Episode 54 - Energy pt2: Nuclear

This week I speak at length with Oregon State University PhD candidate Josh Fishler. We talk all things nuclear including new tech and why it's not the bogeyman. Believe it or not, it will be needed for a carbon neutral future, and for a journey to the stars. And we talk about perspective and context and how humans are bad at it.



OSU-TRIGA
(Oregon State University)

A few links for further reading on nuclear energy
http://radiationcenter.oregonstate.edu/
https://www.technologyreview.com/s/602051/fail-safe-nuclear-power/
http://ceepr.mit.edu/publications/working-papers/662
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Episode 53 - Energy pt1

This week we look at energy and power production. A snapshot of the past, present and future. How much do we use? Oil, coal, gas, solar, wind, nuclear. What's out there that is better?

Also, New instant charge battery, and Artificial Intelligence explains itself.




New Battery

AI explains itself
More AI news from OSU

Energy - a primer


MIT-Econ-Storage_0
(MIT News)

Peak oil and coal
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Predicting_the_timing_of_peak_oil
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peak_coal

Energy conversion and cost
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energy_conversion_efficiency
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cost_of_electricity_by_source

More reading on energy production and usage
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-01-03/for-cheapest-power-on-earth-look-skyward-as-coal-falls-to-solar
https://www.eia.gov/tools/faqs/faq.php?id=96&t=3
http://ceepr.mit.edu/publications/working-papers/662
https://www.e-education.psu.edu/egee102/node/1930
https://www.technologyreview.com/s/602051/fail-safe-nuclear-power/
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Episode 52 - Giant Space News Show

This week I catch up on a ton of space news. Jupiter images from Juno, 3d printing in space, plasma drive, dark matter, black holes, psyche, and more.

Also, I rant at the end of the show so you can skip it if you want.



Space News


NASA/SwRI/MSSS/GeraldEichstädt/SeánDoran
(NASA/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/Seán Doran)

Links to subjects from the show
https://www.universetoday.com/135798/best-jupiter-images-juno-far/
https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/a-whole-new-jupiter-first-science-results-from-nasa-s-juno-mission
https://phys.org/news/2017-05-collapsing-star-birth-black-hole.html
https://www.universetoday.com/135721/nasa-moves-mission-metal-asteroid-psyche/
http://www.space.com/36495-astronomers-capture-the-first-image-of-the-dark-matter-that-holds-the-universe-together.html
https://www.universetoday.com/135719/new-ideas-mysterious-tabbys-star-gigantic-planet-planet-rings/
https://www.universetoday.com/135758/theres-hard-rock-rain-moon-can-see-earth/
http://earthsky.org/space/waterloo-image-dark-matter-cosmic-web-2017
https://www.universetoday.com/135813/aliens-communicating-neutrino-beams/
http://news.mit.edu/2017/ligo-detects-merging-black-holes-third-time-0601
https://www.universetoday.com/135708/new-way-make-plasma-propulsion-lighter-efficient/
http://www.nbcnews.com/mach/space/technology-could-help-us-build-huge-structures-space-n760701
http://madeinspace.us/archinaut/
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Episode 51 - Essay on Civilization and Long-term thinking

This week I ruminate on civilization and long-term thinking, including a segment from Humboldt Redwoods State Park in California.

Also, zero-emission natural gas power plant, and 3d printed ovaries.



Zero emission power plant

3d printed ovaries

Civilization and Long-term thinking


Toaster from scratch

Manual for civilization

Humboldt Redwoods

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Episode 50 - Movie geek out with A.C. Hachem

This week I geek out about movies with author A.C. Hachem. All about summer movies, Hollywood business choices and how do you avoid getting squashed by the 5 ton Disney movie beast. Strap in, it's a movie length show!

Oh, and somehow I've made it to 50 episodes…



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