In one of his first acts as President, Joe Biden will be elevating the head of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy into a cabinet-level position, and he's chosen a geneticist to be the first Secretary.
There are a couple of ways you can donate your computer's downtime, or unused CPU power, to benefit science. One way is SETI @ Home, which is a scientific experiment based at UC Berkeley that uses internet-connected computers to search for extraterrestrial intelligence. You just install it on your computer, kind of like a screen saver. Whenever you're not actively using the computer, it will work to analyze radio signals they're collecting. Find out more at setiathome.berkeley.edu
"Cosmos," Carl Segan's epic PBS science television series about the universe returns to TV tonight on Fox at 9pm. Leo's very excited about it because Dr. Neil Degrasse Tyson is the new host.
Studio engineer John Slanina is a big fan of APOD (Astronomy Picture of the Day), which offers a different photograph of our universe along with a brief explanation written by professional astronomers. The site turned 18 on Sunday, June 16.
Visit APOD at http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html.
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