Episode 67 - Civil War

This week an essay on a darker topic - whether the US will have another Civil War in the near future. Can it be avoided? Are we already locked in conflict, and how do we break out?
Also, a change in show format. 



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(civilwar.org)

Notes


https://www.thenation.com/article/are-we-on-the-verge-of-another-civil-war/
http://www.businessinsider.com/civil-war-2017-america-no-america-is-not-heading-for-new-a-civil-war-2017-8
https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/is-america-headed-for-a-new-kind-of-civil-war
http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/06/28/what-are-the-chances-of-a-second-american-civil-war-a-best-defense-update/
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/22/american-politics-civil-war-alt-right-left-wing



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Episode 60 - Making Contact

This week, further contemplation about life in the universe, and what would happen if we made contact. 
Also, synthetic food and NASA deep space station plans. 



Synthetic food
Deep space stations for NASA

Making Contact


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https://www.space.com/26449-contact-intelligent-aliens-active-seti.html
https://futurism.com/what-should-we-do-if-aliens-contact-the-earth/
https://astrobiology.nasa.gov/
https://futurism.com/carl-sagan-on-how-humanity-would-transform-if-aliens-contacted-earth/
https://www.sciencealert.com/stephen-hawking-warns-that-we-might-not-want-to-reach-out-to-aliens
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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)

Nuclear Fuel
Juno Images
VP at KSP

Essay - In Defense of Science


No Links, just go do something positive.



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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 35 - Interview #2 with A.C. Hachem

This week I have another long chat with science fiction author A.C. Hachem (achachem.com) about his recently released book Dawn Of Legaia (dawnoflegaia.com). We also touch on creativity and the process, the technology in his book (including AI, androids, and artificial gravity), the near future society he's imagined, comic cons, and then we nerd out about movies and video games for a while.



Dawn of Legaia


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*A quick footnote for this episode, in case anyone is fact checking. A.C. later clarified for me that it was a writer for the tv show The Expanse who hated the Mass Effect 3 ending, not one of Mass Effects writers. And if none that made sense to you it's ok to just move along.
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Episode 34 - Themes for 2017 - Communication

This week I ramble about the need for level-headed communication for a functional society, and ponder why it's so hard to do, including science communication.
Also, lots of medical news from Earth and space about stem cells and genetics.
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- Stephen R. Covey


Medical news of stem cell and genetic treatments

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(Ricardo Carrasco III)
Stem Cells for Paralasys
Leukemia treatment

NASA's Twin Study

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(Robert Markowitz)
Some links about science and communication I referenced for the show
http://www.sciencealert.com/researchers-have-figured-out-what-makes-people-reject-science-and-it-s-not-ignorance
http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2017/01/relearning-how-write?utm_source=sciencemagazine&utm_medium=facebook-text&utm_campaign=howtowrite-10682
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-to-convince-someone-when-facts-fail/
https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/illusion-chasers/the-delusion-of-alternative-facts/?WT.mc_id=SA_FB_POLE_BLOG

Some science news sources I think are the best at reporting and writing
https://www.scientificamerican.com/
http://www.sciencemag.org/
http://www.livescience.com/
https://phys.org/
http://www.universetoday.com/
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Episode 31 - Themes for 2017 - Jobs

In a more philosophical tone I'll be bringing you a number of shows setting themes and things to think about in the upcoming year. This week, more thought on jobs and the future of work, and what it means to our own meaning.

Also, new missions from NASA



NASA's new missions

discovery-missions-v3SwRI and SSL-Peter Rubin
(RI and SSL-Peter Rubin- artist's concept)

More thoughts on the future of work, some links to read up on.

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(Getty Images)

http://bigthink.com/philip-perry/47-of-jobs-in-the-next-25-years-will-disappear-according-to-oxford-university
http://www.businessinsider.com/david-graeber-jobs-should-disappear-2016-12
https://futurism.com/new-report-predicts-over-100000-legal-jobs-would-be-lost-to-technological-automation/
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/making-sense/column-need-say-goodbye-work/
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-01-03/caught-tape-how-robots-are-taking-over-amazon
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2008/sep/01/economics
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Episode 28 - Threats From Space pt 2 - Interventions for NEOs

In this episode we continue with near earth objects and discuss what we might actually be able to do about them.

Also, NASA's inflatable room on the ISS, and thoughts on suicide and civilization.



The story that brought about my opening ramble on suicide and civilization. Brandy Vela

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NASA's BEAM module

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Information for NEO avoidance.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asteroid_impact_avoidance
http://www.neoshield.net

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