Science: a world of goggles, rocket ships and emergency showers. You know, science. Jon Stewart talked about this field shrouded in mystery with frequent Daily Show guest and renowned astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson. This time the tables were turned (via advanced orbit technology) as Stewart played guest on Tyson's StarTalk Radio. Some of Jon's highlights:
On his favorite element:
"I'm a huge carbon guy. I enjoy the molecular slut of the table of elements. It will bond with anything. It's ridiculous. And by the way, four bonds."
On why he thinks Health and Medicine are the top scientific issues:
"As a registered hypochondriac with the Hypochondriacs' Institute of Hypochondriacs, we have no meetings because everyone's afraid to shake hands at the beginning of it."
On what people will pay scientists to do:
"Here's what people want: They want old people to be able to no longer be impotent. That's the science… that's highest priority of anything."
"Many scientists are just trying to figure out a way to help Marlboro sell a cigarette they can bill as a vegetable."
On going to the moon:
"The achievement in itself became overshadowed by the lack of knowledge of what to do once we got there. If ten years after landing on the moon the best we could do is hit a golf ball and be like, 'man that thing flies…'"
On the idea that we are molecularly connected to all matter in the Universe:
"That's crazy. You know what that reminds me of? Snapple. Just good ingredients. Good natural ingredients put together to taste delicious"
Listen to the whole interview below, then watch Neil deGrasse Tyson drop some knowledge on The Daily Show after the jump.
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