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Oh the misery


of snot.  Spring has sprung here. Well, it’s been springing for about a month now, what with the pear blossoms bustin’ out all over in early February and such.  And that means snot.  Fountains of it. Stupid allergies.  Stupid allergies that turn into full blown colds not two weeks apart.

Last night was when the snot started.  I had some fun thing planned with Zener, but no.  I was definitely not leaving the house, as I needed to stay within 2 meters of the electric tea kettle at all times.  (Aside: I first met electric auto shut-off tea kettles when I was an exchange student at the U of Edinburgh.  Most brilliant device ever!)  So instead of going to a concert of early music (my fave!) we hung out and watched many science videos.

Here are a few awesome selections:

Bots of Both Worlds in 3-D!!!!

Part of a series of videos produced by the fine folks at jet propulsion laboratory to promote the Spitzer Space telescope.  We’ve seen all of these, several times.  They’re so nerdily wonderful!  For more, click that link down there.


Ever wanted to know how special relativity is related to electromagnetism? With charged cat cartoon demos?  Sure you do!

And then we watched the new Cosmos with Neil deGrasse Tyson, and then we watched Nova’s recent show on alien worlds detected by Kepler.  So much awesome!