Why we need to go back to Mars – Joel Levine

In this talk, planetary scientist Joel Levine shows some intriguing — and puzzling — new discoveries about Mars: craters full of ice, traces of ancient oceans, and compelling hints at the presence, sometime in the past, of life. He makes the case for going back to Mars to find out more. (Filmed at TEDxNASA.)

via TED Education.


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whiz·bang [adj. hwiz-bang]

one that is conspicuous for noise, speed, excellence, or startling effect
first-rate; topnotch

What does the blog’s title mean?  It means we’re on the lookout for—and sharing—the most intriguing, fun, entertaining and evocative content we can find on the web.

Sensibilities vary, but we’ll do our best to make our feed items fairly family and work friendly.  This blog presumes an audience of adults, not children, however.  Be advised that links might sometimes include a swear word.  And some humorous content may be frowned upon by particularly rigid personality types.  Otherwise you shouldn’t have to worry about anything outrageously out of line.

This is a blog about the creative pastime of using tools such as StumbleUpon, Tumblr, Digg, et al., to create a neverending supply of interesting new web content.  To illustrate the concept, I’ve compiled stuff from a wide variety of sources that I think is fascinating, funny, thought-provoking, educational, helpful, or elicits an expletive of amazement.  The cream of the crop is assembled on our Whizbang! Favorites page.

We’re going to explore ways of bringing different platforms together and organizing all of that content.  We’ll show you how to construct a personalized webpage to access all your feeds.

Websurfers who like to tinker should be right at home here.  If you’re not particularly adept at using the computer, we’ll try to simplify things for you with easy-to-follow how-tos.

There are different ways to bring web content gathering resources together.  I’m just showing one particular way, but there are a number of options depending on the tools that one prefers.  I encourage reader to submit suggestions about how to go about it.  Accordingly, I’ll spotlight similar pages or sites that other folks have made in this vein.

In time, hopefully we’ll grow a community of people interested in discussing and sharing about this hobby of mining the riches of the web and custom-organizing it using all the various apps and platforms at our disposal.  Even just a handful of people with smart, creative ideas on this subject can enrich the experience of a great many other websurfers out there.  So indulge a hobby you enjoy to begin with, and pay forward the benefits by sharing what you know!

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