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Kil
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Posted - 08/29/2010 :  19:06:54  Show Profile  Visit Kil's Homepage  Send Kil an AOL message  Send Kil a Yahoo! Message Send Kil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
At 10PM tonight is the premier of Bad Universe on the Discovery Channel. Phil Plait's new series.

Should have mentioned this already. Sorry I'm late on this. It's still almost three hours before it comes on here...

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Randy
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USA
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Posted - 08/29/2010 :  20:16:12   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Randy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm on rabbit ears here so I hope it will stream on the web sometime soon.

"We are all connected; to each other biologically, to the earth chemically, to the rest of the universe atomically."

"So you're made of detritus [from exploded stars]. Get over it. Or better yet, celebrate it. After all, what nobler thought can one cherish than that the universe lives within us all?"
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kytheskeptic
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USA
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Posted - 08/29/2010 :  20:22:44   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit kytheskeptic's Homepage  Send kytheskeptic an AOL message Send kytheskeptic a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I can't wait to download this! Urrmmm... Legally... yeah...
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Dave W.
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Posted - 08/29/2010 :  22:15:06   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I liked it. It's always good to see real science shows on the Discovery network instead of ghost hunting.

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filthy
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Posted - 08/30/2010 :  02:44:37   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send filthy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Damned good show! I liked Phil's style and the the way he blows stuff up in the name of science. I also liked the science. There was a lot that I'd never realized about asteroids and their potential effects.




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Kil
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USA
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Posted - 08/30/2010 :  07:04:21   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Kil's Homepage  Send Kil an AOL message  Send Kil a Yahoo! Message Send Kil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yeah. Fun show! Of course, explosions are part of the Discovery Cannel's formula, (see Mythbusters) but if it works and it brings in viewers, that's fine. The science is the thing...

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Ebone4rock
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Posted - 08/30/2010 :  07:29:37   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Ebone4rock a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Dave W.

I liked it. It's always good to see real science shows on the Discovery network instead of ghost hunting.


Whattaya mean? Ghost Hunting is science! They use EMF detectors and infrared cameras and everything!
Looks like science to me!

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filthy
SFN Die Hard

USA
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Posted - 08/30/2010 :  08:34:19   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send filthy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
PZ asks a question that scuttled through my mind as I watched it: just what the hell does Phil have against Sidney, anyway? It seems to be a perfectly presentable city. Better the asteroid should devastate the Earth with Washington D.C as ground zero.
Congratulations to Phil Plait!

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Posted on: August 29, 2010 11:20 PM, by PZ Myers

I just saw the premier of his new show, Bad Universe, and it was lots of fun…and he's a very entertaining host. I do have a few questions, though.

Why does he hate Sydney so much?

He was blowing things up right and left, and he was just talking about little rocks. What's he going to do when he has shows about black holes or supernovae?

What indeed? Can we look forward to bigger and better, sciencey explosions? Oh, I do hope so!




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Dave W.
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USA
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Posted - 09/04/2010 :  08:55:44   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
"Smells Like Mass Extinction" - Deconstructing Bad Universe

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Dave W.
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Posted - 10/06/2010 :  20:17:10   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The second episode aired tonight. It's about alien invasions.

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Badger
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Canada
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Posted - 10/11/2010 :  13:34:42   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Badger a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I liked the 1st episode.

Yes, there was a lot of blowing things up, but I found it different than Mythbusters, etc. due to the science dense nature of information presented (I mean, that comet making segment? 15 seconds and you know a hell of a lot about a comet!) in easily understandable ways!

I look forward to future episodes to see if this technique continues.

I also wonder how people who are less versed in science receive all this info presented.

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