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Bill Nye and Neil DeGrasse Tyson at the Emmy Awards

 

'Wild Yellowstone: The Frozen Frontier' -- last year's Emmy winner for Outstanding Cinematography: Documentary and Long Form

"The Yellowstone winters are unforgiving and the animals that call the park home have a variety of strategies they employ in order to survive" -- National Geographic Wild on YouTube.

Nature and science at the Primetime Emmy Awards
Three shows nominated for Primetime Emmy Awards examine nature, science, and scientists. "Planet Earth II" and "Genius" each earned ten nominations. "Bill Nye Saves The World" earned two.

Vox on 'Planet Earth II'
In three videos, Vox explains how the BBC makes Planet Earth look like a Hollywood movie, how wildlife films warp time, and how the BBC films the night side of Planet Earth.

More nature and science at the Primetime Emmy Awards
Five more shows about nature, science, and space earned one nomination each at the Primetime Emmy Awards: "Wild New Zealand," "Wild Scotland," and "Year Million" were each nominated for Outstanding Narrator, “StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson” was nominated for Outstanding Informational Series or Special, and “Mission: ISS” was nominated for Outstanding Original Interactive Program, a new category.
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Original here.

Continuing with the Happy New Year from space theme, here's NASA Sends Out of This World New Year's Greeting in Times Square.



For more, see the fireworks at Happy New Year 2014! on Crazy Eddie's Motie News.
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Feeling down about spaceflight? Lift your spirits with Yuri's Night
By Alan Boyle
Yuri's Night has been celebrating space odysseys since 2001, on the 40th anniversary of Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin's history-making launch into orbit — but it's much more challenging to find cause for celebration this year.

First of all, it's been just a year since the huge golden anniversary of the first human spaceflight, in 2011. To mark the occasion, Yuri's Night put on more than 600 events in 75 countries, and that's a hard act for anyone to follow. Perhaps more importantly, this year marks the first Yuri's Night since NASA retired the space shuttle fleet. For the next few years, there's no way to launch astronauts from U.S. soil.

"With the shuttle era coming to an end, there's going to be a lot of nostalgia this year," Veronica Ann Zabala-Aliberto, director of marketing for Yuri's Night 2012, told me this week. "It's going to be an interesting time to see how people bridge the gap."
For a schedule of events, see the Yuri's Night website.*

*Originally posted as the lead story in Overnight News Digest: Science Saturday (Yuri's Night 2012 edition) on Daily Kos.

Above originally posted on Crazy Eddie's Motie News.

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The first full moon of 2012 will be tonight, the first of 13 full moons this year. Each of these moons has a name (and one of them has two names), as Space.com (via MSNBC) explains.*

How 2012's full moons got their strange names
Origins credited to Native Americans and early European settlers
By Joe Rao
updated 1/7/2012 3:07:59 PM ET
The start of 2012 brings with it a new year of skywatching, and lunar enthusiasts are gearing up for a stunning lineup of full moons. But, where does the tradition of full moon names come from?

Full moon names date back to Native Americans of a few hundred years ago, of what is now the northern and eastern United States. To keep track of the changing seasons, these tribes gave distinctive names to each recurring full moon. Their names were applied to the entire month in which each occurred.

There were some variations in the moon names, but in general, the same ones were used throughout the Algonquin tribes from New England, continuing west to Lake Superior.

European settlers followed their own customs and created some of their own names. Here is a list of all of the full moon names, as well as the dates and times for 2012: (Unless otherwise noted, all times are given in Eastern Standard Time.)
Tonight's full moon is the Full Wolf Moon which will reach maximum on January 9th (technically tomorrow) at 2:30 a.m. EST. The association of wolf with a full moon has cross-cultural connotations, particularly with superstitions about what else happens involving wolves, people, and full moons. Everyone, enjoy the light show and sing along with Warren Zevon. A-hoo!



Now that the show is over, surf over to Crazy Eddie's Motie News for the rest of the full moon names, along with important astronomical events associated with some of them.

*This article is among those I excerpted for last night's Overnight News Digest: Science Saturday (100 Year Starship edition) on Daily Kos. The headline article of that diary entry is one that also deserves a "Beginnings" entry of its own, especially given the science fiction slant of this blog. Like Anonymous, expect it.
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From Nablopomo on BlogHer.

So what is the NaBloPoMo theme of the month?
BEGINNINGS

January 1st is a blank slate, and you can make the year anything you want it to be? Leave your job and embark on a new career. Open that blank document and start that novel you always wanted to write. Join that online dating site, signup for a new class, or close your eyes and point to a place on a globe to plan your next vacation.

Beginnings can be scary, but as the adage by Lao-tzu goes, "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." You can take a single step, right? And after that, it's just putting foot before foot, taking your new journey slowly and letting it unfold at its own pace. Along the way, blog about your experience, not only so readers can follow along, but so that you have a record of how far you've come any time you feel yourself falter.
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So what are you beginning this year? If you can name at least five things, it means you have at least five blog posts inside of you. And if you can do five posts, you can certainly expand that and do an extra 25 or so.
I have no problem popping off a post a day, as blogging about sustainability and politics in Detroit means never running out of material, so I've signed up again. I'm one of only two politics bloggers there, and the other one has already missed the goal of posting every day. Is this it? skipped the 3rd, 4th, and 6th. Yay, me.

On that note, here are the posts with the beginnings tag from this week.

Nablopomo for January 2012: Beginnings
This one has two versions of Chicago's "Beginnings" one from Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire, and the other from the 27th Lancers Drum and Bugle Corps.

Occupy the Rose Parade, plus an astronaut on gardening in space
I love the Rose Parade, space exploration, and Occupy. I couldn't resist all three in one place.

2012: The Mayan Apocalypse? Yeah, right
Prepare for a year of DOOM!

Last night was the beginning of the primary/caucus season for 2012
And a year of politics, too.

WXYZ begins its North American International Auto Show coverage
This is a Detroit blog, after all.

Governor Snyder sued twice this week
Good going, Nerd.

New beginnings for two Metro Detroit transit projects
21st Century mass transit is "not dead yet!"

And that's it for this week.

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In the previous digest, I promised "global and national environmental issues, local (Michigan and Metro Detroit) sustainability issues, and Tea Party screw-ups." I'll do the first one, as I just posted an entry on that general topic.

Next Media Animation on the Keystone XL pipeline

Next Media Animation on Thanksgiving food inflation

Phil Plait on saving Earth from asteroids

Nebris and I have a conversation

A video gift from a student

Yes, I posted that one before. It's worth seeing again. Besides, I'm an environmentalist; I recycle.

The village of Wukan, China, in open revolt

The situation in Wukan escalates

More paranoia about Agenda 21

You'll see this one again, as it's about Tea Partiers screwing up.

Next Media Animation thinks low birth rates in the U.S. and China aren't all good

Next Media Animation on Canada leaving the Kyoto Protocol, plus a Rick Perry joke

With that last entry, the topics complete the circle, as the first and last are about Canadian tar sands.
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Crazy Eddie the Motie wishes you a Merry Christmas, part 1

Funny and snarky videos from Next Media Animation.

Crazy Eddie the Motie wishes you a Merry Christmas, part 2

A Christmas light show set to music from a drum and bugle corps.

Crazy Eddie the Motie wishes you a Merry Christmas, part 3

Christmas-themed space and science stories.

Now time to play Star Wars: The Old Republic.  May the Force be with you!


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I have a really cool, if depressing, macro at We could have had the Moon, instead we get Afghanistan on Crazy Eddie's Motie News. Unfortunately, I can't seem to post it here because of what the browser says is "bad unicode." Let's see if this works.
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Reuters: Space shuttle leaves Earth on final flight
By Irene Klotz
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida | Fri Jul 8, 2011 1:24pm EDT
Space shuttle Atlantis rocketed off its seaside launch pad on Friday, rising atop a tower of smoke and flames as it left Earth on the shuttle program's final flight.

About 1 million sightseers witnessed the smooth liftoff from Kennedy Space Center. They lined causeways and beaches around the central Florida site, angling for a last glimpse of the pioneering ship that has defined the U.S. space program for the past 30 years.

"Good luck to you and your crew on this final flight of this true American icon," shuttle launch director Mike Leinbach radioed to the crew minutes before takeoff.
...
"The shuttle is always going to be a reflection of what a great nation can do when it dares to be bold and commits to follow through," said Atlantis commander Chris Ferguson.
I would consider myself remiss if I didn't at least mention this story, which I plan on highlighting as the science story of the week over on Daily Kos tomorrow night. After all, this blog is about both collapse, including decline, a leading indicator of collapse, and how to prevent it, and I examine these topics from a science fiction angle. I think few themes more exemplify civilizational decline in science fiction more than withdrawing from space, and those that do generally include loss of ability to travel off the planet.

For the rest of this post, read it on Crazy Eddie's Motie News.
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Below originally posted to Overnight News Digest: Science Saturday (Yuri's Night 2011 edition)

Welcome to Science Saturday, where the Overnight News Digest crew informs and entertains you with this week's news about science, space, and the environment.

This week's featured story comes from the Yuri's Night website.

Human Spaceflight became a reality 50 years ago with the launch of a bell-shaped capsule called “Vostok 1” on April 12th, 1961. The capsule was carrying Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, who took his place in history as the first human to leave the bounds of Earth and enter outer space.

Exactly 20 years later, the United States embarked on a new era in spaceflight with the inaugural launch of a new type of spaceship — the Space Shuttle (April 12th, 1981). Designed to carry a larger crew and large volumes of cargo to orbit, the Space Shuttles became synonymous with human spaceflight for an entirely new generation of young people.

When the next 20-year point arrived, that generation (often called “Gen X”) laid a new space milestone by connecting thousands of people around the world to celebrate and honor the past, while building a stairway to the future. That event was Yuri’s Night, and it continues to bring the excitement, passion and promise of space travel closer to people of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds.
This is the fourth Yuri's Night I've covered for Overnight News Digest. Time flies.

Two videos from NASA Television on YouTube about the event behind the cut. )
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End of the last mission of Discovery.

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Here's the featured article for this week's Overnight News Digest on Daily Kos. I also posted it to Coffee Party USA's and Coffee Party Michigan's Facebook walls.

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Rutgers University: President of AAU Warns of Growing Economic Divide in America
March 03, 2011
By John Chadwick

The president of the Association of American Universities told an audience of Rutgers academic and administrative leaders recently that the challenges facing higher education in 21st-century America are rooted in the growing disparities of wealth and income.

“The most ominous threat to America and its institutions . . . is the growing and in some sense relentless division of wealth in this society,” said Robert M. Berdahl during a morning presentation, “Challenges Facing American Public Research Universities Today,” in the Board Room of Winants Hall.
For my Science Saturday series on Overnight News Digest at Daily, I've been featuring research news at the major public research universities in the states where the public employees unions have been under threat from newly elected Republican governors. The first week I highlighted Wisconsin. Last week, I added Ohio and Indiana. This week, I added New Jersey to the list, which is how I found this. I couldn't have asked for a better headliner if I had wished for it. If I can't find enough articles, I'll add Michigan and/or Florida to the list as well. I'll certainly be adding them next week.

Finally, the Nablopomo badge for this month. I placed it at the end because I want the first image to show up when this post gets linked on Facebook.

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