Science, the Secret Ingredient

Curiosity Mars Rover Snaps Panorama
The Fastest Spinning Galaxy
This Problem Could Break Cryptography
Attack of the Brain-Eating Killer Songbirds


Curiosity Mars Rover Snaps
1.8 Billion-Pixel Panorama
(narrated video)

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Mar 4, 2020 – 3:09
NASA Curiosity Project Scientist Ashwin Vasavada guides this tour of the rover’s view of the Martian surface.

This panorama showcases “Glen Torridon,” a region on the side of Mount Sharp that Curiosity is exploring. The panorama was taken between Nov. 24 and Dec. 1, 2019, when the Curiosity team was out for the Thanksgiving holiday. Since the rover would be sitting still with few other tasks to do while it waited for the team to return and provide its next commands, the rover had a rare chance to image its surroundings several days in a row without moving.

Composed of more than 1,000 images and carefully assembled over the ensuing months, the larger version of this composite contains nearly 1.8 billion pixels of Martian landscape.


The Fastest Spinning Galaxy
“Minogue’s Galaxy”
Space is Weird

Dr. Becky – Mar 4, 2020 – 17:04
“It’s spinning around, in the fastest way, it’s ‘cause of its dark matter that it is like this” – any guesses why I’ve dubbed UGC 12591 the “Minogue galaxy”


This Problem Could Break Cryptography

SciShow – Mar 2, 2020 – 8:07
What if, no matter how strong your password was, a hacker could crack it just as easily as you can type it? In fact, what if all sorts of puzzles we thought were hard turned out to be easy? Mathematicians call this problem P vs. NP, it is perhaps the single most important question in computer science today. Hosted by: Hank Green


Attack of the Brain-Eating Killer Songbirds

SciShow – Mar 3, 2020 – 4:07
Zombies aren’t coming for you brains, but for an unfortunate species of bats, the terror of seemingly sweet songbirds developing a taste for brains is a horrific reality. Hosted by: Olivia Gordon

“Brain-eating zombies don’t exist!” (whew!)

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