1. There’s something you better understand about me, ‘cause it’s important and one day your life may depend on it. I am definitely a madman with a box.

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  2. doctorwho:


    ANNOUNCING. A new original documentary series, a BBC AMERICA and BBC Two co-production. The Real History of Science Fiction premieres Saturday, April 19, 10:00pm ET after the Season 2 premiere of orphanblack.

    From Star Wars to 2001: A Space Odyssey, and from Jurassic Park to Doctor Who, each program is packed with contributors behind these creations and traces the developments of Robots,SpaceInvasion and Time. Narrated by Mark GatissDoctor Who writer, actor and co-creator of the BBC’s Sherlock, the series determines why science fiction is not merely a genre… for its audience it’s a portal to a multi-verse – one that is all too easy to get lost in.

    Among those taking part are: William Shatner (Star Trek), Nathan Fillion (Firefly), Zoe Saldana (Avatar, Star Trek), Steven Moffat (Doctor Who), Richard Dreyfuss (Close Encounters of the Third Kind), Chris Carter (The X-Files), Ronald D Moore (Battlestar Galactica), John Landis (An American Werewolf in London, Schlock), David Tennant (Doctor Who), Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future), Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner), John Carpenter (Dark Star, The Thing), Karen Gillan (Doctor Who), Neil Gaiman (The SandmanStardust), Kim Stanley Robinson (Mars Trilogy), Scott Bakula (Quantum LeapStar Trek: Enterprise), Ursula K Le Guin (The Left Hand of Darkness), Syd Mead (Blade Runner), Kenny Baker (Star Wars),Anthony Daniels (Star Wars), Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek), Peter Weller (Robocop), Edward James Olmos (Blade Runner, Battlestar Galactica) and many more.

    On one level, sci-fi can deliver a ‘white knuckle-ride’ – jaw-dropping special effects, and thrills that have cinemagoers flying out of their seats. But also, it is possibly the only area of pop culture that engages with big ideas. Good science fiction engages audiences on a deeper level than mere spectacle; it becomes a place to discuss not just the universe and how it works – but what it means to be emotional, sentient human beings. 

    We can’t wait for this exciting documentary eye-opener to The Real History of Science Fiction.

    Signal boosting this announcement as it is relevant to our interests.

  3. I’ll be a story in your headBut that’s okayWe’re all stories in the endJust make it a good oneeh? Cause it was, you know. It was the best.

    (Fuente: electragallifrey, vía doctorwho)

  4. bbcone:

    Sherlock Holmes was brought out of retirement by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for ‘His Last Bow’ in 1917, in a bid to boost morale during World War One. The book’s patriotic closing words were referenced by Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock in the third series finale ‘His Last Vow’.

  5. bbcone:

    We’re on the hunt for the best of Britain’s amateur artists for a new competitive arts series. If you are over 16 and like a creative challenge, we want to hear from you.

  7. Stop rummaging in my mind!

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  8. sagansense:

    1 in 4 Americans Don’t Know Earth Orbits The Sun. Yes, Really.
    by Ian O’Neill

    Dear Science Communication Professionals: We have a problem.

    Earlier this month, the Bill Nye vs. Ken Ham creationism “debate” received a disproportionate amount of press coverage. Considering that there really is no debate to be had when it comes to the science of evolution, for bad or for worse, Nye faced a hostile audience at the Creationist Museum in Kentucky. He hoped to score some scientific points against Ham’s literal translation of the Bible and his absurd assertion that the world was created in 6 days and that the universe is 6,000 years old.

    In my opinion, (an opinion shared by other science communicators), the Nye vs. Ham debate did little for science outreach. It was all about who sounded more convincing and only gave creationists some free advertising.

    And then, today, the National Science Foundation (NSF) delivered news of a pretty shocking poll result: around one in four Americans (yes, that’s 25 percent) are unaware that the Earth orbits the sun. Let’s repeat that: One in four Americans — that represents one quarter of the population — when asked probably the most basic question in science (except, perhaps, “Is the Earth flat?” Hint: No.), got the answer incorrect. Suddenly I realized why the Nye vs. Ham debate was so popular.

    But wait! I hear you cry, perhaps the NSF poll was flawed? Perhaps the poll sample was too small? Sadly not. The NSF poll, which is used to gauge U.S. scientific literacy every year, surveyed 2,200 people who were asked 10 questions about physical and biological sciences. On average, the score was 6.5 out of 10 — barely a passing grade. But for me personally, the fact that 26 percent of the respondents were unaware the Earth revolves around the sun shocked me to the core.

    Perhaps I’m expecting too much of the U.S. education system? Perhaps this is just an anomaly; a statistical blip? But then, like the endless deluge of snow that is currently choking the East Coast, another outcome of the same poll appeared on the foggy horizon of scientific illiteracy: The majority of young Americans think astrology is a science.

    What the what? Have I been transported back to the Dark Ages? Astrology, of course, is not a science; it is a spiritual belief system at best and at worst a pseudoscience driven by charlatans and the tabloid press. The positions of the stars and planets in the sky do not affect my mood and my horoscope has little bearing on the kind of person I am. Even in China, one of the birthplaces of astrology, 92 percent of the people know that astrology is bunk. Really America, get your act together.

    Unfortunately, if we are to use the “Is astrology a science?” as a litmus test for scientific literacy, things are looking grim. In 2004, 66 percent of the American public said astrology was bunk. Every year since then, that majority has slipped. By 2012, only 55 percent of Americans considered astrology “not at all scientific.” Probably of most concern is the fact that only 42 percent of young respondents aged between 18-24 said astrology is “not at all scientific.”

    But there is a small glimmer of hope. According to the same NSF poll, the vast majority of Americans seem to love science. Although they returned woeful test results, it seems America is hungry to learn about science and think that science funding is essential for the well-being of the nation. But I’m now concerned about what America thinks science really is, especially in light of that astrology result. Also, just because the U.S. public wants to learn, can they find the institutions that will actually teach real science?

    Schools across the nation are currently facing the unthinkable notion of teaching creationism alongside evolution in science classrooms. The fact that religion is given the same standing as science is not only absurd, it’s a fundamental institutional failing where children (who may be excited to learn about science) will grow up with a second-rate education, neglecting decades of scientific knowledge in favor of pseudo-scientific religious agendas.

    For a nation that prides itself on science and discovery, it will be a tragedy on a national scale if fundamental science is undercut by superstition and the bad policies it inspires.

    You can read detailed results of the NSF poll here (PDF).

    Source: DNews
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    …….so. There’s this. However, we do have much working in our (humanity’s) favor: the very technology we depend on for information and communication is being used by humanity to evaluate, compare, and verify through a self-correcting process called science.

    I know this report is extremely grim, but my fellow curious human family…this is precisely why we delight in sharing information, educating others, communicating across these artificial boundaries set up before us, and encouraging alternative means to pay it forward for the next generation. We’re in the midst of a grand transition regarding how we inspire, create, and contribute to the world.

    If there were any time in our society where a massive transition from long-held beliefs, superstitions, and traditions was needed, now is that time. Let’s keep doing what we’re doing with as much patience as possible. We have resources and access to information on a scale never before witnessed or applied to any society throughout history. Not even the Library of Alexandria could compete with the amount of knowledge we have and the means by which we can communicate it to others.

    Let’s get to work.


  10. The first episode of Doctor Who aired at 5:16 PM on November 23, 1963.

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  13. cleowho:

    "What on Earth..?"

    Eleven, Prof. Brian Cox and a Silent - The Science of Doctor Who (BBC 2013)


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