Science Talks

If you want to learn about science, space and astronomy the internet could be your best friend. The SETI Institute have their equivalent to TED Talks Science. Free science lectures not only about finding life in the universe but also about space exploration and astronomy in general. Great educational material by astronomers available for everyone. At the moment they have nearly 200 lectures.

SETI Institute: SETI Talks | Youtube channel

TED Talks Science

Not only are there lectures to watch, there are a few really good pod casts to listen to. Please check my Space News section where you find pod casts like these:

The Big Picture (also from the SETI Institute)

Planetary Radio

TMRO

And if you like to read there is of course the free online encyclopedia Wikipedia:

Space Portal | Astonomy Portal

Live science fiction adventure

It was ten years since I played Eve Online. I had to stop because it was time consuming, not for any other reason. It’s a very well made online game. You travel between solar systems and space stations, mining asteroids and fighting pirates or just exploring the universe. Instead of watching a sci-fi movies you’re living inside one. So why mentioning this old game? Because it’s still a great game and now it’s also free to play (that’s why I’m playing again). Free accounts have limitations but it will take you a while to experience them. The game has a learning curve too, but it’s worth the time to get to know this virtual universe and there is help to get online or in game.

So what is the game about? That is basically up to you. There will be a bit of mining asteroids but you can buy or sell things or turn into a pirate. If you’re at my age you will probably see the similarities with games like ELITE and Home world. Or maybe not, Eve Online is far more complex.

Link: Eve Online

Learn playing: EVE University UniWiki

For beginners: Brave Collective Wiki

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Was the Viking Fimbulwinter real?

Viking mythology says that there will be a long winter before Ragnarök, the end of the world. Long as three normal winters but with no summer in-between. After that winter there would be war. Maybe this Fimbulwinter really happened and inspired the mythology? In the year 536 there was a volcano eruption covering the sky and blocking the sun (and probably another eruption 540). Harsh years followed and crops failed. A lot of people died, not just in the Nordics. We’re just learning more about this event.

Smithsonian: Sixth-Century Misery Tied to Not One, But Two, Volcanic Eruptions

The Telegraph: Did American volcanos trigger the fall of the Roman Empire?

Wikipedia: Extreme weather events of 535-536 | Fimbulwinter | Caldera