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My favorite space documentaries

 

I was never a fan of space movies back in my childhood days. Things have changed a lot ever since I’ve managed to find some catchy documentaries that actually explain real phenomena in simple terms that I can actually understand. If you’re like me, a newbie in this area and you feel the urge to spend some free days zapping the TV, I’ve got a list of suggestions that you might find appealing.

If you’re into telescopes and you are a big fan of the Hubble Space Telescope, you can’t miss out The Age of Hubble. This short documentary features incredible images captured by all sorts of telescopes that were transmitted to scientists right after the Hubble was launched into Earth orbit back in 1990.

Another captivating space documentary is one that explores the invention of math, called Decoding the Universe: The Great Math Mystery. Now, I know you probably hated math in highschool and I understand this issues completely, but this ‘must-see’ piece tries to explain the great mystery of math and other interesting things. Check it out, especially if you have kids. They might start doing their homework on time afterward.

Those of you that like viewing breath-taking sceneries in addition to interviews and sayings will appreciate most Journey to the Edge of the Universe. The documentary enables the audience to engage in a trip to the edge of the Cosmos and provide details about its nature.

People that never heard of Stephen Hawking most likely have lived under a rock their entire life. Fortunately, you can still learn about him and his precious discoveries from this excellent art piece entitled Stephen Hawking’s Universe. One of the most acclaimed scientists ever lived, Hawking, tells us his insights regarding the Universe and many mind-blowing ideas regarding aliens and time travel. Plus, the episode The Story of Everything features fascinating graphics and explanations besides great storylines and cool cinematography. If you have some time to spare, do yourself a favor and watch the entire mini-serie.

We all love Morgan Freeman movies and we all recognize his voice from the very first second. In addition to action and drama genre, Freeman gave us a splendid documentary, Through the Wormhole, that was awarded multiple times for its unique way of exploring the deepest mysteries of this Universe. If you decide to give it try, you’ll be mesmerized with the explanations given by renowned scientist that answer all of your questions related to the beginning of life, quantum physics, astrophysics and so much more. The best part is that we have Morgan Freeman on our side trying to offer us a simplified version about these dense subjects.

Archeology books you should give a shot

Not everyone is a naturally born historian or archeologist, and so it might be challenging to get the perfect book for a person who is passionate about these two subjects, but hasn’t experienced with any of them. If you’re getting the book for yourself, the matter is way simpler than if you are trying to purchase one for a friend.

The problem is that not all archeology books are made to be fun. If you’d rather read something that relates to archeology but doesn’t take you through all of the processes and intricate mysteries that the science might not make available for everyone, perhaps you’d enjoy a book written by Agatha Christie. Believe it or not, I am not referring to the many mysteries that the lady has published. My recommendation does not involve Monsieur Poirot or Miss Marple.

The book is called Come, Tell Me How You Live and it details some of the adventures of the couple Christie and Mallowan. I don’t know if you are aware of this, but Agatha’s first husband left her for another woman and then for many years, the writer was single. Her second husband was Max Mallowan, a world-known archeologist who spent a lot of his time in Syria and Iraq. In her autobiography, Christie talks about how Mallowan realized she would be the perfect wife for him. They happened to be left stranded in the middle of the desert, and instead of panicking, she simply went on to the other side of the car, got in the shade, and started dozing off.

If you’d prefer something a bit more romantic, I would recommend The Woman on The Orient Express, which is a story of three ladies, one of which is Agatha Christie herself. They all travel to Baghdad where they have some adventures. So, in a way, archeology plays a smaller part in this novel, but it’s still there, nonetheless.

1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus is another book that I warmly recommend, and that’s because it contains several shocking truths. It is regrettable that most Americans seem to think that Indians were scattered all over the Americas when they were discovered by the Europeans. In fact, their culture was far more advanced than we would believe. Indians were doing things like landscaping and manipulating the environment for their purposes. This book tells you all about the native cultures of North and South America before Columbus.

Another book you might want to try out is After the Ice: A Global Human History 20,000-5000 BC, by Steven Mithen. If you’ve ever asked yourself just what happened to humans following the last ice age, perhaps this work might be able to give you some answers.

 

 

3 science books for people who are not tech-savvy

 

 

I have never been a huge fan of science fiction, and that’s because I didn’t really come in contact with this genre until I was past the age of 25. I’ve tried my share of Philip K. Dick and Ursula K. Le Guin, but I have always felt like the characters and their actions are always out of context. How should I understand the rules of a completely imaginary world if I don’t become acquainted with its basics?

That’s why I always loathed SF books that start off like the author was in the middle of a sentence when he or she suddenly decided to write a book. An author that I haven’t tried my luck with is H.G. Wells, and I am somehow under the impression that his books were better compared to what’s being published today.

I prefer reading about science instead. As I have little to no knowledge of physics and other domains of this sort, I’ve always been a tad wary when it comes to trying out new titles. I’m going to tell you about three books that have left a mark on me, though.

The World Without Us by Alan Weisman is one of the first apocalyptic books I’ve ever read. The plot is rather simple, in that it deals with New York City after every human on the planet has disappeared. I remember seeing a documentary on YouTube a couple of years ago about the same scenario. In short, there wouldn’t be too many things left of us after a while; there would be dangers lurking in the dark and at every corner. Predators have no means of thriving these days, but that’s only because of us. If you have no patience when it comes to reading, I suggest seeing the documentary as it’s definitely impactful.

The Coming Plague by Laurie Garrett is another recommendation I have to make. It came out long before any zombie-related trend, and it deals with infectious diseases and the way they are transmitted. The term is, in fact, emerging diseases; these can affect the entire human population or its development in certain areas.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot is the last book I am going to suggest reading if you are into science, but you are not particularly tech-savvy. Lacks was an African-American woman whose cells were preserved by scientists and experimented upon. Most of cancer and radiation research, gene mapping, and vaccine development of our days are based on those first cells from Henrietta Lacks. The woman was a poor tobacco farmer who had no idea that her cells had been taken from her in such a way.

I hope that this post has helped you and that you’ve learned something new.

Devices that can pique your kid’s interest in science

 

 

The trouble with technology these days is that it does little to nothing when it comes to teaching kids the way things work. Most of the gadgets that we buy for ourselves or for the other members of our family we take for granted, in that you’re probably not going to ask yourself how that tablet that you use for reading every evening was made out.

If we take all of these devices for granted, we learn nothing from the many years that have defined us as a civilized species. I’ve always wondered what sort of experiments and devices we can use to help kids understand the basics of science. Of course, it would be idealistic to think that all children have an interested for this domain, and that’s because it proves to be way too complicated for individuals who are more into areas such as the arts, music, literature, and others of this sort.

It goes without saying that one of the first things you ought to do is learn as much as you can about your child. Try to understand whether he or she is passionate about sci-fi, space exploration, paleontology, history, collectibles, or anything else. Believe it or not, all of these domains have something in common and I’ll tell you what it is. Some examples range from telescopes to microscopes, be they basic or complex.

When your child is still growing up and it would be too difficult for him or her to grasp the workings of optics, I would recommend getting a pair of kidnoculars or just the most basic telescope that you can get your hands on. This way, the child won’t be put off by a more advanced model once you decide that he or she is prepared to handle new and exciting challenges.

 

Microscopes are extremely convenient and versatile, in my opinion. While most people tend to think that they are strictly used for looking at the tissue and cells in biological samples, I would say that they can be used for a wide array of purposes.

Depending on their design, you can utilize them for examining coins, jewelry pieces, watch components, perform some SMD soldering, or any other activity that requires detailed work. Some units are portable, as is the case of handheld USB microscopes. I wouldn’t typically recommend getting one of these, despite the fact that they are particularly easy to use.

They rarely come with high-quality optics as they are not made out of glass. However, in certain situations or when the person using the microscope has little to no experience, as would be the case with a child, USB microscopes can be worth investing in.

 

 

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