Episode 86 - Interview with Engineer Holly Griffith

This week I have an interview with NASA engineer Holly Griffith. We talk about Engineer's Week (Feb 18-24), the importance of engineers in life all around us, women in science, and some other stuff.

Also, I am tired of saying "Never again."



Essay by MSD student Cameron Kasky

holly
(Holly Griffith)

Holly's Twitter feed
Study about youth education and why so few women go into science


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Episode 82 - Sci-Fi Inpirations for Long Term Thinking

This week I ruminate on some of my early inspirations for long term thinking from the world of science fiction.

Also, nano material from pitcher plants, and tiny nuclear reactors for your house on Mars. 



Pitcher Plant nano material
Compact reactor

b5lt
(Babylon 5)

Arthur C. Clarke

Apollo 13 recording

Mass Effect - First viewing of the Citadel

Babylon 5
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Episode 78 - Free Music and I'm Just Trying To Stay Alive

This week I offer more insight into a career in the arts, and how my experience may apply to all jobs in the future.
Also, artificial life and martian worms. 

Artificial DNA
Worms in simulated Martian soil
More thoughts on music and the future of work
At work
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Episode 74 - All News Show #7

Catching up on the latest and greatest including growing rice in saltwater, algorithms for acoustics, and the NASA twin study. 

Science makes people reach selflessly for truth and objectivity; it teaches people to accept reality, with wonder and admiration, not to mention the deep awe and joy that the natural order of things brings to the true scientist. - Lise Meitner



Elbphilharmonie_Großer-Saal_c_Iwan_Baan-14
(Elbphilharminie - Iwan Baan)

This weeks news items

Growing rice in saltwater
New Concert Hall with algorithm designed tiles
Earthquake correlation study
Extrasolar object
New telescope
NASA twin study
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Episode 73 - Interview with Astronaut Abby

This week I have a great chat with Abigail Harrison, aka Astronaut Abby. We talk about her ambitions for Mars, getting people excited about space, STEM, and the arts, and whether there will be cats on Mars. 


AstroAbby
(Astronaut Abby/The Mars Generation)

Links to this weeks resources:

The Mars Generation

Astronaut Abby
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Episode 71 - Interview With Mike Paul Hughes, Aerospace Engineer

This week features an interview with Aerospace Engineer Mike Paul Hughes. We chat about upcoming missions, speculate on life, and Mike reminds us why it's important to study history. 
Also, a bad case of bad science headlines. 


Behind the bad supervolcano headline
Mike Paul Hughes
MPH2
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Episode 70 - All News Show #5

On this weeks news show: CRISPR for Glaucoma, Nobel Prizes, moon, Mars, and some thoughts on guns and con man Alex Jones. 



LockheedMartinMBC_Poster-700x432
(Lockheed Martin)

The News



Nobel Prizes 2017

CRISPR for glaucoma

Trump Administration's NASA priorities

Lockheed Martin Mars Station

Elon Musk's Mars Update
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Episode 68 - All News Show #4

This week is an all news show in the new show format. We have Osiris Rex, human embryo editing, 3d printed aluminum, high tech guitar strings, and more. 



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(NASA)

Sources for this week's news


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asima_Chatterjee
https://phys.org/news/2017-09-revolutionary-guitar-world.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0H1ZJ55J7M
http://www.sciencemagazinedigital.org/sciencemagazine/22_september_2017?folio=1225&pg=21#pg21
http://www.sciencemagazinedigital.org/sciencemagazine/22_september_2017?sub_id=qQuCOFPYtydc&u1=41569489&folio=1221&pg=17#pg17
http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/22/us/nasa-osiris-rex-slingshot-past-earth/index.html
https://www.universetoday.com/137253/300-asteroids-explored-fleet-nanosatellites/
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/09/18/551792129/stanislav-petrov-the-man-who-saved-the-world-dies-at-77
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Episode 66 - All News Show #3

This week I've got a bunch of cool short news bits I've been saving up, it's time to catch up. Cassini, Voyager, Mars, Universal Basic Income, Robot artists, and more



NASA-Cassini
(NASA-Cassini)

Sources for this week's show:

Dogmatic thinking study https://scienmag.com/studies-help-understand-why-some-people-are-so-sure-theyre-right/

Future food shortages
https://qz.com/1064653/the-world-could-run-out-of-food-two-decades-earlier-than-thought/

Demand for concrete is killing rivers (need material science research, I have previously covered concrete making methods with less impact)
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-41123284

Scotland to begin a UBI test
https://futurism.com/scotland-will-begin-funding-universal-basic-income-experiments/

Robot mural artist
https://qz.com/1040982/watch-this-robot-can-spray-paint-giant-murals/

Voyager’s 40
th https://nasa.tumblr.com/post/164871712984/voyager-the-spacecraft
https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/voyager/index.html

Peggy Whitson
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/09/03/548295156/-american-space-ninja-peggy-whitson-back-on-earth-after-record-breaking-flight
https://www.space.com/36285-astronaut-peggy-whitson-spacewalk-record.html

NASA announces accelerated time table for Mars sample return mission
http://www.planetary.org/blogs/jason-davis/2017/20170828-mars-2020-sample-return.html

Cleaning up space debris
http://www.popsci.com/amp/space-debris-clean-up-spacecraft

Two stars in the far future of our solar system
https://motherboard.vice.com/amp/en_us/article/599awz/in-13-million-years-the-solar-system-will-briefly-contain-two-stars

Cassini at the end of it’s mission
https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/cassini/main/index.html
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Episode 65 - Alvin Toffler pt2

This week is a further examination of Alvin Toffler's writings and ideas. He wrote about the near future, which we are living in today.
Also, new cancer treatments, an asteroid flyby, and water on exoplanets. 



NASA-JPL-CALTECH
(NASA-JPL-CALTECH)

News items


Leukemia Treatment
Nanomachines fight cancer
Asteroid Flyby
Water on Exoplanets

Alvin Toffler


TofflerQuote
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Future_Shock
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Third_Wave_(Toffler_book)
https://www.brainpickings.org/2012/06/29/alvin-toffler-powershift/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revolutionary_Wealth
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-36675260

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Episode 61 - Nanotechnology: An Introduction

This week we enter the tiny world of nanotechnology. An introduction to what it is, and where it's being used in our lives right now.

Also, gene editing breakthrough, and NASA asteroid tracking.



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Gene editing breakthrough

NASA asteroid tracking

Further reading on nanotechnology:


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanotechnology
https://singularityhub.com/2016/05/16/nanorobots-where-we-are-today-and-why-their-future-has-amazing-potential/
http://www.nanotech-now.com/current-uses.htm
http://io9.gizmodo.com/5967198/8-incredible-nanotechnologies-that-actually-exist-in-the-real-world
https://www.livescience.com/694-nanotech-tiny-technology.html
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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


CloseEnc

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.



junonew
(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 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 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.



Shanghai vertical farming

ISS 200th spacewalk

Wandering black holes

Criticisms and Implications of Longevity research



martin-lisec
(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 46 - All News Show #2

This week, an all news show to catch up on some quick stories ahead of the March For Science.

Comfy robot suits, Elon Musk (again), Negative Mass, Exoplanets, Water worlds, Accretion Discs, (lions tigers and bears oh my)



DavidAAguilar
(Watery planet concept art by David A. Aguilar)

Robot Suits

Elon Musk's new venture

Odd superfluid

New exoplanet

Water worlds

Accretion disc imaging

Pasted Graphic
(NASA/JPL)
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Episode 45 - The Future Of Flight

This week we examine some of the ways we may be flying through the air in the near future, including drones, hypersonic jets, and (not in the air) the hyperloop.

Also, a brick laying robot, and New Horizons takes a nap, and what I'll be doing at next week's March for Science.



SAM the brick laying robot

New Horizons take a nap

The Future Of Flight

Airbus-Italdesign
(Italdesign/Airbus)

http://www.ehang.com/ehang184
http://www.livescience.com/58191-airbus-pop-up-flying-car-concept.html
https://futurism.com/a-flying-taxi-service-will-soar-through-the-skies-by-2018/
https://futurism.com/the-worlds-largest-aircraft-just-took-to-the-skies-for-the-first-time-ever/
https://futurism.com/this-is-flight-in-the-world-of-tomorrow/
https://www.nasa.gov/subject/7565/future-aircraft/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airship#Modern_airships
https://themysteriousworld.com/10-fastest-trains-in-the-world/
https://hyperloop-one.com/


lockheedmartin
(Lockheed Martin)

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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.




Mammal cell biocomputers
Cassini's Final Mission

Pollution Solutions


Air-Ink
(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 40 - The Future Of Food pt 5 - Cell Agriculture

This week we explore the newest techniques in growing animal-free meat and other products using cell cultures.
Also, 3d printed houses and exploring Titan in a flying machine



3D printed house

ApisCor
(Apis Cor)

NASA concepts for flight in Titan

TITAN-1-REV-3-580x388NASA
(NASA)

Cellular Agriculture

MarkPostSquare
(Mark Post)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cell_culture
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cellular_agriculture
http://www.new-harvest.org
http://www.memphismeats.com/
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Episode 38 - The Future Of Food pt 3 - GMOs and Gene Editing

This week I talk about a controversial topic, genetically modified organisms and gene editing, and how these aspects of modern science can feed us far into the future. I will have links to the science on the show's web page, for my part I focus on the basics and the benefits of GMOs and gene editing for food production.

Also, metamaterial news, new planets, and the Hubble Constant



New strong and light metamaterial

The Hubble Constant

New Planets

wild-cultivated
(wild progenitors to some of our food)

Information about GMOs and Gene Editing:



https://www.geneticliteracyproject.org
https://www.bestfoodfacts.org/what-foods-are-gmo/
https://www.geneticliteracyproject.org/2017/02/23/rice-plants-genetically-tweaked-tame-arsenic-found-soil-reducing-risk-humans/
https://www.geneticliteracyproject.org/2017/02/16/organic-farming-better-environment/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacillus_thuringiensis#Safety_studies
https://www.geneticliteracyproject.org/2014/06/19/how-your-food-would-look-if-not-genetically-modified-over-millennia/
https://futurism.com/a-new-drought-simulation-has-concluded-with-frightening-results/
http://ascienceenthusiast.com/crispr-cpf1-soybeans-healthier-no-dna/
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Episode 29 - Threats From Space pt 3 - Solar Flares and CMEs

This week we continue with threats to our planet from outer space, this time from our own home star. Solar flares, coronal mass ejections, and more.

Also, John Glenn, David Simons of project Manhigh, Magnets for bacteria, and new photos of Saturn.



John Glenn

ksc-98ec-1392
(NASA)

Treating Sepsis with magnets

Sepsis-1
(Laboratory for Materials Science and Technology)

New Cassini Images

pia21052-1045
(NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)

Flares and Coronal Mass Ejections


NASA-SDO20141105-flare-171-304_2
(NASA/SDO)

Further information:
https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sunearth/spaceweather/index.html
http://hesperia.gsfc.nasa.gov/sftheory/flare.htm
http://www-spof.gsfc.nasa.gov/Education/whcarr.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_flare
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/03/110302-solar-flares-sun-storms-earth-danger-carrington-event-science/
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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

beam-expansion-time-lapse-fast

Information for NEO avoidance.

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

Impact_event
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Episode 14 - Artificial Intelligence pt 2

In this episode I give you an overview of a number of examples of AI in use right now, and not just in scientific research. You've probably got an AI in your pocket right now.

Also, reasoned discourse in the 21st century, and OSIRIS-REx



Reasoned discourse in the 21st century

OSIRIS-REx
Social-Media-Card-Spacecraft-Image

Artificial Intelligence around you now

Siri-Bribes-iPhone-user-into-submission

Game AI gone rogue
Watson's cancer diagnosis
X-ray diagnosis

A bunch of links about robo-written articles, including a quiz to see if you can guess if it was a human or robot.
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/03/08/opinion/sunday/algorithm-human-quiz.html
http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2014/07/automated_insights_to_write_ap_earnings_reports_why_robots_can_t_take_journalists.html
http://singularityhub.com/2014/03/25/more-news-is-being-written-by-robots-than-you-think/
https://techcrunch.com/2016/06/28/meet-articoolo-the-robot-writer-with-content-for-brains/

My article from articoolo
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