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Starbucks Presents: To Be Human – Susan Tucker

– [Coffee shop sounds] – I’m Susan Tucker from Topeka, Kansas. My great-great-great grandfather fought in the Mexican-American War. The United States gave the men that fought in the Mexican-American War a choice of either 100 acres or $100. So, he chose 100 acres. The farm was established in 1848; Glad Crest Farms. My brother… Read More »

Astronomy and empire at the Pantheon in Rome (Giulio Magli)

The Emperor Hadrian was one of the greatest builders of Roman history. In particular, he ordered the construction of the world-famous royal estate today called Villa Adriana. It is known that he was interested in astronomy; his own mausoleum, later transformed by the popes into the S. Angelo castle, is placed in such a way… Read More »

Dying of Thirst – Astronomy Club

What’s good? Nothing. Oh, so tell me, did it hurt? When they captured me? When they beat me? No, when you fell from heaven girl. Life is pain. I am sorry, but I am bleeding out, so I’m going to say this quickly. Can I get you a drink? Oh, yes, yes! I haven’t had… Read More »

Salvia Turned Me Into A Lonely God – Tales from the Trip

Oh no! I’m my mom and I’m my grandmother and I’m alone? And I’m an accordion and I’m not on the planet that I thought I was anymore. Hi, this is Myq Kaplan and here’s a story about a time I did salvia. It was legal and maybe still is and that doesn’t make any… Read More »

Reflections on Physics and Astronomy

This short film traces the development of the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh from very early days up until the present and reflects on the achievements of some of his students and staff first port of call is to professor Sir David Wallace I’m in the house James Maxwell was… Read More »

Dark Energy – 60 Second Adventures in Astronomy (9/14)

60-Second Adventures in Astronomy. Number 9: Dark Energy. Why is the universe expanding? Albert Einstein was absolutely certain the universe was stable but he couldn’t work out why his snazzy new relativity equations suggested it was contracting, so Einstein figured space must have an inbuilt tendency to fling itself apart, which would balance out the… Read More »

The Discovery of Uranus (Astronomy)

Six planets were known to the ancients: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. It wasn’t until 1781, during the Age of Enlightenment, the age of the “gentleman scientist,” that the seventh planet was discovered. Friedrich Wilhelm Herschel was a German musician who fled French-occupied Hanover during the Seven Years’ War. He made a new… Read More »

PHILOSOPHY – Augustine

Augustine was a Christian philosopher, who lived in the 4th and 5th century A.D., on the fringes of the rapidly declining Roman Empire in the North African town of Hippo. He served as bishop for 35 years, proving popular and inspirational to his largely uneducated and poor congregation. In his last days, a Germanic tribe… Read More »

Brown Dwarfs: Crash Course Astronomy #28

The sky, we now know, is full of stars AND planets. Stars are massive enough to fuse hydrogen into helium in their cores, generating energy. The heat created by that process tries to expand them, but their gravity balances that outward force, creating an equilibrium. Planets, even gas giants like Jupiter, are far too small… Read More »