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Neil DeGrasse Tyson describes the joys of zombie insect fungi and you

The highly-acclaimed recent video game release “The Last of Us” inspired a question to noted scientist and public intellectual Neil deGrasse Tyson on the StarTalk Radio show Friday. Could the real-life zombie fungus, Ophiocordyceps unilateralis, that infects some species of tropical ants turning them into “zombie insects” actually affect humans?…

Watch: Pathogens in the clouds and other disease facts with Neil deGrasse Tyson

Disease expert Laurie Garrett recently sat down with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and comedian Chuck Nice to answer some questions about pathogens. The deadliest plague in recorded human history, vaccinations and pathogens spread via clouds were among the topics covered in the “lightening round” on Star Talk Radio. Watch video,…

Watch: Trailer for Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Cosmos remake unveiled at Comic-Con

A trailer for astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson’s new documentary series COSMOS : A Spacetime Odyssey was unveiled at San Diego’s Comic-Con on Saturday. Like its 30-year-old predecessor, which featured astronomer Carl Sagan, the new COSMOS will explore the universe from the smallest microbe to the biggest galaxies. The reboot is…

Neil deGrasse Tyson on whether alien lifeforms have found Earth

If aliens discovered Earth, would humanity know about it? Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson weighed in on the topic in video uploaded to YouTube on Saturday by Business Insider. He joked that extraterrestrial life could have already shown up at New York City’s Times Square or San Diego’s Comic Con, but…

WATCH LIVE: Neil deGrasse Tyson moderates debate on ‘nothingness’

At the American Museum of Natural History on Wednesday, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson moderates a debate between prominent scientists and thinkers regarding the existence of nothing. Watch live video below: (Event starts at 7:30 p.m. ET.) Streaming Live by Ustream…

Neil deGrasse Tyson: The ‘invention of tomorrow’ absent in American culture today

Popular astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson on Monday lamented that American culture no longer had a culture of innovation that prized scientific and technological discoveries. Tyson noted on MSNBC that space exploration no longer captured American’s attention like it previously had. He blamed the lack of public interest on the lack…

Neil deGrasse Tyson: It was ‘creepy’ to become an internet meme

During a recent appearance on On the Verge, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson was asked by host Joshua Topolsky how it feels to be an internet meme, someone whose image appears in animated gifs and other contexts completely separate from his own identity. “Initially it was really weird and creepy,” Tyson…

Neil deGrasse Tyson: Partisan bickering tainted future of NASA

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson appeared Tuesday on The David Pakman Show to explain the politics of NASA and why private industries could not lead the frontier of space exploration. “NASA has always been political,” he said. “The difference is it is now partisan. That’s an important distinction. NASA was created…

Astrophysicist deGrasse Tyson schools former GM exec Lutz on climate change

Popular astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History Neil deGrasse Tyson schooled former vice-chairman of General Motors Bob Lutz on the reality of climate change during Friday night's edition of Real Time with Bill Maher. …

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