Motivation Monday: Learning to Learn

There is no question that student debt is increasing.  Since 2000, student debt in North America has grown by over 500%.  Tuition goes up, cost of living goes up, and students end up with more debt.  This wouldn’t be a huge problem if wages and salaries increased proportionately, but they don’t.  There are also less jobs available for students when they graduate.  So basically the cost of everything is going up, and when you finish school you have little hope of getting a good job in your field, and even if you do, you certainly won’t be paid an appropriate...

The Coal Sack Nebula – Invisible and Everywhere

Is this a giant hole in space?  I show a picture similar to this as I ask this question to students and audiences that I host in my planetarium.  Most people answer that it is a black hole, or dark matter, or dark energy, or something strange like that.  But the amazing thing is that it is actually a thick cloud of dust that is opaque, letting no visible light from the distant stars pass through. The funny thing is that the cloud is transparent in infrared light, but in the visible spectrum it highlights something interesting about the universe:...