After several years of being kicked around, science is back in a big way, and boy do we like it.
This Sunday, a reboot of the nerd-classic '80s PBS show Cosmos made its triumphant return to TV. The show was backed and executive produced by Seth MacFarlane (yes, that Seth MacFarlane) and aired simultaneously on networks associated with Fox (yes, that Fox), including the National Geographic Channel, FX, Fox Sports 1 and 2, and Fox's main broadcast channel. Using gee-whiz special effects, it introduced the masses to important scientific discoveries, while reveling in the mighty awesomeness of our universe. Oh, and it was introduced by President Obama.
In related news, "I F*cking Love Science," the cheeky and wildly popular Facebook page, will be getting its own TV show spin-off on the Science Channel. It too has a big-name executive producer: TV host Craig Ferguson, who said in a statement:
Science has a naughty secret — it’s that all things are connected. And this show is going to explore the randomness of science. Think of it as a late night Google search that goes a hundred pages deep until things get weird — and then you just keep going.
We love geeky Google-search rabbit holes! Sign us up. And you know what else we love? Anything involving smart-ass people examining the world/universe through science. Here are a few more faves, because what can we say? We're on a nerd high.
Radiolab: An NPR podcast that makes complex scientific ideas, from colors to speed, super-accessible and fun. There's even the occasional live show. (Yes, I went to one, and yes, it was amazing.)
Women @ NASA: How could you not love a site devoted to the fierce and fabulous ladies who work for the nation's premier scientific organization? While we're at it, here are a few other awesome sites devoted specifically to ladies in science: IWasWondering.org, EngineerGirl.com, GirlyGeekdom.com.
Read, listen, watch, learn, delight! SCIENCE!
Image of the Andromeda galaxy (!!): NASA