Busy Week in Space!

This week marked a milestone in space exploration: the successful launch of a space capsule by a private company and its berth with the International Space Station this morning. We wrote about SpaceX’s Dragon mission at The Huffington Post; click HERE to read our piece and a pretty interesting conversation in the comment thread. We’re set to do a follow-up there tomorrow, after we see … Continue reading Busy Week in Space!

A Day at NASA’s Dryden Research Center (#NASASocial): A Is for Aeronautics

If you missed last week’s post about Dryden Flight Research Center, you might want to start THERE. Otherwise, read on to continue the story. A clear and consistent message was delivered at both the #DrydenSocial and last fall’s GRAIL Tweetup: NASA wants to use social media to help spread the word of its achievements. To that end, NASA trots out its best and brightest to … Continue reading A Day at NASA’s Dryden Research Center (#NASASocial): A Is for Aeronautics

PurpleStride Chicago 2012: Research on Pancreatic Cancer

Tomorrow, we’re walking in PurpleStride Chicago 2012 to raise money for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Click HERE for our team page. That’s an opportunity for us to focus this post on a health sciences topic and consider some of the science related to our own bodies. If you remember back to high school anatomy class, the pancreas, an organ about six inches long, sits … Continue reading PurpleStride Chicago 2012: Research on Pancreatic Cancer

On This Date: Marlin Perkins

When we were just little kids, Sunday night meant kids television: The Wonderful World of Disney and, before it, Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom. We’d rush through dinner in anticipation of flying over a herd of antelope or sneaking up on a tiger, all before discovering that Kurt Russell was the strongest man in the world and an absent-minded professor had invented flubber. Today is … Continue reading On This Date: Marlin Perkins

GRAIL: Another Lofty Quest (Part 5)

One reason we continue to return to Florida’s Space Coast, whenever work schedules and finances allow, is that each trip is an opportunity to discover something that we haven’t seen before. Today’s GRAIL scrub gave rise to yet another unexpected chain of events that ultimately led Doug to the U.S. Space Walk of Fame Museum (SWOF, because who doesn’t want to acronymize things related to … Continue reading GRAIL: Another Lofty Quest (Part 5)

GRAIL: Another Lofty Quest (Part 1)

In the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the bridgekeeper asks three questions, much like the security questions now used for credit card accounts. What is your name? Lofty Ambitions. What is your quest? GRAIL. What is your favorite colour? According to Crayola, America’s favorite color is blue. We suppose this bridgekeeper’s question calls for a separate post on color and the light … Continue reading GRAIL: Another Lofty Quest (Part 1)

Three Mile Island Anniversary

This weekend, we were working on our regular post for Wednesday about radioactivity and how we measure it, because we’re trying to make sense, in small ways, of the nuclear accident currently unfolding in Japan. Suddenly, we remembered that, on March 28, 1979, a valve stuck at Three Mile Island. At that time, we were teenagers not yet very aware of the world’s dangers. This … Continue reading Three Mile Island Anniversary

Happy 80th Birthday Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner

Eighty years ago this week, on March 22nd and 26th respectively, William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy entered this world in near simultaneity. Almost forty years later, starting in 1966, their lives became intertwined with the cultural phenomenon that is Star Trek. In the forty-plus years since the first airing of Star Trek on September 8, 1966, Shatner and Nimoy have variously rejected, embraced, and come … Continue reading Happy 80th Birthday Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner