The good people at NOVA have been running a web-only series called The Secret Life of Scientists, a series of short films highlighting science and engineering stars talking about some aspect of their lives both in and outside of science. The most recent of the featured scientists is Colbert Report frequent guest and NFZ favorite Neil deGrasse Tyson. The fourth video, “10 Questions for Neil,” is of special interest to us because he answers the all-important question “Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert?” It also features a snippet of one of my favorite Fallback Position segments, Stephen learning how to be an astrophysicist. There are three more videos in addition to the one below; make sure you head over to the Secret Life of Scientists web site to watch them all! I especially enjoyed the third video, “Living the Universe,” because Dr. Tyson discusses his cosmic tie collection, and why it’s “spaghetti-proof.” Hee!
And for some cosmic laughs, here’s the aforementioned Fallback Position video. I still say “ewww” every time I see Stephen lick that meteor!