Women in Astronomy
What was it like for women in the sciences at the beginning of the 20th century? Today we discuss one woman in particular – Ruby Payne-Scott. Ruby was a brilliant radio astrophysicist who also fought for equal rights for women in the workforce, and her career was shaped by WWII, her marriage, and when she had children. Today we are joined by Dr. Miller Goss, a radio astronomer, who wrote a book about Ruby’s life. We discuss what it was like for women 1oo years ago, and how far we have come.
The Solar Eclipse – Awe, Wonder, and Science
What is it like to see a total solar eclipse? It’s hard to describe, but I hope that this podcast, with the cheers of pure joy from the people who saw it, might give you a little taste. We also talk about what science was done during the eclipse, from watching the oceans to watching the climate.
Teaching Science with Animals and Travel
In this special podcast episode, I am teaming up with Dr. Meenakshi Prabhune. We interview each other about our work in science and science communication. In this podcast, I talk to her about how she uses animals and travel to communicate heavier topics in science, like biophysics and genetics. She then interviews me about this podcast series. Both of these interviews appear in Signal to Noise Magazine.
Autism Therapy and Zen
Autism has not always been well understood in the medical community. In fact, sometimes it was so poorly understood that people with autism suffered from misdiagnosis. Yet, these brave people fought their way in a world that constantly demanded they be normal. In today’s podcast I talk to Anlor Davin, author of Being Seen, about her journey with autism, autism therapy, and about finding a balance of her own life through Zen meditation.
A Slice of Life
Food in space leaves a lot to be desired. But if we want to have a sustained presence in space, this will have to change. Today I’m joined with Sebastian Marcu and Neil Jaschinski of a company called Bake In Space, seeking not only to make bread safe to eat in space, but to actually bake it there as well! What challenges do they have to overcome? Find out!
The Ethics of Augmented Reality and Our Future
Augmented Reality – It could be games like Pokémon Go. It could also mean talking to an old friend a world away, but it looks like they are siting in the chair besides you. It’s exciting, but what ethical and privacy issues come along with augmented reality? Today we talk to Liv Erickson, a software engineer at High Fidelity who works on VR and AR, about the implications of augmented reality.
Sustainability – The Bigger Picture
Robots That Eat Trash and the Entrepreneurs Who Build Them
CRISPR – With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility
Your Body in Space
Your body is a delicate machine, and space is a harsh environment. Today we talk to Dr. Ronke Olabisi, a biomedical engineer, about the challenges that the human body has to withstand in space and ways to overcome them. These advances will make space safer for astronauts, and can make life on Earth healthier as well!
The Energy Future of America – from Renewable Energy to Carbon-Negative Technology
Educational Hotspots for Children of the Developing World
The Dalai Lama, Tibetan Monks, and Science
Volcanoes – Making Your Planet Habitable for 4.6 Billion Years
World Upon World, Universe Upon Universe
The Robotic Moral Code
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. But how do we even begin to describe morality in lines of code and mathematics that a robot can understand? Today we talk to Dr. Don Howard, a philosopher who speculates about a robotic moral code.
Create Your Own Brain
Climate Change, Religion, and Ethics – A Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Perspective
The Star of Bethlehem – A Real Event?
Space: East and West
Dress to OS
Made In Space
Going to space is always a risky business. If you forget something or if something breaks, you may be days, months, or even years away from receiving a spare part. This risk could be life threatening. But all that is about to change. Today, we talk to Brad Kohlenberg from a company called Made In Space. This company is seeking to revolutionize the space industry by moving 3D printing in space, giving astronauts the opportunity to print any part they may need, making space safer, and eventually, accessible to many more. Seriously, this is the future, and it’s awesome. Also, check out the video!
The International Space Station and I: The World from Above
The Future Universe – Teeming with Life?
Hello Jupiter! It’s Juno.
The Dolphin Whisperer
Traveling to the Stars on the Wind of a Laser
An Explosion from Across the Universe
Climate Science from the Bottom of the World
Photo by Shasta Marrero, Patriot Hills, Ellsworth Mountains, Antarctica (Jan 2014).