September 2nd, 2009

bald man thinking

public astronomy and robot fish and educational space exploration

These are a few of my favorite things!

- Public Astronomy: Help Citizen Sky (citizen scientist research, organized by astronomers and funded by the NSF) figure out the deal with Epsilon Aurigae, a star in the sky with some very mysterious behavior. Citizen Sky website. Article about the effort in Astronomy.com.

- Robotic Fish Roundup: 1) MIT is using robo-fish to detect environmental pollutants. 2) Robotic fish also used to look for pollutants in Spain (Inhabitat has an article as well. 3) Five years ago, a researcher won a MacArthur Award for work with robotic fish.

- Educational Space Exploration: "Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey" is an educational film (done in 3D with CGI) about space exploration. Sounds excellent! (Wikipedia article; IMDB entry; Website with preview, but it requires MS Silverlight).