“We’re blogging from a spectrum of sciences that help us understand ourselves, the world around us, and the universe.”
With that thought from astrophysicist and blogger Kai Martens, Curious Stardust began with a flourish last October. Since then, we’ve attracted more than 20,000 views with over 40 posts. Now the academic year is winding down, and so are we—but only temporarily. After a summer hiatus, we’ll be back in the fall with more news and insights from the frontiers of nanoscience, neuroscience and astrophysics.
Here we share some high points from our first year:
We explored the nanoscale health sensors of tomorrow; the probabilities and hurdles of human space exploration, and the promise that is inherent in understanding our own cognitive abilities. We looked closely at the universe, the known truths, and the mysteries that remain.
Our most visited post, with more than 5,000 views here and over 14,000 views on YouTube, was our live discussion about the space travel film Interstellar, followed by “What a Speech Disorder Reveals” by Seana Coulson; a second live discussion about “Science at the Oscars” and “Rocketing to the Red Planet” by Mandeep Gill.
There are a lot of great science discussions on the Internet, and our bloggers helped share in the conversation. In November we crafted our own science haiku, also known as #sciku. In January, Katie McGill began our campaign to connect with the #GirlsInSTEM and #WomenInSTEM movement.
In March we celebrated Pi Day, and paid homage to our other favorite constants. Then just last month, mentor Andrew Revkin got us involved in the #IAmAScientistBecause discussion. Reasons ranged from “I love exploring the laws of nature,” from Katie McGill and “I love games,” by Charles Siegal to “I want to know who I am,” from Kai Martens and (a bit jokingly), “I will achieve victory over all those who bullied me as a nerd back in junior high,” by Mandeep Gill.
Whatever your pursuits and wherever your curiosity leads you, we wish you a stimulating summer. And we’ll see you again in the fall, when we’re back to explore the laws of nature, play games, and figure out just who we are in the universe.
—Heather Sparks, Managing Editor
James Cohen, Director of Communications and Public Outreach, The Kavli Foundation
Elizabeth Bass, Director of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science