life within the universe

Ep 90: How Can We Find Life Within the Solar System?: with guest Dr. Niels Ligterink

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Last month, scientists published word that an incredible discovery was made on Venus.  They found what is called a “biomarker” in the clouds of Venus.  Now, a biomarker is not life, but a chemical that may indicate life is present. In Venus’ case, this chemical is phosphine. It’s hard to explain why phosphine would exist […]

Ep 84: The Coronavirus, Social Media, Online Dating and Black Lives Matter – with guest Dr. Shantel Buggs

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To say we live in changing times is an understatement. The world right now is a pressure cooker. Already, people around the world were losing their jobs, their lives, and their ability to even venture into public places with the coronavirus outbreak. But then add to that the tragic murder of George Floyd by the […]

Ep 75: From Self-Driving Cars to Autonomous Weapons Systems – Can We Trust AI? – with guest Dr. David Danks

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Are you looking forward to self-driving cars? Perhaps you love taking the curves of the road yourself, but more likely, you would relish a commute where you could read or catch up on the latest episode of “Mandalorian“.  But do you trust your self-driving car to get you to your destination safely?  What happens if […]

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 […]