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It's "Dear Abby" for Geeks. Ask Bill Nye Pretty Much Anything.

What if Bill Nye were your warm, rational uncle? What if you could informally ask his opinion on anything from black holes to the zombie apocalypse? Well now you can. 

Bill Nye the Science Guy

Here's how it works: 


  1. You shoot a webcam video no longer than 30 seconds introducing yourself and asking Bill a question.
  2. Email the video file to tuesdayswithbill [at] gmail [dot] com
  3. We'll pick the top entries each month and Bill will respond to them on camera. 
  4. Every Tuesday, we'll release one question & Bill's response on bigthink.com and across social media.

It's that easy. Ask away!

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"How big is the Universe?" "Am I really made of stars?" "Can scorpions kill me?"

No question is too tough — or too out there. So long as they're smart, somehow science-related, and not mean-spirited, they're fair game for "Tuesdays with Bill," a running feature on Big Think.

From 1993 to 1998, Bill Nye the Science Guy inspired TV-watching kids to approach the world with scientific curiosity, asking tough questions and taking nothing for granted. Those kids are all grown up now and back in touch with Bill through his recent interviews tackling grown-up issues like climate change denial and human sexuality. Many of the most popular of these interviews were produced right here on Big Think. 

But why stop there? A video can inspire and amaze you, but it's still beaming at you from the remote reaches of Interwebspace. We wanted Bill's students of all ages to get the opportunity to ask him directly about any science-related topic. And to our great joy, Bill was up for it.

Stuck? Not sure what to ask? Here are some of Bill's past Big Think videos for inspiration.

Take your career to the next level by raising your EQ

Emotional intelligence is a skill sought by many employers. Here's how to raise yours.

Gear
  • Daniel Goleman's 1995 book Emotional Intelligence catapulted the term into widespread use in the business world.
  • One study found that EQ (emotional intelligence) is the top predictor of performance and accounts for 58% of success across all job types.
  • EQ has been found to increase annual pay by around $29,000 and be present in 90% of top performers.
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Yale scientists restore cellular function in 32 dead pig brains

Researchers hope the technology will further our understanding of the brain, but lawmakers may not be ready for the ethical challenges.

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Surprising Science
  • Researchers at the Yale School of Medicine successfully restored some functions to pig brains that had been dead for hours.
  • They hope the technology will advance our understanding of the brain, potentially developing new treatments for debilitating diseases and disorders.
  • The research raises many ethical questions and puts to the test our current understanding of death.
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Face mask study reveals worst material for blocking COVID-19

A study published Friday tested how well 14 commonly available face masks blocked the emission of respiratory droplets as people were speaking.

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Coronavirus
  • The study tested the efficacy of popular types of face masks, including N95 respirators, bandanas, cotton-polypropylene masks, gaiters, and others.
  • The results showed that N95 respirators were most effective, while wearing a neck fleece (aka gaiter) actually produced more respiratory droplets than wearing no mask at all.
  • Certain types of homemade masks seem to be effective at blocking the spread of COVID-19.
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You want to stop child abuse? Here's how you can actually help.

Sharing QAnon disinformation is harming the children devotees purport to help.

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Politics & Current Affairs
  • The conspiracy theory, QAnon, is doing more harm than good in the battle to end child trafficking.
  • Foster youth expert, Regan Williams, says there are 25-29k missing children every year, not 800k, as marketed by QAnon.
  • Real ways to help abused children include donating to nonprofits, taking educational workshops, and becoming a foster parent.
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Here’s a map of Mars with as much water as Earth

A 71% wet Mars would have two major land masses and one giant 'Medimartian Sea.'

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