When I was a kid, at one time one of my favorite TV shows was definitely Blossom. “Don’t know about the future, that’s anybody’s guess / A’int no good-a-reason for gettin’ all depressed.” I still remember all the words to the theme song!
After the show ended, Mayim Bialik (who played Blossom) decided she didn’t want to act anymore and wanted to pursue her interests in neuroscience. More recently, she made a comeback in The Big Bang Theory and put her neuroscience to work. Such a fascinating woman!
In a new video for PBS’s “The Secret Life of Scientists,” Blossom talks about her double life in acting and neuroscience in a special segment called “Mayam Bialik: Blossoming Into Science.” The PBS show is an Emmy-nominated web video series and site from the makers of the acclaimed science series, PBS’s NOVA. Each episode profiles one of today’s leading scientists, and shows what happens when the lab coats come off. Watch the episode below!
DNews is a show about the science of everyday life and they post new videos three times a day, every weekday. Yesterday, they posted their Top 5 Science Stories of 2012! In the video, the host Trace counts down the biggest stories in a year full of amazing scientific advancements and achievements.
One of the top science stories of the year was the Mayan Apocalypse…or shall I say non-story of the year. There was so much build up to this “end of the world” event, with people stocking up of food & supplies, others climbing mountains or heading underground where they thought they’d be safe from whatever world-ending events they believed would unfold.
Check out the other top stories and Trace’s funny take on each of them in the video below.
Wow, something useful might actually come from Twitter. I should start off by mentioning that I do not use Twitter; I don’t follow people who have Twitter; I have never even visited the Twitter website- I am assuming there is one- I simply know the basic premise behind it. There are two main reasons I am steering clear of Twitter:
1. I already have way too many things that I waste my time doing (eBay, Facebook, reading/writing blogs, checking email, reading, sleeping).
2. Inspite of friends who now Tweet, but used to make fun of my constant Facebook status updating.
In a society where everyone loves to know everyone’s business, follow celebrities, and have constant stimulation, I totally understand why Twitter is a hit. I just personally don’t want to get caught up in it.
I was very surprised to read an article the other day that a scientific idea was brought about because of Twitter. Coming from a science background, I have witnessed how much research is out there in the world that makes only baby steps towards something useful and that is beneficial to the world. And, how much there is out there that doesn’t even do that.