Renewable Energy and Carbon-Negative Technology

The Energy Future of America – from Renewable Energy to Carbon-Negative Technology – with guest Dr. David Babson

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Deploying renewable energy is a huge step in slowing climate change.  But do you know that in the long term, it will also be cheaper?  Right now, countries around the world are looking for new environmentally friendly energy sources.  These strategies will not only help the environment, but will also be economically preferable.  Where will […]

Children in South Pacific

Educational Hotspots for Children of the Developing World – with guest Dr. Laura Hosman

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Books, computers, and internet connectivity are something we might take for granted in our schools. But for large sections of the developing world, classrooms might be devoid of desks, libraries might be empty of books, and teachers don’t keep lesson plans from year to year because they would deteriorate in the high humidity. There are […]

Buddhist Monks

The Dalai Lama, Tibetan Monks, and Science – with guest Dr. Chris Impey

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https://media.blubrry.com/podcasts_sparkdialog/p/api.spreaker.com/download/episode/11499786/the_dalai_lama_tibetan_monks_and_science.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS If the Dalai Lama didn’t become a monk, he would have been an engineer. Even today, science and mathematics fascinate him. But in spite of this, many Tibetan monks are unfamiliar with modern science, some not even knowing that the Earth revolves around the sun. […]

The Robotic Moral Code – Programming Ethics into Machines with guest Dr. Don Howard

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A robotic moral code may seem like an odd thing to talk about. But there are now instances when robots, machines, and artificial intelligence will need an ethical framework. From self-driving cars to autonomous weapons systems to robots in healthcare, machines will be called upon to make ethical decisions. Even Google Maps displays a certain […]

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Create Your Own Brain – Neuroscience, Addiction, and Designer Brains with Dr. Alan Weissenbacher

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Are certain people born with an innate ability to be better at mathematics? Or the ability to play the piano beautifully? Do people with excellent spatial ability grow up to be taxi drivers or architects? Or instead, do we have control over what our brains excel at? Can we choose our skills and decide how […]

Climate Change, Religion, and Ethics – A Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Perspective

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Climate change is often viewed as a political problem. But in reality, it is a scientific issue, and perhaps equally as important, it is a moral and spiritual issue. How are religious communities responding?  Today we are talking to three people involved in various religious environmental organizations, each representing a different faith community – Soltan Bryce […]

The Star of Bethlehem – A Real Event? – An Analysis with Dr. Peter Barthel

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We hear it every year around this time – the story of the Nativity.  More specifically, we hear about three wise men, following the star of Bethlehem to bring the newborn Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.  But is this story grounded in reality?  Or was it a literary device concocted by Matthew as he wrote […]

India's space program

Space: East and West – Space, Technology, and Culture with Dr. Susmita Mohanty

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Culture affects many things within our lives – even how we approach considerable ventures such as space exploration.  Today, we talk to Dr. Susmita Mohanty about how the philosophical underpinnings and culture within India’s space program lead to a differing mindset than the space programs in the West. Susmita herself has lived around the world and started businesses on three […]