Super Science Friendsis an action-packed animated series starring a team of super-powered time-traveling scientists: Tesla, Freud, Marie Curie, Darwin, Tapputi, and Einstein. In 2014, Toronto’s Tinman Creative Studios successfully funded the pilot episode with the help of the Kickstarter community. Now they’re hoping to animate the next three chapters.
What does the future hold for our Super Science Friends? The team at Tinman gives us a peek. In “Episode 2: Electric Boogaloo,” Nikola Tesla will go head-to-head with Thomas Edison, who’s stealing the world’s supply of electricity. “Episode 3: Freudian Sleep” will find Sigmund Freud battling Carl Jung, the Master of Dreams, inside Freud’s own subconscious. And in “Episode 4: Nobel of the Ball,” Marie Curie must fight Nazis to retrieve the world’s Nobel Prizes.
Albert Einstein the brilliant German-Jewish physicist was pantheist, one might even say a “lapsed atheist”. He was an atheist as a young man and only came to pantheism in old age. He saw what other great thinkers such as Giordano Bruno, Baruch Spinoza, Richard Feynman and Carl Sagan saw. That is that even though there may not be a deity pulling the strings that there was “something there”. Some kind of organizing force behind life.
We can call this Brahman, the Oversoul, the Paramatman or just the One
. “The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion. It should transcend personal God and avoid dogma and theology. Covering both the natural and the spiritual, it should be based on a religious sense arising from the experience of all things natural and spiritual as a meaningful unity.”
You probably don’t take too much time out of your day to stop and think about how important the chemical benzene is to your life, but it did revolutionize the production of things like cars, rubber, fuel, leather clothing, and other items that Fonzie couldn’t do without. Benzene also served as a primary component of explosives during World War I. It’s used for everything, is what we’re saying, so figuring out how to make it was kind of a big deal.
That brings us to Friedrich August Kekule von Stradonitz, who in the mid-1800s was the closest thing that science had to a rock star. Some would attribute this to his ridiculously pretentious-sounding name, while others would probably point to his discovery of the founding principles of chemical structure, a discovery that was very much the “Stairway to Heaven” of its day.
Kekule was looking for his next big challenge: For several years, scientists had been trying to crack the molecular structure of benzene because, again, they were pretty sure it could change the world. However, every configuration of molecules that they tried didn’t work for a variety of science reasons, a problem that Kekule soon ran into during his own experiments. That is, until he had help from a dream about motherfucking snakes.
Ask Ethan: How fast do gravitational waves travel?
“A gravitational ripple must also travel through the expanding Universe, will also travel at the speed of light through space (whether that space is expanding, contracting or static), and will have its wavelength stretched the exact same way photons have theirs stretched. Gravitational waves “ride” the fabric of space the same way water waves “ride” the surface of the water; if you have a rock fall into a river, the ripples don’t just move radially outward; they move outward and get carried by the current downstream.”
The Only Known Photo of Einstein Blackboarding E = mc 2
Einstein offered a series of public lectures throughout his career. At one lecture, which was given in Pittsburgh in 1934, Einstein mathematically derived his mass-energy equivalence equation (aka E=mc^2). What you see above is an image taken at this lecture.
It is believed to be the only remaining photo that shows Einstein working on this derivation.
The photo was found by David Topper and Dwight Vincent of the University of Winnipeg. They revealed the image back in 2007, after they uncovered it in a halftone newspaper.
The equation can be seen in the right blackboard in the lower left hand corner. As you can tell, the image is rather blurry and hard to see. So many of you may need to save the image and zoom in on your computer in order to really see the formula.
Notably, the equation says ΔE0=Δm and E0=m instead of the expected E=mc2. However, before anyone voices concern, it is still the same, just in a slightly different form