Growing up with an avid interest in astronomy, it was disappointing that there were no television shows about the universe. Oh sure, there was “Nova” and other shows, but they didn’t have the heart or sense of wonder that “Cosmos” had. “Cosmos” was an award winning television show by astronomer Carl Sagan which took the viewer on a journey across the stars, and back into our own world. Who are we? What’s out there? Where did we come from? Where are we going? For 1980, these questions were profound. Coming out of the age of disco, Watergate and the oil crisis, watching an hour long show about the universe was special, and there hasn’t been a show on television since that has captured the sense of wonder, excitement, and freedom of the human spirit that “Cosmos” did. “Cosmos” also had a beautiful soundtrack with works by Vangelis, Synergy (Larry Fast), Tomita, and classical composers Pachelbel and Vivaldi. It was the soundtrack to this television show that introduced me to electronic music.
Science fiction stories about time travel will have to stay fictional, at least for now. Scientists at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology released a statement proving that a single photon cannot go faster than the speed of light. This has been a theory since Albert Einstein said that the speed of light is a universal “speed limit”, but now it seems to be a fact.
As a young American with a fascination for astronomy, I felt proud that our country led the space race. I would lie on the roof of my house and gaze up at the stars and think that our country would be the first to go up there, beyond where we are now. If you look at the sky at the right time of night when the sky is black but the sun’s light still bounces off the satellites overhead, you would see the slow-moving testaments to the work our country has done.
This was sent to us by our friend @Azyxa. It’s the Imperial March from “The Empire Strikes Back” being played on a floppy drive’s stepper motor. All I can say is: impressive….most impressive.
Star Trek is the ultimate geek show. Combining science fiction with gadgets and tech, it has become the de facto standard by which all other shows are compared against. In 1966, the technology used in the show seemed far beyond what could be made in the real world. In fact, some people didn’t even have color televisions to watch the show on, nor had we made it to the moon yet. Today, we’re starting to catch up to some of the tech that Star Trek had pioneered.