Episode 58 - In Defense of Science

This week I essay, rant, and ramble about science, politics, civilization, and our long-term needs.
Also, Juno images, New nuclear fuel, and NASA budgets.



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(NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt)

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Juno Images
VP at KSP

Essay - In Defense of Science


No Links, just go do something positive.



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Episode 49 - Longevity pt 3

This week we continue with longevity research. We examine some critiques against it, and consider what it will mean for society if more and more people live longer.

Also, vertical farming in Shanghai, the ISS 200th spacewalk, and wandering black holes.



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ISS 200th spacewalk

Wandering black holes

Criticisms and Implications of Longevity research



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(Martin Lisec)

Links for further reading
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strategies_for_Engineered_Negligible_Senescence#Technology_Review_controversy
https://academic.oup.com/gerontologist/article-lookup/doi/10.1093/geront/43.1.4
https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/primer/testing/genepatents
http://www.everydayhealth.com/longevity/longevity-boom-and-its-impact.aspx
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Episode 48 - Longevity pt 2

More on longevity this week, with a peek into the worlds of Aubrey de Grey, Craig Venter, and Google's Calico.

Also, the DNA of neurons, and the growing role of big data in the search for extraterrestrial life.



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(BBC)

The DNA of Neurons

Conference on the search for life in the universe

The who and what of longevity research


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(Aubrey de Grey by Bruce Klein and Susan Fonseca-Klein)

Some links on the who and the what

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aubrey_de_Grey
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Craig_Venter
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calico_(company)
http://www.calicolabs.com/
http://www.sens.org/
http://www.humanlongevity.com/
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Special Edition - March For Science

I went to the local March for Science today in Eugene. The starting point was on the U of O campus, and there was a great turnout. There was also a good diversity in the crowd. I took my portable mic for my phone and talked to a few people, from students and teachers, to astronomers and parents. Science is for everyone, not just lab techs. Listen to the show for my interviews, and keep your eyes and ears open for more about what you can do in the future. Advocacy doesn't get done with one march, it's a sustained effort that will carry us through.



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Episode 43 - Pollution Solutions

This week we go over a few of the ways people are tackling air pollution and excess carbon. Making ink from soot, making diamonds from CO2, and more.

Also, mammal cells turned into computer circuits, and NASA's Cassini probe final mission.




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Cassini's Final Mission

Pollution Solutions


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(Air Ink)

Links to various pollutions and CO2 control technologies

http://www.graviky.com/air-ink.html
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-search-is-on-for-pulling-carbon-from-the-air/
http://www.npr.org/2013/06/27/189522647/this-climate-fix-might-be-decades-ahead-of-its-time
http://www.industrytap.com/converting-atmospheric-co2-carbon-nanotubes/34563
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biochar
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Episode 42 - CRISPR and gene editing

This week we dive into the world of CRISPR-Cas9 and gene editing with a hopefully easy to understand overview of the basics. What is CRISPR, what can and might it do, what are the concerns and roadblocks.

Also, new nano metal techniques for improving hardness, and the Air Force X37 sets a record.



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Air Force X37



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(Air Force)

CRISPR-Cas9 and Gene Editing



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(Mirus)

This is probably the best video for an understandable explanation of CRISPR

http://www.yourgenome.org/facts/what-is-crispr-cas9
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnYppmstxIs
https://www.quora.com/What-is-a-simplified-explanation-of-CRISPR
http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/a19067/11-crazy-things-we-can-do-with-crispr-cas9/
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/01/the-most-exciting-uses-of-gene-editing-technology-involve-no-editing/422619/
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Episode 33 - Themes for 2017 - Understanding Science - Consensus

This week I offer an overview of scientific consensus - what it is, and why we should accept it.

And in the news: Vantablack, and mud on Mars



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(Surrey NanoSystems)

Mud on Mars

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(NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)

Scientific Consensus



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(Randal Monroe/XKCD)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_consensus
https://futurism.com/what-is-scientific-consensus/
http://www.forbes.com/sites/startswithabang/2016/06/24/what-does-scientific-consensus-mean/#560ae2c1377f
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