Last week, the American Museum of Natural History in New York and famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson held a press event to announce the museum's new Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education and Innovation.
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Every Friday night in the US, comedian Bill Maher puts on a show with an interesting mix of guests. But this past Friday, Maher repeated a claim he often makes that was finally smacked down by Neil DeGrasse Tyson. Namely, Maher said that conservatives are consistently more anti-science than liberals. That's bullshit.
On Friday, Neil deGrasse Tyson welcomed Edward Snowden to his StarTalk podcast. Along with the usual conversations about privacy and government, Snowden had another important warning to provide: encryption may hurt our abilities to see, or be seen by, extraterrestrials.
Briefly: As it turns out, Dr Neil DeGrasse Tyson is scared of more than just aliens studying us, he's scared of the power-points in Australia. What?
What do you ask one of the smartest people alive in 7 minutes? That’s what I had to decide last week when I interviewed Dr Neil DeGrasse Tyson: astrophysicist, TV host and one of the only people on Earth who can claim ownership of a whole planetarium. In the amount of time it took the Curiosity Rover to land on Mars, Dr Neil DeGrasse Tyson slammed Australia’s scientific ignorance, and told me what keeps him up at night.
Neil deGrasse Tyson is a brilliant, modern-day Carl Sagan. He is also, if we are to judge solely by his Twitter account, a freshman philosophy major, tweeting from his dorm room and rolling blunts on top of his used copy of Plato's Republic.