Here’s our next video in the Science 360: The Truth Behind 2012 series. In this one, we’re focusing on the “end of the Maya calendar.” Does the Mayan “Long Count” calendar mark the end of a 5,126-year era and herald an apocalypse? As with the other 2012-doomsday scenarios, the Mayan calendar claim has a good deal of scientific evidence against it. Check it out and find out why the real Maya will probably not be hiding in caves, but throwing a party.

The Truth Behind 2012: Mayan Calendar

Jay Heinz is Morehead's Digital Production Manager. He will be partying like it's 5126. Yes, Prince will be there.

We’ve taken our popular Science 360 presentation, “The Truth Behind 2012″ and made it into eight short videos that we’ll be releasing once a week for the next two months. If you’ve been paying attention to pop culture at all in the past year or so, you’ve probably heard some rumors about 2012, whether it’s from the movie that came out earlier in the year or other sources. We’re going to take all of the disaster theories and debunk them one by one.  Look forward to seeing ones on the Mayan calendar, the pole reversal, the rogue planet Nibiru, solar eruptions and more. Just subscribe to our Youtube channel and you won’t miss an episode. Our first is about the theory that a giant asteroid is set to strike the Earth.

The Truth Behind 2012: Asteroid Strike!

For more information about The Truth Behind 2012, check out our other previous blog posts about the subject:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Jay Heinz is Morehead's Digital Production Manager. He fears no asteroids.

For the past year, Morehead’s been working with an Artist in Residence, David Colagiovanni, who has been not only creating new content for the dome, but thinking more in-depth about how we use and interact in the dome environment. David’s a professor in the UNC-Chapel Hill Art Department and we’ve stolen him away to work on dome stuff in his free time.

Last month, he presented his work on the dome to a packed house and we’ve convinced him to stick around for another year and push some of his ideas even further. Meanwhile, we asked one of our multimedia students, Colby Ramsay, to put together a short documentary about David and his work on the dome. And for all you gear heads, yes, he’s using the RED Camera. Check it out:

Jay Heinz is Morehead's Digital Production Manager. He wants to use the RED camera, too.

We just uploaded our latest Science 360 – The Developing Brain – to YouTube. Scientists are learning more every day about the human brain develops, from embryo to fetus to baby. They’re also studying the ways that external factors affect the brain’s development. This Science 360, led by Casey Rawson, Science Content Developer for Science 360, examines some of those scientists’ findings and what else scientists may discover about the developing brain.


Jay Heinz is Morehead's Digital Production Manager and is still mildly obsessed with Radiolab. But I can quit at any time. I swear.

radiolab_You like science, right? Who are we kidding, of course you do. And you enjoy listening to the radio, right? Maybe even a little NPR when you’re feeling saucy? Well, my friends, you should check out Radiolab if you haven’t yet.

Radiolab is an incredible NPR show that has been around since 2005 and is produced out of WNYC in, you guessed it, New York City. But don’t judge it harshly because you don’t like Yankee radio. No, no, no. Radiolab delves into really interesting science topics, pulls out the fascinating bits and tells a great story along the way. This isn’t some boring science recording from 1954 that sounds like Troy McClure is doing the voice over. No, this is kind of like a This American Life about science with better audio editing. So if you’re an documentary audio geek like me, you’ll appreciate the production values that quite possibly surpass most NPR shows out there – which is saying a lot.

Unfortunately, WUNC does not broadcast it so go to the Radiolab website or download free podcasts from iTunes. My favorite so far is the story on parasites. Listening to a story about them is much better than getting them. Trust me.

Jay Heinz is Morehead's Digital Production Manager. He can't believe he had never listened to Radiolab until a couple weeks ago.

Ever hear of DragonflyTV? If you’re a kid, you probably have. It’s an Emmy Award winning PBS Kids program that shows real kids doing real science and makes it fun. Last season, DragonflyTV decided to do a series on the world of nanoscale science and technology. And since our exhibit, “Zoom In,” already has lots of cool things to do regarding the nano world, when DragonflyTV went to North Carolina, they came over to Morehead to shoot an episode. The episode is called “Where’s Nano” and features our own Exhibits Manager, Michele Kloda. Learn more about the episode or just sit back and watch it on the ol’ YouTube.

Jay Heinz is Morehead's Digital Production Manager. He doesn't have cable so he watches the Boob tube on the Youtube.

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Check out the new commercial we’re going to be playing before planetarium shows this Fall. Just a reminder that there’s more at Morehead besides what’s beneath the dome. The video stars a number of our current Afterschool program students.

By the way, when you’re watching one of our YouTube videos, hit the subscribe button. That way we can let you know when a new Morehead video gets uploaded. It’s not bad spam, it’s good spam. Like on a Hawaiian pizza.

Jay Heinz is Morehead's Digital Production Manager. And he does like Hawaiian pizza.

Now you can watch the latest Science 360 from the comfort of your own computer screen (although it’s much more fun to come in to see it and check out a Planetarium or laser show while you’re at it). But right now you’re probably sitting on your couch and wondering, “Why do plants have flowers? How do flowers develop? What secrets are hidden in their genes, and how could those secrets affect our lives?” I know you are – don’t lie to me. Watch the vid below and find out the answers. When you’re done, check out some of our other videos on our youtube and vimeo channels.

Jay Heinz is Morehead's Digital Production Manager. He is ready for lunch. No, seriously.

youtube-logoMorehead now has YouTube and Vimeo channels. Check them out here:

http://www.youtube.com/user/moreheadplanetarium

http://vimeo.com/channels/morehead

Right now we’ve got the trailer for our first planetarium show, Earth, Moon and Sun, as well as videos from our Science 360 series that talk about current science topics from stem cells to genetic engineering. Just hit the subscribe button at the top of each page and you’ll be alerted when we put new video content up on the site. Keep an eye out for a couple new Science 360s in the next few months as well as a sneak peak at our next planetarium show.

Jay Heinz is Morehead's Digital Production Manager.

It’s been a while since we did an overhaul on the moreheadplanetarium.org web site. In fact, the last time we rebuilt the website was 2003. In web time, that’s back in the middle ages. So we’ve decided it’s about time. We want to do two main things, modernize it visually and technologically, allowing us to utilize social media more and make it much more intuitive to use and to find information.

So, first step is that we’re going to “reskin” the homepage, which means that we’re going to keep the majority of the elements, but give it a new modern look. The second step is to take that new look to test with our users and then rebuild guts of the site from the ground up.

Here’s a first version mock-up of the reskinning of the homepage. If you have any thoughts, concerns, complains, compliments, or rants, please leave a comment and let us know. What would you want to see in a new Morehead Planetarium and Science Center website? More education? More information? More videos? Lay it on me.

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Jay Heinz is Morehead's digital production manager.


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