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When, Where, and How to See the 2017 Total Eclipse in Minnesota

Monday, August 21, will bring us the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in the United States in 99 years. While not incredibly uncommon generally—total solar eclipses can be seen from Earth every couple of years—this one is special to us, as it will cut diagonally across the entirety of the United States. Knowing the significance of this upcoming eclipse is one thing, but knowing the science behind it is another. For that, Twin Cities Geek turned to Evan Tyler, a...

How Five Minnesota Educators are Bringing NASA into Their Classrooms

Experiential learning and project-based learning are methods oft praised by teachers when it comes to creating lesson plans or poring over various curricula for their students. But these philosophies aren’t solely beneficial for students in the classroom—they’re also for teachers themselves. Enter NASA’s new Microgravity University, a program hosted out of the Johnson Space Center in Houston that aims to offer educators and undergraduate students the opportunity to “conduct science, engineering, mathematical and technological experiments in a simulated microgravity...

NASA’s Cassini Begins Its Grand Finale with a Grand Discovery

Beginning this month, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will begin its final journey, fatefully dubbed its Grand Finale. On April 26, Cassini will make the first of what should be several intrepid new orbits around Saturn that will ultimately result in 22 dives within the 2,400-kilometer gap between the planet and its innermost rings. Throughout these final orbits, the spacecraft will gather new pieces of information that will ideally reveal the inner composition of the sixth planet as well as the material...

Life Is the Latest in a Long Line of Bug Hunts

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: six people are trapped in one location with an implacable, unknowable, and unfeeling monster that eliminates them one by one while they struggle to understand the lack of empathy and meaning in our cold, lifeless universe. That’s right—I’m talking about The Bachelorette! That scenario would also, I suppose, describe any haunted-house or psycho-killer horror movie shot in the last 40 years. Make the location a spaceship and the monster from another planet...

Hidden Figures Reminds Us That Black Women Are Important, Period

In 2011, a friend of mine had passes to see The Help and asked if I wanted to go and see the movie with her. I took one look at the poster and said, “No thank you.” After hearing the glowing reviews of the movie, I contemplated giving it a shot, but I couldn’t shake the feeling of dread that gnawed at the pit of my stomach. In 2013, movie reviewers tackled 12 Years a Slave. They said it...

Throwback Thursday: Jumping in the Way Back Machine to Watch Flight of the Navigator

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. In 1982, the world was thrilled by the adventures of a boy and his alien, who just wanted to phone home. In 1986, audiences of a much smaller variety got to watch the adventures of an alien and his boy, who just wants to go home. I’m talking about...

MN Fringe 2015: Everybody Wants You to Live

The 2015 Minnesota Fringe Festival runs Thursday, July 30, through Sunday, August 9, and features nearly 175 theater, dance, and other experimental performances. All shows are 60 minutes or shorter and are being hosted at 25 venues throughout Minneapolis. On a summer night disgusting enough to (almost) make me wish for the frigid Minnesota winter, I climbed the steps of the Rarig Center at the University of Minnesota to watch Everybody Wants You to Live, one of the selections...
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