space junk

Ep 42: Space Junk, Trash on the Moon, and the Earth’s Copper Ring – with guest Dr. Lisa Ruth Rand

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What happens to old satellites? Or to astronauts’ trash? It turns out that the Earth is surrounded by a sphere of garbage – often referred to as space junk. This consists of everything from bits of frozen coolant, paint flecks, astronauts’ tools, and even a toothbrush. There is no trash collection in space. What happens, […]

Fake News

Ep 38: What Happens Next Will Blow Your Mind! Using Natural Language Processing to Find Fake News, Satire, and Clickbait – with guests Dr. Victoria Rubin and her Group

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Where do you get your news from? Can you trust it?  Gone are the days when most people read the newspaper.  Instead, many people now get their news from their Facebook feed, Twitter, or a host of other online sources.  Unfortunately, amid the cat videos and photos of friends, it may be hard to tell […]

Women in Science

Ep. 31: Women in Science – Ruby Payne-Scott – with guest Dr. Miller Goss

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Within the last century, things have changed significantly for women in science.  At the beginning of the 20th century, women rarely were educated in science, and seldom became professional scientists.  Yet there were a few brilliant women who rose to the top.  Today we are discussing one of them – Ruby Payne-Scott. In today’s podcast, […]

Trash and recycling

Ep. 24: Robots That Eat Trash and the Entrepreneurs Who Build Them – with guest Jaidev Shah

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In many places of the world, trash management is a challenge.  And in countries such as India, Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Indonesia, trash piling up is quickly becoming a major environmental and health concern. This inspired the young entrepreneur Jaidev Shah to come up with a solution.  In his home country of India, there is little […]

Ep. 13: 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

Ep. 12: 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 […]