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We’ve previously featured an epic rap battle between Rick Grimes and Walter White, but the latest battle brings the science. It’s Sir Isaac Newton as played by Weird Al Yankovic vs fake Bill Nye in a battle of very scientific wits. Just when you think you know who’s winning, a cameo from fake Neil deGrasse Tyson changes everything. You can even purchase the song on iTunes and relive the battle again and again.

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Everybody’s favorite astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson was critical of Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, mainly because it featured a number of scientific inaccuracies. For their latest edition of Everything Wrong With Movies, CinemaSins called upon the host of Cosmos to throw a few fact-checking jabs at the star-studded (sorry) flick. He actually narrated portions of the 9-minute long YouTube video, and his points are, as expected, pretty thought-provoking. Tyson helped out with the video as part of his efforts to promote his podcast, Star Talk Radio.

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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.

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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.”

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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)