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Cosmos a Spacetime Odyssey Episode 7 “The Clean Room”

Cosmos a Spacetime Odyssey  episode 7 “The Clean Room” airs Sunday, April 20 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox. Episode Synopsis:  Cosmos a Spacetime Odyssey Episode 7 “The Clean Room” – To determine the true age of the Earth, geochemist Clair Patterson (guest voice Richard Gere) developed the uranium-lead dating method to make an unprecedented discovery – calculating Earth’s age of 4.5 billion years. But Patterson’s groundbreaking discoveries were just beginning. Patterson made it his mission to draw public attention to the detrimental effects of lead in the environment and dedicated his career to fighting against the petroleum and chemical industry, eventually achieving public health’s biggest victory of the 20th century in the all-new “The Clean Room” episode of COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY airing Sunday, April 20 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX and Monday, April 21 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on Nat Geo. Read More... http://www.tvequals.com/2014/04/20/cosmos-spacetime-odyssey-episode-7-clean-room/

Cosmos a Spacetime Odyssey Episode 6 “Deeper, Deeper, Deeper, Still”

Cosmos a Spacetime Odyssey  episode 6 “Deeper, Deeper, Deeper, Still” airs Sunday, April 13 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox. Episode Synopsis:  Cosmos a Spacetime Odyssey Episode 6 “Deeper, Deeper, Deeper, Still” – The Ship of the Imagination ventures on an epic voyage to the bottom of a dewdrop to explore the universe on the smallest scale and observe exotic life forms invisible to the naked eye. Then, host Neil deGrasse Tyson explains the neural network in our brains which determine our sense of smell and memory, and later, he travels deep beneath the surface of the Earth to discover the most mysterious particle we know in the all-new “Deeper, Deeper, Deeper, Still” episode of COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY airing Sunday, April 13 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX and Monday, April 14 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on Nat Geo. Read More... http://www.tvequals.com/2014/04/13/cosmos-spacetime-odyssey-episode-6-deeper-deeper-deeper-still/

TV ratings: 'The Good Wife' rises Sunday with NCAA assist, 'Resurrection' dips

Fast National ratings for Sunday, March 30, 2014"The Good Wife" saw its ratings improve Sunday, a week after it suddenly killed one of its main characters. The CBS show drew some of its best numbers of the season, pending updates for live NCAA basketball that pushed the network's primetime schedule back 20 minutes in Eastern and Central time.Not pictured in these ratings: the season finale of "The Walking Dead," which will just about certainly beat everything on the broadcast networks. Opposite that at 9 o'clock, ABC's "Resurrection" and FOX's "Cosmos" both dropped, as did "Believe" on NBC. CBS scored 11.7 million viewers and a 7.3 rating/12 share in households for the night, pending updates. ABC (6.45 million, 3.9/6) came in second, and NBC (3.9 million, 2.5/4) edged FOX (3.5 million, 2.0/3) for third.CBS also took the adults 18-49 crown with a 2.3 rating. ABC finished second with a 1.8, followed by FOX, 1.5, and NBC,... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2014/03/tv-ratings-the-good-wife-rises-sunday-with-ncaa-assist-resurrection-dips.html

'Cosmos' episode 4: Speed, size and black holes in 'A Sky Full of Ghosts'

"Cosmos" would like you to know that the universe is big, fast and really weird. That's basically what "A Sky Full of Ghosts" is about. Considering that the "ghosts" in question are observations of stars whose light has traveled for hundreds and thousands of years, astronomy is essentially seeing into the past. Which is pretty cool. Other cool things are in the recap below.Congratulations! You are the center of the universe! (kind of)Thanks to the Big Bang Theory and the idea that light has a definite and limited speed, you can now tell your parents that you are, in fact, the center of the universe. Just don't tell them that they are too. Every place in the universe actually appears to be the center and everything is moving away from every point. What comes before/further than the 13.4 billion-light-years-away starlight? According to most theories, that's pretty much it: The beginning of time and the... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2014/03/cosmos-episode-4-speed-size-and-black-holes-in-a-sky-full-of-ghosts.html

SideReel's Favorite Nerds

With the premiere of the riotously funny Silicon Valley , SideReel's editorial team got to thinking about our favorite TV nerds. Being of that disposition ourselves, we had a lot of very well-informed opinions, backed up by rigorously researched and tested evidence. But in the end, we had to pick just eight—and so we did. Think we missed yours? Sound off in the comments.   Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey  S1E4: A Sky Full of Ghosts Like everyone else in the world, the editorial team members are big fans of Neil deGrasse Tyson. Following in his mentor Carl Sagan's footsteps, he's bringing complex scientific concepts to the masses through storytelling, analogies, and mind-blowing graphics. The show isn't without controversy, but it's fascinating, and when Tyson makes physics personal, we can't help but want to be swept along for the ride.     The Big Bang Theory  S2E13: The Friendship Algorithm The best part of  The Big Bang Theory has always been Jim Parsons' portrayal of Sheldon Cooper: the brilliant, jittery, physicist who's also one of the most off-kilter straight men ever to be seen on TV. Throughout its long run, we've gotten plenty of great Sheldon episodes, but this one from midway through season two is the first time it really all coalesces. As the episode title implies, he creates an scientific process for making friends—with predictably zany results.    @midnight  S2E38: Nikki Glaser/Steve Agee/Kyle Kinane We'd be remiss if we didn't include the Nerdist himself, Chris Hardwick on this list. He'd already done more for today's nerdkind than almost anyone else, and then Comedy Central went and gave him his own nightly game show. As host, he gets comedians to riff on everything from the day's internet headlines, to emojii, Star Wars fan art, and Craigslist cosplay personals. It's on late (it starts, as Hardwick always announces, at 11:59 and 59 seconds), but it's making waves among TODAY'S YOUTH (and those of us on the cusp of olds-hood), and it's a good way to get in your daily recommended dose of belly laughs.   Breaking Bad  S1E1: Pilot Over the course of  Breaking Bad 's run, Walter White came to stand for many, many things, but rewatching the pilot is a good reminder that before he was The One Who Knocks, Heisenberg, meth kingpin of the American Southwest, and the best anti-hero, um, EVER, he was just a high school chemistry teacher; a nerd, if you will. He made science cool for Jesse Pinkman (for a little while at least), and he definitely lived the motto safety first when it came to cooking. What a role model!   The X-Files  S2E22: F. Emasculata If ever the divide between geek and nerd was on display, it was in the personas of Mulder and Scully. Mulder was the geek, Scully was the nerd. She had a rigorous scientific background (don't forget, she was a medical doctor!) and always came equipped with a gun and a hefty dose of skepticism—or at least she did before the show went off the deep end. In "F. Emasculata", her training is in full display as she tackles an unstoppable plague sweeping through a prison's population.    The Late Show with David Letterman  S21E31: February 27, 2014 We didn't have to pick this particular episode of  Letterman , but the inclusion of  the "Stupid Human Tricks" segment didn't hurt. A pioneer in the world of late night comedy, Letterman will be sorely missed when he steps down at the end of his current contract (Spring 2015). He brought a curiousity not present prior to his reign that's now a staple of late night shows. From "Will it Float?" to "Know Your Current Events" to the aforementioned "Stupid Human Tricks", there was always a burning desire to know something behind those fashionable spectacles. Whoever takes over the  Late Show throne will have to match that.   Firefly  S1E9: Ariel Thousands of gallons of digital ink have been metaphorically spilled discussing the merits and cancelation of this modern classic series, so please don't begrudge us adding a few more words. Simon Tam, like his sister, River, was a prodigy, the Doogie Howser of his time, even. Thankfully, he only used his unmatched scientific skills for good (or at least what passed for good in the ambiguous world of  Firefly ), and in "Ariel" we get to see the demons with which he wrestles, and just how much he'd have been able to accomplish if he'd been willing to play the game rather than going rogue.    Futurama  S5E10: The Farnsworth Parabox Good news! The last fantastic nerd on our list is Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth, citizen of Earth circa the year 3000. He's tenured at Mars University, is a perennial contender for the Nobel Prize, and he's definitely unparalleled at using his abilities to create insane things, like, for instance, a box containing another universe—in which his doppelganger has created a box which contains our universe. It hurts our brains, but that's why Farnsworth is in a league of his own.      Leah E. Friedman  is the editor of SideReel.com. Her nerd power is the complete recall of plots from 19-year-old episodes of Sliders . You can follow her musings on  Twitter .

Cosmos a Spacetime Odyssey Episode 5 “Hiding In The Light”

Cosmos a Spacetime Odyssey  episode 5 “Hiding In The Light” airs Sunday, April 6 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox. Episode Synopsis:  Cosmos a Spacetime Odyssey Episode 5 “Hiding In The Light” – The Ship of the Imagination travels back in time to reveal 11th century Europe and North Africa during the golden age of Islam, when brilliant physicist Ibn al-Haytham discovered the scientific method and first understood how we see, and how light travels. Later, William Herschel discovers the infrared and the signature hidden in the light of every star, eventually unlocking one of the keys to the cosmos in the all-new “Hiding in the Light” episode of COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY airing Sunday, April 6 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX and Monday, April 7 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on Nat Geo. Read More... http://www.tvequals.com/2014/04/06/cosmos-a-spacetime-odyssey-episode-5-hiding-in-the-light/

TV ratings: NCAA spillover boosts CBS; other networks down

Fast National ratings for Sunday, March 23, 2014It was a solid night for CBS, though the primetime numbers were boosted by spillover from the NCAA tournament game between North Carolina and Iowa State. It was not a good night for the other networks, as all of ABC's dramas were down by roughly a million viewers and NBC's new dramas "Believe" and "Crisis" each lost 1.5 million viewers over last week. "American Dream Builders" also debuted to a soft 3.6 million, down nearly 3 million viewers from "The Voice" clip show that air in that time period a week ago.The Eye network took the top slot in viewers with 10.3 million and a 6.5 rating/10 share in households, followed by ABC (7.1 million, 4.3/7), NBC (4.3 million, 2.7/4) and FOX (3.7 million, 2.1/3). CBS also won the adults 18-49 demographic with a 2.1 rating, followed by ABC at 1.9, FOX at 1.7 and NBC at 1.0.Sunday... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2014/03/tv-ratings-ncaa-spillover-boosts-cbs-other-networks-down.html

'Cosmos' episode 3: Flaming skulls and the Oort Cloud in 'When Knowledge Conquered Fear'

The "Cosmos" episode, "When Knowledge Conquered Fear," is basically about two things: comets and 17th-century scientists. Comets are really cool and not at all portents for doom. The scientists were often decidedly less cool, but they did figure out many things pertinent to comets.Baby stealing and flaming skullsYou might be excused if the beginning of this "Cosmos" episode confused you slightly. It begins with some poor baby left alone in a basket to look at the stars. While the baby is probably going, "Um, dude. Where's my mom? Why don't I get more than this blanket?," Neil deGrasse Tyson waxes poetic about pattern recognition and curiosity.After stealing the baby (briefly), Tyson points out that people have always liked to make star pictures (aka, constellations) in order to add regularity to their lives. Unfortunately, comets causes problems with this. That's why people were scared of them.And, considering how miserable life often was back in the... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2014/03/cosmos-episode-3-flaming-skulls-and-the-oort-cloud-in-when-knowledge-conquered-fear.html

Cosmos a Spacetime Odyssey Episode 4 “A Sky Full of Ghosts”

Cosmos a Spacetime Odyssey  episode 4 “A Sky Full of Ghosts” airs Sunday, March 30 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox. Episode Synopsis:  Cosmos a Spacetime Odyssey Episode 4 “A Sky Full of Ghosts” – Neil deGrasse Tyson sets off on the Ship of the Imagination to explore how light, time and gravity alter our perception of the universe. Travel back in time to 1809, when astronomer William Herschel (guest voice Stewart) observes how light plays tricks with time and gravity. Later, Tyson embarks on an exhilarating journey to the event horizon of a black hole in the all-new “A Sky Full of Ghosts” episode of COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY airing Sunday, March 30 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX and Monday, March 31 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on Nat Geo. Read More... http://www.tvequals.com/2014/03/29/cosmos-a-spacetime-odyssey-episode-4-a-sky-full-of-ghosts/

'Cosmos' episode 2: Life rules in 'Some of the Things That Molecules Do'

"Cosmos" episode 2, "Some of the Things That Molecules Do" leaves the stars in the dust and turns instead to life. DNA, evolution and dogs all get examined by Neil deGrasse Tyson and his imagination spaceship. 'This is a story about you and me and your dog.'Did you know that your puppy -- that slobbering, peeing bundle of lovable fur -- is super important to understanding evolution? Because it is. That's because dogs are a prime example of artificial selection and breeding.Once upon a time, you see, cavemen like Neil had to fend off wolves with fire. Then they offered the animals a bone instead, which was much better for everyone. Eventually, the bone-eating wolves were bred into dogs over the course of the past 30,000 years or so. And then we got pugs. Not even "Cosmos" can explain pugs.Along with dogs came farming and all sorts of domestication. Unless you just collect nuts... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2014/03/cosmos-episode-2-life-rules-in-some-of-the-things-that-molecules-do.html
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