Weekly Digest Feb. 7, 2014

nye v hamLike Creation Science? Toss Your Smartphone!
Nye took on creationist Ken Ham in a few hours of emotional debate this week about the merits of "creation science."

private fundingPrivate Funding Opportunities for Space Research (video)
Join our expert panelists to find out about opportunities for funding science with venture capital and other commercial opportunities.

mars sand dunesAn Interview with Frank Drake (video)
An interview with the “father of SETI science,” astronomer Frank Drake (the first President of the SETI Institute Board.) The discussion ranged widely over Dr. Drake’s career and current thinking, and included reminiscences of Project OZMA, the very first experiment searching for signals from civilizations among the stars, and his current view of the Drake Equation (estimating the chances of intelligent life out there).

big picture scienceBig Picture Science Radio Show: Stranded (podcast)
Imagine not knowing where you are – and no one else knowing either. Today, that’s pretty unlikely. Digital devices pinpoint our location within a few feet, so it’s hard to get lost anymore. But from Antarctica to outer space, we can still get stranded.

reuREU: Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates. Life in the Universe – Astronomy and Planetary Science at the SETI Institute
Apply today! Students will work with scientists at the SETI Institute and at the nearby NASA Ames Research Center on projects spanning the field of astrobiology from microbiology to planetary geology to observational astronomy. We are now accepting applications for summer 2014.

little earthCan you believe that this is a photo of Earth? Pillars of light ring the edges of Earth, shown in a spherical panoramic image mosaic.
Image Credit & Copyright: Janne Voutilainen

brain neurons imageThe 200,000-Year-Old Human 'Superbrain' --"Greater Complexity than a Galaxy"
According to physicist, Roger Penrose, what's in our head is orders of magnitude more complex than anything one sees in the Universe: "If you look at the entire physical cosmos," says Penrose, "our brains are a tiny, tiny part of it. But they're the most perfectly organized part. Compared to the complexity of a brain, a galaxy is just an inert lump."

earth imageJAXA Expedition 38 astronaut Koichi Wakata has been tweeting up a storm! From showing the view out the window to activities that he's working on, he has captured some incredible images.

3d pizzaInnovative... and delicious? Take a peek at this 3D pizza printer from NASA.
JAXA Expedition 38 astronaut Koichi Wakata has been tweeting up a storm! From showing the view out the window to activities that he's working on, he has captured some incredible images