An Open Letter to the President: US physics education is crap. Let's…

Henry Reich — creator, illustrator and narrator of Minute Physics — has a message for the President. America's educational standards for physics, he argues, provide a surprisingly dated and incomplete introduction to the world of physics. A lot has happened in the field since 1865; shouldn't some basic knowledge of… » 11/14/12 2:00pm 11/14/12 2:00pm

Pennsylvania high school is shaped like the Millennium Falcon

Parkland High School in Allentown Pennsylvania bears an odd resemblance to Han Solo's smuggling ship. But instead of doing the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs, it circles the sun in 365 days and change. According to school officials, the resemblance is completely coincidental. » 4/14/12 5:00pm 4/14/12 5:00pm

Neil deGrasse Tyson recounts his first meeting with Carl Sagan

Here's some seriously uplifting material to kick off your weekend. Turns out that when Neil deGrasse Tyson was applying to colleges in high school, Carl Sagan made an outstanding effort to make him feel especially at home at Cornell University, where he taught. » 9/30/11 6:00pm 9/30/11 6:00pm

In the webcomic Friends With Boys, a homeschooler finds high school…

After years of homeschooling, Maggie is ready for her first day of public school. But can she survive the hallways of high school? Will she make any friends? And why does that ghost keep following her around? » 8/27/11 10:00am 8/27/11 10:00am

Theater Geeks to Study Warp Cores and Prime Directive

Never ones to shy away from scifi references, L.A. architects have now moved on from Battlestar Galactica to Star Trek. Just as we'd learned to love Tom Mayne's Caltrans intergalactic dreadnought, HMC Architects/Coop Himmelblau serve up an homage to Starfleet Academy with their design for the somewhat ominously named… » 11/16/07 10:30am 11/16/07 10:30am