Episode 12 - Space Colonies pt 3 - Cryosleep and Embryonic Space Travellers

In this episode we cover other ways we might travel the vastness of space using cryosleep, hibernation, and genetic manipulation with CRISPR.
Also, Carl Sagan's day job, artificial wombs.



Carl Sagan at Wikipedia
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Artificial Wombs
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(Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies)

Suspended Animation
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Here's a good video on CRISPR. Easy to understand, but still covers the details of how CRISPR works.

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Episode 11 - Space Colonies pt 2 - Generation Ships

This week we discuss various ideas, advantages, and challenges of generation ships, the most likely way humans will travel the interstellar vastness short of a breakthrough in warp drives or wormholes.

In the news: more octopi, graphene. Also, be better today than you were yesterday.



News:

Armored octopus:
Octopus armor

2d materials
Image: REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
(Image: REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado)


Generation Ships
Artist’s concept of an interstellar craft equipped with an EM Drive. Credit: NASA Spaceflight Center
(Artist’s concept of an interstellar craft equipped with an EM Drive. Credit: NASA Spaceflight Center)

Links on generation ships and interstellar travel
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generation_ship
http://www.universetoday.com/15403/how-long-would-it-take-to-travel-to-the-nearest-star/
http://www.orbitalvector.com/Interstellar%20Flight/Generation%20Ships/Generation%20Ships.htm
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Episode 10 - Space Colonies pt 1

In this first of I don't know how many parts, we take a look at some of the proposed designs for large space stations, as well as some of the hazards of living in space long-term. I also ruminate on the size of the universe

In the news: new brain maps and no love for a unifying theory of everything.



Notes and links:

Brain Maps

No theory of everything yet

Info on large space stations and their technology. And several depictions of these stations, among my favorite kind of sci-fi art.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O%27Neill_cylinder
http://www.orbitalvector.com/Interstellar%20Flight/Generation%20Ships/Generation%20Ships.htm
http://www.adl.gatech.edu/research/tff/radiation_shield.html
http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2005/24jun_electrostatics/

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