Now Neil DeGrasse Tyson's Rapper Nephew Has Issued a Response Diss To B.o.B

Jordan Sargent · 01/26/16 04:47PM

I guess if you’re Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s nephew who is also a rapper, never has the world called on your presence more than after your uncle was dissed by a rapper who believes that the Earth is flat. So without further ado, here is TYSON’s “Flat to Fact,” the response track to B.o.B’s DeGrasse Tyson diss which itself doubles as a remix of Drake’s diss of Meek Mill.

Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains the Meaning of Life to a 6 ¾-Year-Old

Jay Hathaway · 01/16/15 04:45PM

A precocious 6 (and three quarters!)-year-old named Jack got a chance to ask astronomical badass and Cosmos host Neil deGrasse Tyson a question at Boston's Wilbur Theatre last night, and he cut right to the chase. Yo, Neil, he asked, "What's the meaning of life?"

How I Became Thousands of Nerds' Worst Enemy by Tweeting a Photo

Michael Hale · 08/08/14 02:20PM

I'm sitting in an office in Manhattan a few blocks from Central Park. It's a fairly typical workday, filled with emails, trips to the coffee pot, and refreshing my sites. I'm on all the good ones: Twitter, Facebook, you name it.

Here's Neil DeGrasse Tyson's Snappy Comeback to "Aliens Going to Hell"

Jay Hathaway · 07/28/14 12:20PM

Last week, creationist minister Ken Ham responded to a NASA astronomer's estimate that "in the next 20 years we will find out we are not alone in the universe" by declaring the search for extraterrestrials "pointless" because they're all going to hell anyway. Neil DeGrasse Tyson, astronomical badass, went on Real Time With Bill Maher Friday to offer a well-reasoned counterpoint.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Refuses to Lose to Duck Dynasty

Jay Hathaway · 06/06/14 11:48AM

Neil DeGrasse Tyson's Cosmos, the Carl Sagan–inspired show that answers viewers' questions about the physical universe (and raises new ones), is up for a Critics' Choice Award in the same category as Duck Dynasty, a show that pits a family of sentient beards against men's sinful anuses.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Watches the "Stoned Neil DeGrasse Tyson" Video

Jay Hathaway · 03/24/14 10:18AM

Last week, someone slowed down a video of Neil DeGrasse Tyson just enough to make the Cosmos host sound unbelievably stoned. Turns out Tyson loved the video, and he played it for a laughing audience at a lecture in Toronto over the weekend.

Fox Station Cuts Evolution out of Neil DeGrasse Tyson's Cosmos

Jay Hathaway · 03/13/14 12:40PM

An Oklahoma City Fox station ran a teaser for its nightly newscast during the premiere of Neil DeGrasse Tyson's reboot of Cosmos. No big deal, except that it interrupted Tyson's only mention of evolution in the entire episode.

Lacey Donohue · 10/09/13 08:33PM

Neil deGrasse Tyson has turned to Facebook—not Twitter—to express his regret for not first tweeting about “the hundred things” Gravity got right. In his almost-apology, he writes that the “right to be criticized on a scientific level is a high compliment indeed.”

Our Father's Not in Heaven: The New Black Atheism

cord jefferson · 05/17/12 03:16PM

Several years ago, I pitched a freelance piece about black atheism to a prominent magazine geared toward African-Americans. The pitch was denied, but not for any real reason. "That one might be a bit, uh, hard," is all my editor said. I'd later come to find out that he was merely sheltering me from his ultra-Christian executive editor, who would never let a piece questioning religion run in the magazine.

Happy Birthday

cityfile · 10/05/09 06:48AM

Kate Winslet turns 34 today. WNYC host Brian Lehrer is turning 57. Nicky Hilton is 26. Daniel Baldwin turns 49. Gerald Shargel, the attorney now in the news for defending Dave Letterman's alleged extortionist, is 52. Fellow defense attorney Mark Geragos is turning 65. Filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi turns 39. Teresa Heinz Kerry is 71. Bob Geldof is turning 58. Jeff Conaway is 59. Actress Josie Bissett is 39. And Neil deGrasse Tyson, the Hayden Planetarium director that People once described as "the sexiest astrophysicist alive," turns 51 today.

Neil deGrasse Tyson

cityfile · 02/03/08 09:39PM

Tyson, a Bronx native, is an award-winning astrophysicist and currently serves as the director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History. Tyson has gained mainstream notoriety as a science communicator, best-selling author, television host, internet meme, and perhaps most importantly, as 2000's "sexiest astrophysicist alive" by People magazine.