biodiversity

Ep 74: Is the Biodiversity of Earth Doomed? with guests Dr. Pamela McElwee, Dr. Kai Chan, and Dr. Alex Pfaff

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The statistics are staggering.  One million species are close to extinction.  No ecosystem is left untouched.  Corals in the sea, forests on a windy bluff, jungles, deserts.  The biodiversity of the Earth is declining at worrying rates. What is causing this decline? Is it due to climate change, pollution, over-exploitation of resources, or something else? […]

Mind Uploading

Ep 73: Mind Uploading: The Key to Eternal Life? with guest Dr. Michael Hauskeller

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The newest seekers of immortality are on a radical quest: mind uploading.  These people think that it may be possible to take all of the information locked within the folds of creases of their brains and upload it to the internet.  Decoupled from their mortal bodies, they would be free forever. Free from suffering, free […]

Reverse climate change

Ep 72: Reversing Climate Change: Turning CO2 Into Rock – with guests Dr. Kári Helgason and Dr. Bergur Sigfússon

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In 2015, the world came together and drafted the Paris Agreement.  We agreed to try to limit our emissions so that the overall global warming would not exceed two degrees.  An even more ambitious goal: warming would not exceed 1.5 degrees.  This doesn’t sound like much, but going over such a small increase on a […]

Epileptics with Mystical Experiences

Ep 71: Epileptics with Mystical Experiences – with guest Dr. Joseph Tennant

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Imagine that you have a mystical experience that changes your life.  Perhaps you see the face of Jesus, Muhammad, or Buddha.  Perhaps you feel the Universe pouring out love into your being.  Or perhaps you just feel immense peace. Now imagine that this experience is actually the result of an epileptic seizure.  This is the […]

Cameras that can See Around Corners

Ep 69: Cameras that can See Around Corners – with guest David Lindell

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What if you could build cameras that can see around corners or through walls?  It sounds like something out of a spy movie, and completely unrealistic.  But sometimes, what seems like science fiction is actually possible. Today we talk to David Lindell, a PhD student in the Stanford Computational Imaging Lab.  David is heading a […]

decoding a message from ET

Ep 68: They’re Not Speaking English – Decoding a Message from ET – with guest Dr. Sheri Wells-Jensen

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What would happen if we found a message from a civilization on another planet? Chances are, they won’t be speaking English. We can’t talk to dolphins, dogs, or trees. What makes us think we ever would able to understand a message from not only another species, but from another planet? How would we go about […]

Future of Technology

Ep 66: What the Future May Hold: The Future of Technology – with guest Brian David Johnson

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No one knows what the future may hold.  Or can they?  Today on the podcast, we talk to Brian David Johnson, a futurist.  Brian’s business is the future and predicting the future of technology.  Weaving together a mix of ethnography, culture, trends, technology, and science, he helps businesses and enterprises forecast what the next decades […]