While we were all busy this summer lounging about, taking naps, going to the beach, studying the Periodic table… scientists continued to reveal fabulous discoveries and remarkable events.
Here’s a VERY short list of some this summer’s science news:
- Mars Rover Curiosity lands on Mars! Curiosity will search for evidence of life of Mars in the past or present. More specifically, the Rover is looking for environmental conditions that would be favorable for microbes such as bacteria to live. To keep up with the mission, check out this link. Here’s a quick fact sheet about the mission.
On a side note, when I was kid there was a movie called Short Circuit, which featured a robot called Johnny 5. See any resemblance?
- In more Mars related news, the Flight Director of the Mars Science Lab Curiosity mission officially became the hippest scientist on the Internet…next to Neil Degrasse Tyson. Bobak Ferdowski became famous this summer, not just for being the Flight Director of this amazing mission, but for being the “Mohawk guy.” He actually cuts his hair differently for each mission, and the mohawk was chosen by this staff. In any case, he became an overnight internet sensation which has spawned its own meme. Yea for scientist memes! To learn more about him, check out this interview.
Oh, and in case you don’t know Neil Degrasse Tyson, he’s an astrophysicist and science educator that has hosted a number of science documentaries. We might watch some of PBS’s Origins at some point. I’m not sure how he became a meme, but I think it had to do with his vest.
- Okay, enough about scientists! Let’s talk about the Olympics! Well, besides seeing lots of amazingly fit people in skin-tight outfits throw sticks, splash around in water, do unbelievable flips on the balance beam, and perform excruciating routines on a piece of equipment called the pommel horse (or should it be called a pummel horse? I didn’t see anybody ever do particularly well on it)…there was lots of science going on behind it all!!