Click for big­ger ver­sion at Time.com

Link:
My Love Affair with Space on Time.com

Lunar Eclipse Defined by Wikipedia

In cel­e­bra­tion of today’s lunar eclipse, Google‘s logo fea­tures an ani­mated moon.  When you click through, as usual, you get a page of related search results.

A lit­tle while ago, one of the top results included a sur­pris­ing def­i­n­i­tion of “lunar eclipse” from Wikipedia:

Accord­ing to Wikipedia:

Lunar eclipse: A lunar eclipse is when the moon turns black and explodes, releas­ing a poi­so­nous gas, killing all of human­ity.  Of course this can occur only when the Sun, …

The page had already been cor­rected by the time I saw it.  But the false def­i­n­i­tion was appar­ently cached and show­ing up in Google’s search results, until a lit­tle while ago.

I love Wikipedia. But it’s still funny.

Check out the page devoted to Google Doo­dles.

April Fool’s Tribute to Thomas Edison

Last year, for April 1st, I was asked to make a guest post to a GE blog called Edison’s Desk.  So I made this April Fool’s Trib­ute to Thomas Edi­son.  I had a lot of fun with the links – try ’em all!

I must really be an April Fool because this is a big day for me.  I’ll be on NPR’s Sci­ence Fri­day with Ira Fla­tow – to talk about sci­ence and com­edy with my friends Tim Lee and Norm Gold­blatt.  The show streams live from 11am to 1pm Pacific/2-4pm East­ern, in addi­tion to air­ing on your local pub­lic radio sta­tion.  Lis­ten to it here.

Then later tonight I’m emcee­ing a great STEM edu­ca­tion event (STEM = Sci­ence Tech­nol­ogy Engi­neer­ing Math­e­mat­ics) in the plan­e­tar­ium at the Cal­i­for­nia Acad­emy of Sci­ences.  It’s called STEM­Po­sium and it’s an evening to honor some fan­tas­tic edu­ca­tion inno­va­tors.  This event will be live streamed from their web­site at 7:30pm Pacific. Check it out! 

Guest hosting Dr. Kiki’s Science Hour with Greg Gbur

For the next few weeks I will be guest host of Dr. Kiki’s Sci­ence Hour on Leo Laporte’s TWiT net­work. Dr. Kiki is out on mater­nity leave, hav­ing just given birth to a beau­ti­ful baby boy 20 days ago! Pre­vi­ous guest hosts have included Phil Plait, David Har­ris, and Jeri Ellsworth.

The show streams live every Thurs­day on TWiT at 4pm Pacific/7pm East­ern. For other time zones, do the math! You can also watch or down­load it later.

For first-time vis­i­tors: in addi­tion to my science-flavored stand up com­edy, I also make sci­ence videos for Time Magazine’s web­site. That link will send you to my vids on Time.com, or you can click the VIDEO tab above and see them on this site. Quite a vari­ety of top­ics in sci­ence and sci­ence fic­tion. I am also a con­trib­u­tor to Neil de Grasse Tyson‘s radio show StarTalk Radio.

Fol­low me on Twit­ter: @sciencecomedian
Sub­scribe to my YouTube videos: youtube.com/sciencecomedian

“Let There Be Light!” – my first show will be about light and weird sci­ence facts. My guest is Greg Gbur, an asso­ciate pro­fes­sor of Physics and Opti­cal Sci­ence at the Uni­ver­sity of North Car­olina at Char­lotte, spe­cial­iz­ing in research on the­o­ret­i­cal clas­si­cal optics. Since August of 2007 he has blogged as “Dr. SkySkull” at Skulls in the Stars, where he cov­ers optics, the his­tory of physics, his­tor­i­cal weird fic­tion, and the inter­con­nec­tion of these sub­jects. Greg also co-founded the his­tory of sci­ence blog car­ni­val The Giant’s Shoul­ders. He has over 60 peer-reviewed pub­li­ca­tions and is the author of the upcom­ing text­book, “Math­e­mat­i­cal Meth­ods for Opti­cal Physics and Engi­neer­ing”.

– Fol­low Greg on Twit­ter: @drskyskull
– Skulls in the Stars blog
– Go directly to the Weird Sci­ence Facts cat­e­gory on Greg’s blog
– Greg’s recent invis­i­bil­ity arti­cle on Sci­en­tific Amer­i­can
– Read his very in-depth post The Saga of the Sci­en­tific Swindler! (1884-1891)

When the show is avail­able, I will post the video here and per­haps some addi­tional notes and links. Please fol­low me on Twit­ter, sub­scribe to my YouTube chan­nel, and get on my Email list.

Next week my guest will be sci­ence writer extra­or­di­naire Carl Zim­mer!

Thanks for stop­ping by! 

Science Online 2011

Jan. 13-16, 2011 – ScienceOnline2011, Research Tri­an­gle Park, NC

I’m thrilled to be attend­ing and par­tic­i­pat­ing in ScienceOnline2011 – the fifth annual con­fer­ence on sci­ence and the web in Research Tri­an­gle Park, North Car­olina.  My first time!  I’ll be lead­ing a ses­sion with Joanne Man­aster on com­mu­ni­cat­ing sci­ence with humor, and I’ll be speaking/performing at the Sat­ur­day night ban­quet.  I’m look­ing for­ward to recon­nect­ing with some friends and mak­ing some new ones.

#scio11

Good Day, Sacramento!

This past Fri­day, I per­formed at the Sacra­mento Com­edy Spot (in , uh, Sacra­mento, CA).  To pro­mote the show, I made an early morn­ing appear­ance on a local TV show, “Good Day, Sacra­mento.”

I said, “Good day!”

We talked about sci­ence and com­edy and insect pho­tog­ra­phy.  They even pulled up my photo blog:  InsectPaparazzi.com .

Link:  Sci­ence Come­dian Brian Malow on Good Day, Sacra­mento

Schmahl Science Workshops Fundraiser

Sat­ur­day, Novem­ber 6, 2010.  I’m per­form­ing at a fundraiser for a very worth­while cause – Schmahl Sci­ence Work­shops offers an after-school career men­tor­ship pro­gram that enables pre-K through 12 stu­dents to par­tic­i­pate in on-going sci­ence and engi­neer­ing research pro­grams.

16th Anniver­sary Cel­e­bra­tion and Fundraiser:  “The Sci­ence of Suc­cess”

Food, wine, live enter­tain­ment (that’s me!)

6-10pm, Sat­ur­day, Novem­ber 6, 2010
Quadrus Con­fer­ence Cen­ter
2400 Sand Hill Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Tick­ets avail­able at http://sswevent2010.eventbrite.com

More info on Schmahl Sci­ence Work­shops:

The Bay Area is home to sig­nif­i­cant inno­va­tion in sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy.  How­ever many local school dis­tricts have elim­i­nated sci­ence edu­ca­tion from their cur­ricu­lum. The key is more Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy, Engi­neer­ing, and Math (STEM) edu­cated grad­u­ates if we want to con­tinue to be lead­ers in the global econ­omy. By part­ner­ing with schools, insti­tu­tions of higher edu­ca­tion, sci­ence based insti­tu­tions, muse­ums, local gov­ern­ments, and the busi­ness com­mu­nity our non-profit, Schmahl Sci­ence Work­shops (SSW) devel­ops young sci­en­tists to par­tic­i­pate in the next wave of sci­en­tific inno­va­tion. We need your help to keep Schmahl Sci­ence Work­shop strong.  We invite you to join us to cel­e­brate the accom­plish­ments of our stu­dents and to learn more about how you can inspire the next gen­er­a­tion of sci­en­tists.

Science Comedy at the Purple Onion, San Francisco

8pm, Thurs­day, Sept. 23, 2010

An evening of sci­ence com­edy – and a cou­ple guests on the show.  Get tick­ets here!

San Francisco’s Pur­ple Onion, in North Beach, is an awe­some venue with a lot of his­tory.

Tick­ets:  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/129964
140 Colum­bus Avenue
San Fran­cisco, CA 94133
(415) 956-1653 

Sacramento Comedy Spot

8pm, Fri­day, Sept. 24, 2010

An Evening of Sci­ence Com­edy at The Sacra­mento Com­edy Spot

Tick­ets are $12, avail­able here:
http://saccomedyspot.com/shows/brian-malow-science-comedy/

Sacra­mento Com­edy Spot
1050 20th Street
Sacra­mento, CA 95811
(916) 444-3137 

SkeptiCal 2010 Science & Skepticism Conference

I will be speak­ing at Skep­ti­Cal 2010, the North­ern Cal­i­for­nia Sci­ence & Skep­ti­cism Con­fer­ence in Berke­ley, April 24.

Other speak­ers include Euge­nie Scott, Seth Shostak, Kirsten San­ford, Brian Dun­ning, and more.  See the list of speak­ers.