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All it took was slowing down this video of Neil deGrasse Tyson answering the question, “Who is the greatest physicist in history?” to find out how the man would look completely stoned. Not only does he sound stoned, but his mannerisms and especially his eyes make it look like he’s gone, gone, gone.

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I’m not sure what it is about this teaser trailer for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar that touches me, but it gets me right in the feels. The movie is a year away, and there’s very little in the teaser, but there’s something about it that makes me hope for more than just a movie.

I can’t really explain it. But I feel like NASA should make this their promotional video. I’d love to know what Neil Degrasse Tyson thinks of it.

Check it out after the break and I hope you’ll leave your thoughts in the comments. I’d be interested to hear them.

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Geek week continues, and YouTube is still celebrating. Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson helps out by sharing a highlights reel of science. He goes over ten reasons to love science, and they are all absolutely stunning. From the beauty of the Northern Lights to how wringing out a washcloth looks awesome in zero gravity. It’s all there, and it will move you and make you feel very small. Science is cool.

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Carl Sagan’s Cosmos is a classic, plain and simple. The 1980s series explored the mysteries of space and brought science into your living room in a digestible format. Neil deGrasse Tyson is carrying the torch onward. We first heard about this way back in 2011, but now the Cosmos reboot is actually happening. The trailer for Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey is here, and it looks stunning. Tyson will be an amazing host.

The show premieres on National Geographic and Fox sometime in 2014.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson speaks eloquently on a huge number of subjects but, more often than not, the subject is geeky. A few years ago he talked about the astrophysics of Star Trek and commented that, “They’ve made admirable attempts to do the correct things with physics.” He points out you can’t go into it nitpicking every aspect but instead should look at how they’ve done in their attempt. He’s a fair guy. It only makes sense that he’d like Star Trek more than Star Wars in that regard.

As much as I love Star Wars, it doesn’t approach science and technology in the same way as Trek. In fact, it barely addresses it. He recently told Business Insider the following:

“I’m old-school with the big traditional TV and movie series, so I’m old-school Star Trek. I’m partial to the old crew, Captain Kirk.”

“I never got into Star Wars,” Tyson tells us. “Maybe because they made no attempt to portray real physics. At all.”

Watch the video from Business Insider as well as the one about the astrophysics of Star Trek after the break.

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This is the perfect votive for those who choose to put their faith in science above all else. It’s physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson turned into a saint with a planetary halo, a beaker full of something blue, and a book of Badassery tucked under his arm. It’s part of a set that includes a matching Bill Nye version so you can have one on each side of your Altar to Science.

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I hesitate to even type that title because, dang, who really thinks they’re smarter than Neil deGrasse Tyson? The answer is materials scientist Suveen Mathaudhu who says that Tyson got it all wrong when he estimated Mjolnir’s weight. The disagreement arose over this tweet from Tyson.

According to Mathaudhu, Tyson has made a flawed assumption in stating that the hammer is made of neutron-star matter, so his estimate isn’t even close.

“The critical mistake Tyson makes is thinking that Mjolnir was forged of the core of a dying star, when it was actually forged in the core of a dying star. It’s well documented that the hammer is made out of ‘Uru,’ a fictional metal from Thor’s native realm of Asgard.”

He then goes on to cite the official Marvel “Thor’s Hammer” trading card which states that Mjolnir weighs all of 42.3 pounds. So how could Uru possibly be so light and strong? Mathaudhu proposes the following theory:

“Perhaps Uru is the ‘holy grail’ of high-pressure physics: a form of metallic hydrogen,” Mathaudhu says. “Some predictions of the density of metallic hydrogen fall into this range, it requires extreme conditions to form, and could be a tremendous energy source. It’s thought to be present at the core of planets, such as Jupiter, and at the core of suns – which are stars, after all.”

It’s okay, Neil, we all still love you anyway.

(North Carolina State via io9)

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Neil deGrasse Tyson has calculated that if Mjolnir was truly forged from a collapsing star, it would weigh roughly as much as 300 billion elephants. Measuring in elephants is now the gold standard for scientific accuracy apparently.

Later on, Neil received the actual hammer from Thor himself (pictured above) so he could “make the proper measurements”. It seems he is worth of lifting it. We’re not surprised.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson is best known for being a super-smart astrophysicist with a knack for connecting with his audience. He turns ridiculously complicated topics into something that we can all relate to and understand, in part because his passion for science is nothing short of contagious. Now he’s connecting with us in a new way as he busts a move out on the dance floor at a party. He’s even kicked off his shoes and is dancing in his socks!

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In the latest edition of science is awesome, Neil deGrasse Tyson helped DC Comics pin down an actual location for the fictional home planet of Superman, Krypton. That sentence is so many kinds of wonderful.

DC Comics wanted to run a story in Action Comics about Superman’s search for his home world, but they wanted to do it right. A staffer reached out to astrophysicist and all around fantastic guy Neil deGrasse Tyson for some assistance. They may not have expected what Tyson would do next though: he used real world science to figure out an actual location for Krypton.

More specifically, he used information from DC and determined that “the “real” Krypton is in the Corvus constellation, about 27.1 light years from Earth, orbiting the red dwarf star LHS 2520.” The NY Post points out that the distance apparently coincides with the age Superman is supposed to be in the comics. If you want to check it out yourself it can be viewed at right ascension 12 hours, 10 minutes, 05.60 seconds, and declination 15 degrees, 04’ 15.66.

Tyson gets to share this information with Superman himself in Action Comics #14; you can see a peek at his character in the image above. It hits stands this Wednesday, November 7.

(NY Post via The Mary Sue)