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nativefemboy:

thartist72:

“In 2002, having spent more than three years in one residence for the first time in my life, I got called for jury duty. I show up on time, ready to serve. When we get to the voir dire, the lawyer says to me, “I see you’re an astrophysicist. What’s that?” I answer, “Astrophysics is the laws of physics, applied to the universe—the Big Bang, black holes, that sort of thing.” Then he asks, “What do you teach at Princeton?” and I say, “I teach a class on the evaluation of evidence and the relative unreliability of eyewitness testimony.” Five minutes later, I’m on the street. A few years later, jury duty again. The judge states that the defendant is charged with possession of 1,700 milligrams of cocaine. It was found on his body, he was arrested, and he is now on trial. This time, after the Q&A is over, the judge asks us whether there are any questions we’d like to ask the court, and I say, “Yes, Your Honor. Why did you say he was in possession of 1,700 milligrams of cocaine? That equals 1.7 grams. The ‘thousand’ cancels with the ‘milli-’ and you get 1.7 grams, which is less than the weight of a dime.” Again I’m out on the street.”

powerful Black Science Man

nativefemboy:

thartist72:

“In 2002, having spent more than three years in one residence for the first time in my life, I got called for jury duty. I show up on time, ready to serve. When we get to the voir dire, the lawyer says to me, “I see you’re an astrophysicist. What’s that?” I answer, “Astrophysics is the laws of physics, applied to the universe—the Big Bang, black holes, that sort of thing.” Then he asks, “What do you teach at Princeton?” and I say, “I teach a class on the evaluation of evidence and the relative unreliability of eyewitness testimony.” Five minutes later, I’m on the street.

A few years later, jury duty again. The judge states that the defendant is charged with possession of 1,700 milligrams of cocaine. It was found on his body, he was arrested, and he is now on trial. This time, after the Q&A is over, the judge asks us whether there are any questions we’d like to ask the court, and I say, “Yes, Your Honor. Why did you say he was in possession of 1,700 milligrams of cocaine? That equals 1.7 grams. The ‘thousand’ cancels with the ‘milli-’ and you get 1.7 grams, which is less than the weight of a dime.” Again I’m out on the street.”

powerful Black Science Man

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Hey, all 1838 of you! Thanks so much for joining the party over here and for giving Dr. deGrasse Tyson so much love! It is the highest ranking of our Crushes so far. And he’s one of our highest ranking posts overall—not quite up there with the quote about “friendzoning,” which is the highest one—but it’s definitely up there. (Would any of you believe me if I said I meant to post it on my personal Tumblr?:-))

I’m glad you’re digging our foray into these woods and, please, stay longer!

The dude under the sideburns and ‘fro in this photo 

eventually became this man, our Crush Of The Week.

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson does with science—specifically the Universe—for the general audience what Bill Nye the Science Guy does with science for the ‘tween set: makes it accessible, if not fun. At the same time, Dr. Tyson gets major props from his academic cohorts in the physics and astrophysics communities for the work he does, though sometimes the public may not appreciate his upending what they’ve been taught, like the idea that Pluto isn’t the ninth planet in this solar system. (He blames this on the confluence of the discovery of Pluto in 1930 and Walt Disney creating the cartoon character of Pluto the same year.) 

The Manhattan-born, Bronx-reared son of a housewife-turned-gerontologist mother and sociologist father, Dr. Tyson stated he felt “called by the Universe” to be its pupil when he visited the Hayden Planetarium when her was a child. He studied astrophysics at the Bronx High School of Science (a public school that he’s shouted out in interviews and lectures), got his undergrad degree in physics at Harvard, and got his master’s degree and PhD in astrophysics from Columbia University. 

And the Universe has paid him well and in many ways for being its pupil and teaching others about it: he has several books; hosted PBS’ NOVA scienceNOW; earned several honorary degrees; appeared on shows as The Daily Show, The Colbert Report (and even got shouted out by Colbert in his book, I Am America (And So Are You), Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, The Rachel Maddow Show, and Stargate Atlantis. Oh yeah: he was voted “Sexiest Astrophysicist” by People Magazine and got an asteroid named after him

And Dr. Tyson stays teaching: among other things, he returned to the place where he received his calling as the director of the Hayden Planetarium and has the radio show/podcast StarTalk, where he joshes with performers while dropping knowledge on them—and us—on the everything that is the Universe. 

tumblrpigeon:

the-star-stuff:

Neil deGrasse Tyson is behind the only major technical change in theTitanic re-release

It took James Cameron 60 weeks to prepare Titanic for its rerelease, but apart from remastering the original at 4k resolution and converting it to stereoscopic 3D, nothing about the movie has really changed.

Well, almost nothing.

According to Cameron: “Neil deGrasse Tyson sent me quite a snarky email saying that, at that time of year [April 15, at 4:20 am], in that position in the Atlantic in 1912, when Rose is lying on the piece of driftwood and staring up at the stars, that is not the star field she would have seen.”

“And with my reputation as a perfectionist, I should have known that and I should have put the right star field in. So I said ‘All right, send me the right stars for that exact time and I’ll put it in the movie.’”

So Tyson did just that, and Cameron re-shot the scene. According to the Telegraph , it is the only major technical change in the film’s re-release.

Like a boss

I love it!