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Podcast Profile: The State of The Universe

podcast imageTwitter: @TSOTUPod@BrendanDrachler (@BrendanDrachler followed by 36 accounts on physicist, mathematician, and astronomer lists)
Site: www.thestateoftheuniverse.com
81 episodes
2018 to 2021
Average episode: 74 minutes
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Categories: Astronomy • Interview-Style

Podcaster's summary: Science moves at an impossibly fast pace. It will leave you wondering, what is the state of the universe? Wonder no more! Learn from researchers working at the cutting edge of scientific advancement about everything from the robot takeover to the big bang only on The State of The Universe podcast.

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List Updated: 2022-Jun-29 11:52 UTC. Episodes: 81. Feedback: @TrueSciPhi.

Episodes
2021-May-24 • 65 minutes
#86 - Dr. Dan Hooper - New Physics or Faulty Calculations? All About the Muon g-2 Experiment
Rate the show 5 stars on Apple Pods! Seriously, do it now. Episode 86 features particle physicist and cosmologist Dr. Dan Hooper. We discuss the recent Muon g-2 experiment results and what they tell us about the potential for new physics! Get...
2021-Mar-28 • 90 minutes
#85 - Dr. Stephon Alexander - Black Holes, Supersymmetry, and all that Jazz
Episode 85 features theoretical physicist Dr. Stephon Alexander. Stephon specializes in cosmology, particle physics and quantum gravity (String Theory and Loop Quantum Gravity). We begin our conversation with an exploration of black holes, quantum...
2021-Mar-17 • 74 minutes
#84 - Nate Stewart - America's Back (in Space), Baby!
Episode 84 features Nate Stewart. Nate is an Operations Planning Flight Controller at NASA's Johnson Space Center. The content of the episode does not represent the opinions of NASA or the United States government. It is solely the beliefs and...
2021-Mar-02 • 89 minutes
#83 - Dr. Ethan Siegel - ʻOumuamua, Aliens, and The Scientific Commandments
Episode 83 features astrophysicist Dr. Ethan Siegel. We discuss the interstellar interloper ʻOumuamua, why Ethan pushes back on the ʻOumuamua-Alien hypothesis, the scientific commandments to abide by, and much more! Use codename "Universe" to get...
2021-Feb-03 • 77 minutes
#82 - Dr. Brian Keating - The Everlasting Lessons from Galileo's Life
Episode 82 features astrophysicist Dr. Brian Keating. We discuss the mistakes that we are all susceptible to making when conducting science, how Galileo taught us of our own imperfections, whether there is a "scientific method," and much more! ...
2020-Nov-13 • 102 minutes
#81 - Dr. Daniel Whiteson - The Standard Model and Its Many Quirks!
Rate the show five stars wherever you are listening or dark matter will forever remain elusive! Episode 81 features physicist Dr. Daniel Whiteson. We discuss the Standard Model of particle physics and all of the things it cannot explain. We also...
2020-Nov-11 • 33 minutes
Why This Universe? - Please Stop Emailing Dan About MOND!
This episode is part of the science podcast takeover extravaganza! Today only, The State of The Universe feed will be taken over by Dan Hooper and Shalma Wegsman, the hosts of Why This Universe? The biggest ideas in physics, broken down. Join...
2020-Oct-16 • 69 minutes
#80 - Dr. Jeyhan Kartaltepe - Galaxies, Galaxies, and More Galaxies!
Rate the show 5 stars wherever you listen to end the pandy! (that means pandemic... for the people who don't understand hip-lingo) Episode 80 features astrophysicist Dr. Jeyhan Kartaltepe. We discuss how galaxies have evolved from the soup at the very...
2020-Aug-27 • 88 minutes
#79 - Dr. Dan Hooper - Did NASA Really Detect a Parallel Universe!?!?
Rate the show 5 stars wherever you listen in order to solve world hunger... don't be selfish. Episode 79 features particle physicist and cosmologist Dr. Dan Hooper. We discuss that time "NASA Detected a Parallel Universe" and whether that story is...
2020-Jun-17 • 81 minutes
#78 - Brian McNoldy - Hurricanes and Climate Change, What's the Connection?
Rate the show 5 stars wherever you listen or corona season will never end... your choice. Episode 78 features hurricane expert Brian McNoldy. We discuss how climate change could impact hurricane development and formation in the future. Also,...
2020-May-07 • 85 minutes
#77 - Dr. Maura McLaughlin - Detecting the Ripples from Merging Supermassive Black Holes
Rate the show 5 stars wherever you listen or throw your phone into the interstate. Your choice... Episode 77 features Dr. Maura McLaughlin - an expert on pulsars and gravitational wave astronomy. We discuss gravitational waves, how we have detected...
2020-Apr-16 • 92 minutes
#76 - Peter Haas - Artificial Intelligence Should Scare You!
Rate the show 5 stars wherever you listen or you will be the first victim of the robot takeover... Your choice. Episode 76 features an expert in Artificial Intelligence, Peter Haas. Artificial intelligence and machine learning impact everyone's...
2020-Apr-09 • 103 minutes
#75 - Dr. Kevin Peter Hand - Exploring Alien Oceans
Rate the show 5 stars wherever you listen! Or we'll never get to Europa... Your choice. Episode 75 features Dr. Kevin Peter Hand. Kevin Peter Hand is a scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he has served as deputy chief scientist...
2020-Apr-08 • 90 minutes
#74 - Bernie Taylor - Finding the Origin of Dogs
Rate the show 5 stars wherever you listen! Or you hate dogs... Your choice. Episode 74 feature Bernie Taylor. Bernie Taylor is an author focused on topics at the intersection of archaeology, anthropology, and astronomy. In this episode we...
2020-Mar-28 • 81 minutes
#73 - Nate Stewart - The Difficulties of Getting to Mars!
Episode 73 features Nate Stewart. Nate is an Operations Planning Flight Controller at NASA's Johnson Space Center. The content of the episode does not represent the opinions of NASA or the United States government. It is solely the beliefs and...
2020-Mar-07 • 80 minutes
#71 - Dr. Joel Kastner - Watching Planets Form!
Episode 71 features Dr. Joel Kastner. We discuss how we search for young stars, what they can teach us about our own Sun and Solar System, how we observe planets forming, and much more! Joel Kastner is a Professor in the Center for Imaging Science and...
2020-Feb-18 • 95 minutes
#70 - Dr. Mike Poland - Yellowstone: The Gravity of the Situation
Episode 70 features Dr. Mike Poland. We discuss whether Yellowstone is at risk of another super eruption, how it is monitored, what precursors will indicate an oncoming eruption, probing volcanic activity with measurements of surface gravity, and much...
2020-Feb-05 • 110 minutes
#69 - Dr. David Warmflash - Let's Rover the Moon!
Episode 69 features Dr. David Warmflash. We discuss what will be achieved in spaceflight in the next decade, how commercial spaceflight will develop, the Columbia disaster, and how we can prevent people from getting duped by pseudoscience. Dr....
2020-Jan-29 • 84 minutes
#68 - Nate Stewart - The Rituals of Spaceflight!
Episode 68 features Nate Stewart. Nate is an Operations Planning Flight Controller at NASA's Johnson Space Center. The content of the episode does not represent the opinions of NASA. It is solely the beliefs and opinions of Nate Stewart. We discuss...
2020-Jan-09 • 116 minutes
#67 - Dr. David Fisher - How Human Spaceflight is Returning to the United States in 2020
Episode 67 features Spaceflight Historian and Physicist Dr. David Fisher. We discuss what was achieved in spaceflight in 2019, what we expect to achieve in 2020, how we will launch astronauts from American soil in 2020, how commercial spaceflight is...
2019-Nov-05 • 115 minutes
#66 - Dr. Dan Hooper - Can We Answer the Biggest Questions in Astrophysics?
Episode 66 features astrophysicist Dr. Dan Hooper. Dan is a Senior Scientist and the Head of the at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. He is also an Associate Professor in the at the University of Chicago. We...
2019-Oct-16 • 81 minutes
#65 - Dr. Josh Willis - OMG: The Oceans are Melting Greenland!
Episode 65 features Dr. Josh Willis. Josh Willis is an oceanographer and climate scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the lead scientist for the NASA mission Oceans Melting Greenland (or OMG, for short),...
2019-Oct-09 • 68 minutes
#64 - Bernie Taylor - Building the Thirty Meter Telescope: Unifying Science and Spirituality
Episode 64 of The State of The Universe features Bernie Taylor. Bernie Taylor is the author of Before Orion and an expert in prehistoric, indigenous and ancient peoples and cultures. Before Orion can be found at . The giveaway of...
2019-Sep-25 • 71 minutes
#63 - Dr. Brian Keating - What Existed Before the Big Bang?
Episode 63 of The State of The Universe features Dr. Brian Keating. Brian Keating is a professor of physics at the Center for Astrophysics & Space Sciences (CASS) in the Department of Physics at the and the Director of the Simons...
2019-Sep-17 • 42 minutes
#62 - There May Not be a Clear Solution to Climate Change!
In this episode Brendan discusses the dueling ideologies regarding a solution for climate change, why neither side seems to be working, the problems with building larger solar and wind farms, how other countries are failing to "go green",...
2019-Sep-03 • 87 minutes
#61 - Dr. Sara Mazrouei - How The Moon Teaches us About Our Past!
In this week's episode, Brendan is joined by astronomer Dr. Sara Mazrouei. Sara is a planetary scientist with a focus on The Moon and how we can use it to learn about the history of the Solar System. She is also a science communicator and the Space...
2019-Aug-23 • 19 minutes
#60 - Artificial Intelligence is Biased Because We Are! | Featuring Dr. Chris Kulp
In this episode, Brendan and Dr. Chris Kulp discuss the tendency for machine learning algorithms and artificial intelligence to be biased. How does this bias lead to a plethora of unintended and dangerous consequences? Dr. Chris Kulp is a Professor of...
2019-Aug-21 • 61 minutes
#59 - July 2019 was the Hottest Month on Record, How do we Know That?
In this episode, Brendan discusses the recent news that July 2019 was the warmest month on record. He answers a common misconception, how do even know the temperature of the Earth? Also, what can be done about the climate change problem? Furthermore,...
2019-Aug-13 • 103 minutes
#58 - Dr. John Hoopes - Pseudo-archeology Tries to Rewrite History; From Mayan 2012 "Prophecies" to Ancient Aliens.
In this week's episode, Brendan is joined by archeologist and anthropologist Dr. John Hoopes. Dr. John Hoopes is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Kansas and a Visiting Professor and Greenleaf Distinguished Chair of Latin American Studies...
2019-Aug-06 • 23 minutes
#57 - What Will Happen if The James Webb Space Telescope Fails? | Featuring Dr. Nathalie Ouellette
In this week's episode, Brendan and Astrophysicist Dr. Nathalie Ouellette answer the very important question - what do we do if the James Webb Space Telescope fails? Nathalie is the Coordinator for the at the and the Canadian...
2019-Jul-30 • 103 minutes
#56 - Dr. Chris Kulp - Machine Learning and the Big Data Revolution!
Episode 56 of The State of The Universe features Dr. Chris Kulp. Dr. Chris Kulp is a Professor of Physics at Lycoming College and an expert in Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos. He also specializes in machine learning. In this episode, Brendan...
2019-Jul-24 • 56 minutes
#55 - Is 5G Safe? | The Hottest June on Record has Passed!
In this episode Brendan discusses the next generation of cellular networks - 5G! Are they safe? What is so good about them? When will they be available? Brendan also discusses recent news that June 2019 was the hottest June ever recorded! Ask us...
2019-Jul-19 • 62 minutes
#54 - We Chose to go to The Moon 50 Years Ago! IT'S TIME WE GO AGAIN!
In this episode Brendan discusses his hatred for Apple, the Area 51 Raid, the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, the newest accomplishment of artificial intelligence, and more news of Fast Radio Bursts! Ask us questions in the comments below and we will...
2019-Jul-09 • 95 minutes
#53 - Dr. Nathalie Ouellette - Exoplanets and the James Webb Space Telescope
This week's episode features Astrophysicist Dr. Nathalie Ouellette. Nathalie is the Coordinator for the at the and the Canadian Outreach Scientist for the working with the ! Throughout this episode, Nathalie and Brendan discuss exoplanets, how we...
2019-Jul-05 • 103 minutes
#52 - Could Fast Radio Bursts be Aliens?, Helicopters on Mars, Quadcopters on Titan, and Buying Tickets to the ISS!
I do many interviews but I only upload a few to my own channel. I thought this appearance of mine on the Kev Baker Show was particularly informational. Kev asks me questions from every corner of the astrophysics gamut! We discuss fast radio bursts...
2019-Jun-19 • 19 minutes
#50 - Why did we Stop Going to the Moon? | Featuring Dr. David Fisher
In this episode, Brendan and Dr. David Fisher detail why we haven't been backed to the Moon in 47 years! Dr. David Fisher is a Professor of Physics at Lycoming College and a spaceflight historian. He has authored over 75 articles that have...
2019-Jun-13 • 94 minutes
#49 - Dr. Duncan Lorimer - What are Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs)?
Duncan Lorimer is a Professor of Physics and serves as Associate Dean for External Research Development in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences at West Virginia University (WVU) In 2007, his research group discovered a new type of object that had...
2019-Jun-04 • 124 minutes
#48 - Dr. David Fisher - We Must Return to The Moon!
In this episode, Brendan and Dr. David Fisher discuss cancel culture, how it impacts science outreach, why we stopped going to the Moon, the space race, how we are going to get back by 2024, commercial space travel, and so much more! Dr. David Fisher...
2019-May-31 • 53 minutes
#47 - The Pull Out Method... Works?
In this week's episode, Brendan discusses life expectancies across the world, depression, Blue Origin's new moon lander, Project Artemis, and the science behind the pull out method, yes, the pull out method! Ask us questions in the comments below and...
2019-May-17 • 16 minutes
#46 - Getting LIGO Funded | Featuring Dr. Rai Weiss | TSOTU Short
In this short episode, Brendan sits down with Dr. Rai Weiss to discuss the process that led to one of the most highly funded projects in the history of science, LIGO. To learn more about LIGO, visit: . Consider supporting the show by...
2019-May-14 • 102 minutes
#45 - Dr. David Warmflash - The History and Future of our Relationship with the Moon!
I will be giving away several copies of David's new book, titled . To see how you can be eligible for a copy, go to: This week Brendan sits down with Dr. David Warmflash to discuss the way the Moon has influenced life on Earth....
2019-May-09 • 91 minutes
#44 - Nate Stewart - We're Returning to the Moon!
This week Brendan sits down with Nate Stewart to discuss the famous 'black hole' image of M87, and the widespread efforts to get humans back on the Lunar surface in the next decade! Nate Stewart is a physicist and an ISS Operations Planning Flight...
2019-May-07 • 113 minutes
#43 - Exploring the Pseudoscience Spectrum!
In this episode, Brendan is interviewed on the Kev Baker Show. He discusses Dark Matter, Dark Energy, Anti-vaxxing, Flat Earth, and a bunch more! The Kev Baker Show is a very popular radio show/podcast. Kev has nearly 100,000 subscribers on his...
2019-Apr-24 • 68 minutes
#42 - Dr. Rai Weiss - Detecting Gravitational Waves and Winning a Nobel Prize in the Process
This week Brendan sits down with Dr. Rai Weiss to discuss gravitational waves, developing LIGO, getting a billion dollars in science funding, dropping out of college, winning the Nobel Prize and much more! Rai is an American , known for his...
2019-Apr-16 • 12 minutes
#41 - Can We Remove Carbon from the Atmosphere? | Featuring Dr. Stephen Pacala | TSOTU Short
This week Brendan discusses carbon capture technologies with Dr. Stephen Pacala. Dr. Pacala is Frederick D. Petrie Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University and Director of the Princeton Environmental Institute. He...
2019-Apr-12 • 10 minutes
#40 - Climate Change is Happening! Why Deny it? | Featuring Dr. Matt Fitzpatrick | TSOTU Short
In this TSOTU Short, Brendan and Dr. Matt Fitzpatrick discuss climate change denial. Dr. Matt Fitzpatrick is an Associate Professor and Ecologist at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science working in the Appalachian...
2019-Apr-06 • 14 minutes
#39 - Searching for Life on Europa | TSOTU Short
In this episode, Brendan is interviewed on the Kev Baker Show. He discussed where and how we should look for life and why the search will require creativity! The Kev Baker Show is a very popular radio show/podcast. Kev has nearly 100,000 subscribers...
2019-Apr-02 • 77 minutes
#38 - Dr. Matt Fitzpatrick - The Climate will feel very Different in 60 Years!
This week Brendan sits down with Dr. Matt Fitzpatrick to discuss climate change, mapping climate analogs, communicating climate science, feeling discouraged due to climate change denialism, and more! Dr. Matt Fitzpatrick is an Associate Professor and...
2019-Mar-28 • 8 minutes
#37 - How the Seasonal Flu Vaccine is Made featuring Dr. Peter Barlow | TSOTU Clip
Brendan sits down with Dr. Peter Barlow to discuss how the seasonal flu vaccine is made. Dr. Peter Barlow is an Associate Professor of Immunology and Infection, and Director of Research of the School of Applied Sciences at Edinburgh Napier...
2019-Mar-26 • 107 minutes
#36 - Where could we find Life Beyond Earth?
In this episode, Brendan is interviewed on the Kev Baker Show. He discusses Mars, Europa, finding life inside our solar system, SETI, and the possibility of traveling to exoplanets. The Kev Baker Show is a very popular radio show/podcast. Kev has...
2019-Mar-22 • 8 minutes
#35 - Is the Yellowstone Supervolcano due for an Eruption? featuring Dr. Michael Poland - TSOTU Clip
In this week's episode Brendan sits down with volcano expert Dr. Michael Poland to discuss a simple question - is Yellowstone due for an eruption? Mike is a research geophysicist with the Cascades Volcano Observatory and the current...
2019-Mar-18 • 102 minutes
#34 - Bernie Taylor - The Influence of Biological Time on Intelligent Life and how it could Change our View of Potentially Habitable Exoplanets
This week, Brendan sits down with Bernie Taylor. They discuss biological time, how the moon could play a crucial role in developing intelligent life, and what implications this could have on our ideas of potentially habitable exoplanets. Bernie Taylor...
2019-Mar-15 • 14 minutes
#33 - Discovering the First Fast Radio Burst featuring Dr. Duncan Lorimer - TSOTU Clips
In this clip Brendan is joined by Dr. Duncan Lorimer. They discuss how Duncan discovered the first fast radio burst (FRB) and what could be causing them. Duncan Lorimer is a Professor of Physics at West Virginia University and is interested in compact...
2019-Mar-12 • 65 minutes
#32 - Nate Stewart - How America is Returning to Human Spaceflight and The Purpose of the Lunar Gateway
This week Brendan sits down with Nate Stewart to discuss America's return to human spaceflight, the pros and cons of establishing a lunar gateway, getting to Mars, the death of the Opportunity rover, and much more! Be sure to support the show by...
2019-Mar-09 • 10 minutes
#31 - The Importance of Radical Ideas in Science featuring Dr. Priya Natarajan - TSOTU Clip
This is a clip from episode 29 of The State of The Universe. Dr. Priya Natarajan and Brendan discuss the role that radical ideas play in the evolution of scientific ideas and how we can explain the nature of scientific discovery to the public. Dr....
2019-Mar-06 • 8 minutes
#30 - How to Conceptualize a Black Hole featuring Dr. Priya Natarajan - TSOTU Clip
This is a clip from episode 29 of The State of The Universe. Dr. Priya Natarajan and Brendan discuss how black holes can be conceptualized. Dr. Natarajan is a theoretical astrophysicist interested in cosmology, gravitational lensing and black...
2019-Feb-28 • 85 minutes
#29 - Dr. Priya Natarajan - Dark Energy, Dark Matter, Black Holes, and Recognition in Science
Brendan sits down with Dr. Priya Natarajan. Dr. Natarajan is a theoretical astrophysicist interested in cosmology, gravitational lensing and black hole physics. In particular, she has focused on making dark matter maps of clusters of galaxies,...
2019-Feb-19 • 61 minutes
#28 - Dr. Peter Barlow - Curing the Common Cold, Flu Vaccines, and Pandemics
Brendan sits down with Dr. Peter Barlow. Dr. Peter Barlow is an Associate Professor of Immunology and Infection, and Director of Research of the School of Applied Sciences at Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland, UK. Peter previously...
2019-Feb-04 • 92 minutes
#27 - Dr. Julia Young - How History Can Help Us Understand Modern Immigration to the U.S.
This week on TSOTU Brendan is joined by Dr. Julia Young. Dr. Young is a historian of migration. Her prize-winning book, (Oxford University Press, 2015), examines Mexican religious exiles, political refugees, and labor emigrants in the...
2019-Jan-31 • 110 minutes
#26 - Brendan Gets Interviewed - Black Holes, Aliens, Fast Radio Bursts, and Flat Earthers
In this episode, Brendan is interviewed on the Kev Baker Show. He discusses Black Holes, Aliens, Fast Radio Bursts, and Flat Earthers. The Kev Baker Show is a very popular radio show/podcast. Kev has nearly 100,000 subscribers on his Youtube...
2019-Jan-23 • 56 minutes
#25 - Understanding Black Holes: What We Know and What We May Never Know
In this episode, Brendan talks about wrecking his car in a blizzard, supermassive black holes, neutron stars, quasars, and how our understanding of black holes has changed over decades. Be sure to support the show by leaving a rating or a review...
2019-Jan-14 • 104 minutes
#24 - 2018 Climate Change Recap, Fast Radio Bursts, and Putting Solar Panels on Trump's Wall
This week Brendan and Nate sit down to discuss climate change data for all of 2018, the temporarily shutdown Hubble Space Telescope camera, fast radio bursts, and utilizing Donald Trump's wall for energy generation. Be sure to support the show by...
2019-Jan-07 • 81 minutes
#23 - China on the Moon, Government Shutdown, and The ISS Hole
This week Brendan and Nate sit down to discuss the recent Chinese moon mission Chang'e 4, the impact of government shutdowns on science, the ISS hole, New Horizons, and a bunch of other stuff. Be sure to support the show by leaving a rating or a...
2019-Jan-01 • 99 minutes
#22 - Dr. Aysha Akhtar - The Impact of Factory Farming and Animal Testing on Human Health
This week's episode features Dr. Aysha Akhtar. Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H., is a double Board-certified neurologist and preventive medicine/public health specialist and she is demonstrating how there is a mutual benefit to both humans and animals...
2018-Dec-18 • 105 minutes
#21 - Nate Stewart - How Commercialization of Space Travel Can Lead Us To The New Space Age
In this episode, Brendan sits down with spaceflight expert Nate Stewart. They explore how commercialization of spaceflight will lead to advancements in space exploration during our lifetime. The Falcon 9 water landing video referenced in the...
2018-Dec-11 • 88 minutes
#20 - Dr. Stephen Pacala - Understanding Our Changing Climate and Carbon Mitigation
This week Brendan sits down with Dr. Stephen Pacala. Dr. Pacala is Frederick D. Petrie Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University and Director of the Princeton Environmental Institute. He also co-directs the Carbon...
2018-Dec-04 • 79 minutes
#19 - Nate Stewart - Climate Change and Revitalizing Space Exploration
This week Brendan sits down with Nate Stewart. They discuss climate change, North Sentinel Island, revitalizing space exploration efforts, the InSight Probe, and the future of industry in space. Be sure to support the show by leaving a rating or a...
2018-Nov-29 • 97 minutes
#18 - Dr. Ken Miller - Science Denial, Free Will, and Finding Common Ground Between God and Evolution
This week Brendan sits down with Dr. Ken Miller. Dr. Miller is a Professor of Biology at Brown University and is also one of the foremost advocates for science education specifically as it applies to Evolution. He was the expert witness in the famous...
2018-Nov-21 • 72 minutes
#17 - Dr. Michael Poland - Monitoring the Yellowstone Supervolcano and Predicting Eruptions
In this week's episode Brendan sits down with volcano expert Dr. Michael Poland. Mike is a research geophysicist with the Cascades Volcano Observatory and the current Scientist-in-Charge of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory. Mike has taken part...
2018-Nov-14 • 85 minutes
#16 - Dr. Maura McLaughlin - Gravitational Waves, NANOGrav and the Pulsar Search Collaboratory
Dr. Maura McLaughlin is a distinguished professor of physics and astronomy at West Virginia University. She is also the chair of the NANOGrav collaboration and the co-director of the Pulsar Search Collaboratory (PSC). More information about...
2018-Oct-31 • 96 minutes
#15 - Dr. Duncan Lorimer - Pulsars, Discovering Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs), and Creating Music
In this episode Brendan is joined by Dr. Duncan Lorimer. Duncan Lorimer is a Professor of Physics at West Virginia University and is interested in compact objects (black holes, neutron stars and white dwarfs) which he studies using radio pulsars. In...
2018-Oct-10 • 104 minutes
#12 - Bernie Taylor - Before Orion, The First Astronomers, Astrology, and Recognizing Genius
Bernie Taylor is an independent naturalist, thought leader and author whose research explores the mythological connections and biological knowledge among prehistoric, indigenous and ancient peoples. His works in these areas include Biological...
2018-Oct-03 • 56 minutes
#10 - Dr. Sam Sternberg - CRISPR, GMO's, and Bioethics
Samuel H. Sternberg, PhD, is a protein-RNA biochemist and CRISPR expert. He runs a research laboratory at Columbia University, where he is assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics. He is the co-author,...
2018-Sep-26 • 47 minutes
#9 - Dr. Brian Keating - Reforming the Nobel Prize
This episode features Dr. Brian Keating. Brian is a professor of physics at the Center for Astrophysics & Space Sciences (CASS) in the Department of Physics at the University of California, San Diego. He is also the author of "Losing the...
2018-Sep-24 • 40 minutes
#8 - James Barrat - Will Artificial Intelligence Destroy Us?
James Barrat is an author and a producer and director of documentaries. His book Our Final Invention "explores how the pursuit of Artificial Intelligence challenges our existence with machines that won’t love us or hate us, but whose...
2018-Sep-12 • 97 minutes
#6 - Dr. Joan Nichols - Bioengineering Lungs, Health Effects of Space Travel, and Succeeding in Science
Dr. Joan E. Nichols is a Professor of Internal Medicine, and Microbiology and Immunology and the Associate Director of the Galveston National Laboratory at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Her recent work has shown that lungs grown...
2018-Sep-05 • 74 minutes
#5 - Dr. Francis Halzen - Detecting Neutrinos, MultiMessenger Astronomy, and The IceCube Neutrino Observatory
Dr. Francis Halzen is a Professor of Physics at The University of Wisconsin - Madison and the principal investigator of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory and earlier this year his name was attached to an incredible discovery and advancement for the...
2018-Aug-29 • 94 minutes
#4 - Dr. David Fisher - Space Force, Going Back To The Moon, and Politics
Dr. David Fisher is a Professor of Physics at Lycoming College and a spaceflight historian by practice. He has been an avid collector of spaceflight memorabilia for decades and has documented historical information regarding human efforts in space for...
2018-Aug-22 • 105 minutes
#3 - Dr. Darold Treffert - Savant Syndrome, Psychedelics, and Paranormal Experiences
Dr. Darold Treffert is a retired psychiatrist and current researcher in the fields of savant syndrome and autism. Darold has appeared on 60 Minutes, CBS Evening News, McNeil/Lehrer Newshour, Larry King, Today, Donahue, Oprah, Discovery Channel....
2018-Aug-17 • 77 minutes
#2 - Dr. Nicole Gugliucci - Making Citizen Science Successful, Compensating Citizen Scientists, and Overpopulation
Dr. Nicole Gugliucci is a Professor of Astronomy at St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH. She is an expert in radio astronomy and citizen science. In this episode we discuss getting citizens involved in science and how to retain and motivate those...
2018-Aug-17 • 111 minutes
#1 - Dr. Chris Kulp - Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence
Dr. Chris Kulp is a Professor of Physics at Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA and an avid researcher in the field of nonlinear dynamics and chaos. He specializes in Nonlinear Time Series Analysis. In this episode, we discuss nonlinear and chaotic...