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You found a planet!: Robert Simpson crowdsources scientific research and accelerates discovery at Zooniverse

You found a planet!: Robert Simpson crowdsources scientific research and accelerates discovery at Zooniverse

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  Scientific research is generating far more data than the average researcher can get through. Meanwhile, modern computing has yet to catch up with the superior discernment of the human eye. The solution? Enlist the help of citizen scientists. British astronomer and web developer Robert Simpson is part of the online platform Zooniverse, which lets more than one []

Deep and faint in the night sky: Andrew Connolly at TED2014

Deep and faint in the night sky: Andrew Connolly at TED2014

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Astronomer Andrew Connolly begins by telling us that in 1781, English composer, technologist and composer  Sir William Herschel noticed something unusual, a little bit of data that was wrong. This was the discovery of a new planet, Uranus. (“A name that has entertained countelss generations of children.”) Just last week NASA announced 517 new planets, almost doubled []

The moon’s path is full of thorns: Fellows Friday with Johnson Urama

The moon’s path is full of thorns: Fellows Friday with Johnson Urama

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Nigerian astronomer Johnson Urama wants to promote the future of astronomy in Africa by looking deep into history. With his African Cultural Astronomy Project, he is gathering the lost ancient astronomical traditions and stories of indigenous Africa, hoping to show modern Africans that the science of the skies is relevant to their past, present and future. []

6 talks to watch this Moon Day

6 talks to watch this Moon Day

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On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first human to walk on the moon. Moon Day is held every July 20 to commemorate this momentous feat. 43 years later, humanity is still looking to the sky, mesmerized by lunar bodies. However, it is not just Earth’s moon we’re studying anymore. With better satellites and []

TED Weekends listens to outer space

TED Weekends listens to outer space

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Honor Harger isn’t your typical artist. Or your typical astronomer. At the TEDSalon London Spring 2011, Harger shared how she brings these two seemingly unrelated disciplines together — the study of sound and the study of space — to record the songs of planets, moons and quasars.  Her talk is called “A history of the universe in []

New playlists: “Ancient clues,” “Planes, trains and automobiles” and “Are we alone in the universe?”

New playlists: “Ancient clues,” “Planes, trains and automobiles” and “Are we alone in the universe?”

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TED playlists are collections of talks around a topic, built for you in a thoughtful sequence to illuminate ideas in context. This weekend, three new playlists are available: “Ancient clues,” “Planes, trains and automobiles” and “Are we alone in the universe?” Ancient clues Five fascinating talks by archaeologists and evolutionary biologists about humanity’s beginnings and []