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Virtually Speaking Science hosts Alan Boyle & IgNobel Prizes creator Marc Abrahams 6pm PST Wed Jan 4

January 4, 2012

Wednesday, Jan 4 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking Science | MSNBC’s Alan Boyle (Cosmic Log) talks with Marc Abrahams, creator of the Ig Nobel Prizes and editor of the Annals of Improbable Research, about the scientific findings from the past year that made us laugh … and then made us think. VS Science is produced in cooperation with MICA, the Meta Institute for Computational Astrophysics. Follow @b0yle @MarcAbrahams @ImprobResearch  Watch the 2011 Ig Nobels

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Alan Boyle’s Cosmic Log Ig Nobel post

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SciEye scopes the 1st MICA “Ask An Astronomer!” meeting

October 28, 2008

SPNN NEWS – Kira Cafe, Baikun Island, Second Life.

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Ask An Astronomer! at Kira Cafe
Ask An Astronomer! at Kira Cafe

MICA stands for Meta Institute for Computational Astrophysics, a professional scientific and educational, non-profit organization based in virtual worlds.  The new MICA Director, Prof. George Djorgovski of CalTech [SL: Curious George], who has just taken over from founder Piet Hut of IAS, Princeton [SL: Pema Pera] took questions for over an hour from a crowd of 17 avatars at the first “Ask An Astronomer!” session.  The 11 am PDT/SLT public astronomy hour will be every two weeks.

A dozen & a half avatars Asking an Astronomer

A dozen & a half avatars Asking an Astronomer

Much of the hour was spent on the shape of the universe, regions beyond observability, dark matter, and other large-scale issues.  George tried to get questions rephrased if he couldn’t clearly see what the questioner had in mind, and, although he’d reserved the right to say “I don’t know!” he usually had an at least partial answer for most of the inquiries once vocabularies had been translated from non-astronomer to practicing astronomer/astrophysicist and vice-versa.
Curious George)

Prof. George Djorgovski of CalTech (SL: Curious George)

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