Science

‘Astrobiology and the search for Alien Life’ by Guest Author Professor Mike Summers of George Mason University

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Michael SummersTAEM – Could you expand upon your atmospheric studies as they have a direct relationship to what would effect explorers on other worlds and where we should look to discover life forms.

My research background is in the area of chemistry and dynamics of planetary atmospheres. I’ve worked extensively on the chemistry of the Earth’s middle atmosphere (stratosphere, mesosphere and lower thermosphere) and its chemical and dynamical response to solar effects and climate forcing. This work entails several topics related to ozone chemistry, the budget of the greenhouse gases such as water vapor, carbon dioxide and ozone, and the formation of Earth’s highest clouds – noctilucent clouds (also called polar mesospheric clouds PMCs, at around 80-85 km altitude). I’m also interested in the long-term changes in the atmosphere due to human activities, such as lower atmosphere global warming, upper atmosphere cooling, and middle and upper atmosphere weather. I’m a co-investigator on the AIM (Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere) satellite mission that is focused on the study of these high altitude clouds and how they respond to global change. The public website for this mission is at: http://aim.hamptonu.edu

I’ve also been involved in the New Horizons Pluto mission as a co-investigator: http://pluto.jhuapl.edu (more…)

‘Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: The Past, Present and Future Exploration of the Moon and Mars’ by Guest Author Dr. Harold A. Geller – George Mason University

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Professor-Gellers-TV-appearance-300x168When I think of all the dreams I had as a teenager, the one I recall best is the dream I had of human exploration of the Moon and Mars. I was visiting my cousin in Ventnor City, New Jersey in 1969, that fateful evening when Neil Armstrong took the first steps of any human on the surface of the Moon.

What is it that President Kennedy said about such an effort? He said that such a “space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind, or more important for the long-range exploration of space; and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish.” He also had said in that 1961 speech that “in a very real sense, it will not be one man going to the Moon; it will be an entire nation.” (more…)

‘Future Explorations in Space’ by author Joseph J. O’Donnell

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Enterprise1-640x353The Arts and Entertainment Magazine is about to embark on a series of articles involving Future Explorations in Space. We are hoping to involve all the scientists and college professors that have appeared in our Science section since its addition in our publication.

NASA has been gearing for this as other nations have now set future dates for trips to the Moon and Mars. In my article ‘Space- Our Manifest Destiny’ (click on to see article) which appeared in the Science section of our publication for July 24, 2013, I have been promoting the theory in a number of colleges that follow our magazine. I also hope that college students, led by their professors, can add to future articles as well. To have them participate in this series is the main purpose for its undertaking. (more…)

TAEM News Flash! Professor Harold Geller in the News!

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Professor Geller's TV appearanceWe recently learned that Dr. Harold Geller (click on to see the article), who we first interviewed in our December 15th, 2012 issue, has just published a new book. The book’s title is All the Secrets of the Universe and it is in large print. The book can be purchased on Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/All-Secrets-Universe-Harold-Geller/dp/1304808661/

Professor Geller, who teaches at George Mason University in Northern Virginia, has been very active lately and has appeared on television on The Road to Reason : The Skeptic’s Guide to the 21st Century. He stated that “You may be interested in knowing that this past Sunday, at 3PM, I was interviewed on a cable TV show on Channel 36 regarding the latest data from Antarctica relating to the inflationary epoch of the big bang theory.  Here’s a link to a portion of show on which I appeared (from minute 1:20-1:50 and 8:40-25:46 in video).” (more…)

TAEM News Flash! Professor Harold A. Geller in the News!

Monday, October 14th, 2013

GellerPhoto2-225x300   The Arts and Entertainment Magazine has just learned that Professor Harold A. Geller (click on to see article) who we interviewed in our December 15th, 2012 issue has just published a new book. Professor Geller, the director of George Mason University Telescope Observatory, has just released his new work, All the Secrets of the Solar System in Large Print, through Amazon and you can find it by clicking on the following link http://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Solar-System-Large-Print/dp/1304345300/  . (more…)

Hawking vs. Geller- Impact of Aliens Visiting Earth

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Geller2TAEM- The topic of an alien civilization arriving on earth is the stuff that Sci-Fi movies have been made of for a long time. Films like The Day the Earth Stood Still to Mars Attacks shows the full spectrum of what would be considered should that event ever occur. The truth of the matter has even been debated in the upper reaches of the greatest minds on this planet.

Scientist Stephen Hawking predicted that if Aliens ever visited the earth it would prove disastrous to the human civilization. He further stated the end results would similar to what had happened to the native people when Columbus landed in our western hemisphere. To challenge that theory Professor Harold Geller, of George Mason University in Virginia, has retrieved the gauntlet that was thrown down by Hawking.

Professor Geller, Stephen Hawking had further recommended that we should not even try to contact other civilizations in the cosmos. What would be the mistake with this, and would this gesture be too late ? (more…)

‘Space- Our Manifest Destiny’ by author Joseph J. O’Donnell

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

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Joseph O'Donnell

Joseph O’Donnell

As the publisher of The Arts and Entertainment Magazine & THE EERIE DIGEST I have always strived to extend our publications as a learning tool for students.  With Science at the forefront of this article, we have shared interviews with famous scientists and influential professors, and teachers, from around the world.

With the Fall 2013 classes about to begin, we will once again seek those learned individuals to share their knowledge with the many students who follow our publications for guidance towards their own careers.  I will also personally seek interviews with the icons of the space industry, as well  as the many famous personalities from the world of cinema who have sparked our imaginations in reaching for the Stars.

JOD/TAEM

Betelgeuse – A Red Giant with a Really Bright Future

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

GellerAtRotaryTalk3by Prof. Harold A. Geller of GMU

As we approach summer, one constellation you won’t be seeing in the night sky, is the well known Orion. The brightest star in the constellation Orion is commonly known as Betelgeuse. Actually, all stars are so far away that they are observed by our telescopes as points of light, not an object with height or breadth. However, in 1998, the Hubble Space Telescope, above the atmospheric jitter and fuzziness, captured a picture of Betelgeuse for the first time by an individual telescope.

Now when I say that a star is very far away, I am talking in terms of how long it would take light to reach us if it left the star today. In the specific instance of Betelgeuse, it takes light about 643 years to reach the Earth once it leaves the surface of Betelgeuse. Actually, Betelgeuse, like all stars doesn’t really have a surface, it is a ball of hot gas, called a plasma, because its temperature is so high, all of its atoms have shed their electrons and so all you have is a bunch of charged atoms called ions and a sea of electrons. (more…)

TAEM Science Update – Prof. Harold Geller!

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

GellerPhoto2The Arts and Entertainment Magazine has just learned that Professor Harold Geller, of George Mason University will be travelling to promote Science, and his book. He stated that  “I myself will be speaking at a special event at Thomas Jefferson High School. See https://www.tjhsst.edu/studentlife/events/srs/

After that I head to New York City where I will be promoting my book about my brother’s battle with cancer. (more…)

TAEM interview with Dr. Lewis Dartnell of the University of Leicester, England

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Dr. Lewis DartnellTAEM- With the interest in discovering new worlds in space, and the possibility of making a manned mission to Mars in the very near future, The Arts and Entertainment Magazine has sought scientific professionals and educators to interview so that they can reveal the many aspects of making these discoveries for our student readers. One of the main topics on many of our reader’s minds is what can be expected to be found there and can effect the astronauts that may go to these worlds.

One expert that we have found is Dr. Lewis Dartnell of the University of Leicester, England. Dr. Dartnell, tell our student readers about your formal education and how it has helped you in your work.

LD- I’ve come from a life sciences background – I read Biology at Oxford University, before moving to University College London for a Masters-PhD programme in a department called CoMPLEX (Centre for Mathematics & Physics in the Life Sciences and Experimental Biology – a real mouthful of an acronym!). This is a phenomenal inter-disciplinary doctoral training centre where mathematicians, physicists, computer programmers, and biologists like myself are all shoved into a room for a year and told to teach each other the stuff they don’t know yet. That year was incredibly hard work, but really paid-off in giving me a very broad understanding of scientific research and what sort of techniques and analyses can be used. It was after this that I was able to start a PhD in astrobiology – the science concerned with the search for possible life beyond the Earth. (more…)

TAEM interview with Dr. Constance Walker of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory in Tucson

Sunday, April 14th, 2013
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Dr. Constance E Walker of NOAO

TAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine is always expanding to provide stories and educational tools to all the college students who follow us. Our Science section has provided excellent educational references and informative interviews of college professors from around the world. We have also posted interviews from some very well known scientists to add to our educational information.

  We have recently had an interview with the director of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory at the Green Bank’s site in West Virginia, Dr. Karen O’Neil. The information gleamed from this was not only an educational tool for students, but for teachers and scientists as well. For that purpose we would now like to turn our attention to the National Optical Astronomy Observatory at Kitt Peak near Tucson Arizona.

   Dr. Constance E. Walker, from NOAO, was just the person that we needed to talk to. Dr. Walker is not only an astronomer but she is the driving force behind many light pollution education effort nationally and internationally, including the GLOBE at Night citizen science program. Dr. Walker, in order to bring out the importance of education for the field of astronomy, please tell our student readers of your own formal education.

CW- Hi! Nice to meet you. I hold bachelor’s in physics and astronomy from Smith College, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Massachusetts, and a Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Arizona. (more…)

TAEM interview with Prof. George D. Stanley, Jr. of U. of Montana

Friday, March 29th, 2013

Stanley UMPC collections credit_ Todd Goodrich (Photos by Todd Goodrich)

  TAEM- With our Science section expanding so rapidly, The Arts and Entertainment Magazine , is constantly searching the great colleges that we are seen in to explore the many branches of science that they offer. Our student readers have shown a great interest in Marine Biology and Paleontology, and we are delighted to include a University that excels in both.

   Professor George D. Stanley, Jr., of the University of Montana teaches a course that involves the study of marine fossils found on the North American continent and the surrounding oceans as well as many locations throughout the world. Professor, please tell our student readership about your own formal education and what first interested you about this particular branch of the world of science.

University of Montana logoGS-Well my field of science is paleontology, a subject I became fascinated with at the tender age of 10. As an avid fossil collector, I dreamed of one day being a world adventurer and paleontologist and somehow I have kept up with that dream. I received a BA from the University of Tennessee and my PhD at the University of Kansas.  Following my graduation, my education continued as a Research Associate at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum where I developed a, exhibit hall of ancient life and made many valuable contacts for my career.  As a Fulbright Fellow in Erlangen, Germany, I studied corals and the limestone reefs in the Alps. I guess what drew me into the field of paleontology was gorgeous fossils, life and deep time. Paleontologists really are time travellers, reconstructing the ancient past by digging up fossilized life of the past. That’s awesome in any sense. (more…)

TAEM Attends the Feb. meeting of NOVAC at GMU

Friday, March 29th, 2013

Andrea-Jones-and-our-Publisher TAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine recently attended the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club February meeting that was held at George Mason University. The guest speaker for the evening was Andrea Jones from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

The program centered upon the latest achievement of NASA involving its newest robotic rover sent to the planet MARS.  The mission was established to run a number of experiments for possible future manned landings on the red planet. There have been a number of robotic instruments sent before, but none large enough to conduct the list of experiments needed to expand our current knowledge of the planet. (more…)

TAEM Interview with Prof. David Britton of the University of Glasgow

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Prof. David BrittonTAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine is constantly gathering the greatest scientific minds from around the world to interview so that all our student readers can learn from them. We are very happy to present Professor David Britton from the University of Glasgow, Scotland to readership. In case that you weren’t aware of the fact, our publisher’s father, and eight generations before him, were born in that fair city.

David, we are very proud to have you interview with us. Please tell our readers about your early education and how it prepared you for your future.

DB-  My father was a physicist (PhD from Oxford and then worked with Marconi) who became a teacher after he was badly injured in a car crash and spent a long time rehabilitating. Neither of my siblings showed inclinations to follow in his footsteps but it must have been a good part of the reason why I took physics at university. During the last year of my undergrad degree, I was vaguely wondering what to do next when I saw a poster for the University of Victoria in British Columbia. It was a spectacular aerial view with the university in the foreground, surrounded by forest, and then the eye was led across the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the snowcapped Olympic Mountains in the background. On the spur-of-the-moment I applied and, to my astonishment, I was offered a funded place in graduate school there. I was hooked! At UVic I did an MSc in Nuclear Physics (a measurement of pionic atoms) and then a PhD in particle physics (looking at rare decays of the pion) at the TRIUMF facility located in Vancouver. However, there was one other key part of my early education that has had a big influence: I loved writing, though my spelling and handwriting were so awful that the teachers did not always reciprocate my enthusiasm! These days, I tell my students that their ideas are only as good as their ability to present them, and that writing and presentation skills are essential. I know it has been one of the things that has helped my career.   (more…)

TAEM interview with Klaus Steinberg of Germany’s DLR Space Administration

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Klaus-Steinberg_formal_kTAEM- As  the Science Section ofour publication, The Arts and Entertainment Magazine, leaps forward we have been contacting many scientists and space programs from around the world to give our student readers the best available information toward their education. Germany’s DLR Space Administration, a member of the European Space Agency, was high on our list. Our magazine received a supportive ‘Yes’ from Germany, and Klaus Steinberg quickly responded to our request.

Klaus, you are responsible for the German part in the General Support Technology Program (GSTP). Tell us about your role in that and what the program’s aims are.

KS- Thank you for the opportunity to tell your readers a little bit about my work. To start, I would like to shortly comment on how Space research is organized at DLR. In principle, the German Aerospace Center DLR is organized like other space agencies as NASA, but there is one specialty. There are about 7,300 people working for DLR, but only about 200 of them are part of the space Agency, formally known as Space Administration. (more…)

TAEM interview with Dr. Karen O’Neil of GBT

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

oneil_telescope.jpsTAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine is thrilled to interview Dr. Karen O’Neil of the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (or GBT). Our publisher had visited the facilities several years ago, and he posted his visit in another segment of the Science section of TAEM. The observatory is a much recommended site for those interested in astronomy and radio astronomy. Dr. O’Neil is the site Director and we are very excited to be able to tell her story.

Dr. O’Neil, Please tell our readers about your educational background and your interest in astronomy.

KO- I have always been fascinated with the why and how of most everything.  I was initially drawn to working in physics and mathematics as these subjects are the primary foundation for all scientific phenomena.  Yet the more I studied these two fields the more I realized my fascination was not with the details of how things work as the broader question of why the Universe looks, and behaves, as it does.  Telescope images of the planets and other galaxies are both beautiful and fascinating to me, leading me to wonder why. Why do galaxies have swirls and bubbles in their gas and dust?  How doe stars go supernovae?  Why does the sun flare?  And the more I learned about galaxies and stars the more the field of astrophysics fascinated me, drawing me in until I finally moved all my studies and subsequent research into the field of astrophysics. (more…)

TAEM interview with NOVAC President Phil Wherry

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

novacTAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine recently expanded our coverage of subjects that would interest the many college students who read our publication. We have added a Science section for the interest of our readership and first embarked on this by posting exciting interviews with astronomers David Levy and David Brin. We then began posting interviews with distinguished professors from George Mason University in Virginia, and USC and UCLA universities in California. We plan many new and exciting science articles and interviews in the near future.

 We would now like to turn our attention to what has spiked such interest in science. In the past few years the study and findings in the realm of Astronomy began with the discovery of new worlds outside of our own solar system. These are referred to as Exoplanets. We also have discovered so many new findings in our own solar system that interest in this subject have far surpassed our quests for knowledge since man first landed on the surface of the moon.

 Many amateur and professional astronomers began to group together to share their knowledge and findings. There is no greater group than the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club (or NOVAC) for these gatherings. The club boasts of over 1,100 members, the largest club of it’s size in the world. A California based club comes in at a distant second place with just over 800 members. Leading NOVAC is the new club president Phil Wherry. Phil, how did the club begin ?

PW- The Northern Virginia Astronomy Club was organized in 1980, and it went through incorporation formalities in 1991. (more…)

TAEM Interviews Dr. Bob Weigel of George Mason University

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Dr. Robert WeigelTAEM- This past month our publisher, Joseph J. O’Donnell, has offered a challenge to science professionals and enthusiasts to offer advice and guidance to NASA. This came about when we discovered a statement in another media source that stated that the agency seemed to be ‘Lost in Space’. Apparently NASA stated that there were no set programs for future space exploration. George Mason University in Northern Virginia was the first college to rise to the occasion to offer those needed boosts to the space agency.

On the staff of the university we found Dr. Bob Weigel of the Department of Computational and Data Sciences. Dr. Weigel, please tell our readers about your educational training and how this led to the courses that you teach.

NB: I am with the School of Physics, Astronomy, and Computational Sciences (SPACS; [http://spacs.gmu.edu/]).  The Department of Computational and Data Sciences combined with the Department of Physics and Astronomy to form SPACS. (more…)

TAEM Interview with Prof. Steven Furlanetto of UCLA

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

DSCN3380TAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine has the pleasure of introducing Professor Steven Furlanetto of UCLA to all of our student readers. Since the beginning of adding the ‘Science section’ to our magazine, we have been able to tap into the minds of the best experts for those science students who use our publication as a learning tool for their careers.

Steven, you presently teach both astronomy and Physics at UCLA. Please tell our student readers about your formal education.

SF- I received my undergraduate degree from Carleton College, a small liberal arts school in Northfield, MN. I majored in physics there, though I took the opportunity to take a broad range of courses. After that, I won a Churchill Scholarship to study theoretical physics at the University of Cambridge for one year, where I studied the “Part III Tripos” in mathematics. Then I moved to Harvard, where I received my Ph.D. (more…)

TAEM Attends the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club Meeting at GMU in January!

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

NOVAC - Northern Virginia Astronomy ClubThe Arts and Entertainment Magazine attended the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club’s meet at George mason University for their January meeting. Many of the club’s members were there, along with its new president, Phil Wherry and Vice-President Alexander Rogee. Representing GMU was Dr. Harold Geller, the university’s liaison.

NOVAC’s guest speaker for the event was Professor Gideon Bass who lectured on the topic of ‘Kepler Studies of Low-Mass Eclipsing Binaries’. This was of interest to many of the professional and amateur astronomers who attended the conference. You can find our interview with Professor Bass, and details about the subject, in the Science section of this month’s issue. (more…)