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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Subway ads and dead stars

Today I saw this "advertisement" in the subway on my way to work. I think it's an excellent example of science education and I congratulate the people at the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Toronto and CoolCosmos for making the effort. (Click on the ad below to enbiggen and read the fine print. Refresh the page on CoolCosmos to see all five ads.)

Phil Plait will be jealous.


  1. Now isn't that a better slogan than "Darwin is dead" or "Praise Darwin"?

  2. Heh heh. You said "embiggen".

    Or, wrote "enbiggen", which is almost the same thing.

    It's all cromulent.

  3. re: "enbiggen"

    It was meant sarcastically.

    I'm pretty sure everyone who reads my blog will get it.

    Or maybe not.

  4. I was at the launch for these ads. I was going to blog about it, but never got around to it...
    2009 is not just Darwin year, it's also the Year of Astronomy, so there's so much science all over the place, it's impossible to keep up with!

  5. Re: "embiggen"
    There is an entry in Wiktionary for the word. It has been used in "Notes and Queries" and JHEP.

  6. Now these CoolCosmos ads are in metro stations in Montreal! The French ads are also found at CoolCosmos