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Podcast Profile: Daniel and Jorge Explain the Universe

podcast imageTwitter: @DanielandJorge@DanielWhiteson@PHDcomics (@PHDcomics followed by 429 accounts on physicist, mathematician, and astronomer lists)
Site: sites.uci.edu/danielandjorge
397 episodes
2018 to present
Average episode: 45 minutes
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Categories: Multidisciplinary • Physics • Two Hosts

Podcaster's summary: A fun-filled discussion of the big, mind-blowing, unanswered questions about the Universe. In each episode, Daniel Whiteson (a Physicist who works at CERN) and Jorge Cham (a popular online cartoonist) discuss some of the simple but profound questions that people have been wondering about for thousands of years, explaining the science in a fun, shorts-wearing and jargon-free way.

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List Updated: 2022-Jun-29 11:52 UTC. Episodes: 397. Feedback: @TrueSciPhi.

Episodes
2022-Jun-28 • 60 minutes
Do photons bump into each other?
Daniel and Jorge bump brains and talk about whether beams of light interact or pass through each other. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2022-Jun-23 • 58 minutes
Listener Questions about Annihilation
Daniel and Jorge answer questions about anti-muons, Daniel's research, and dimensional weapons. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2022-Jun-21 • 57 minutes
What is Energy?
Daniel and Jorge tackle some of one of the simplest but trickiest concepts in physics. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2022-Jun-16 • 46 minutes
Could aliens teach us science?
Daniel talks to Sam Kimpton-Nye about whether aliens do science the same way we do. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2022-Jun-14 • 55 minutes
Can the Earth survive when the Sun expands?
Daniel and Kelly talk about how we use our smarts to survive the changing conditions in the far future solar system. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2022-Jun-09 • 57 minutes
What will the next generation of space telescopes reveal?
Daniel and Jorge talk about the plans for a new set of Great Observatories in space, and what it might show us about the Universe. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2022-Jun-07 • 59 minutes
Could the Universe be shaped like a donut?
Daniel and Jorge talk about how much dark chocolate can fit in Universes of various shapes and sizes. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2022-Jun-02 • 60 minutes
Where is most of Earth's water?
Daniel and Katie drink deeply of the mystery of the Earth's formation and contents and talk about whether Earth's water might be hiding deep within the planet. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2022-May-31 • 55 minutes
What if gravity were much stronger?
Daniel and Jorge answer listener questions about gravity, the CMB and distant disappearing objects! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2022-May-26 • 57 minutes
What does our black hole look like?
Daniel and Jorge talk about the recent picture of the black hole at the heart of the Milky Way See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2022-May-24 • 55 minutes
Is the whole Universe spinning?
Daniel and Jorge talk about whether the whole Universe can spin, and whether it is. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2022-May-19 • 59 minutes
What is a particle?
Daniel and Jorge grapple with this particularly tricky and philosophical question. Music credit: https://theamberbugs.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2022-May-17 • 57 minutes
Can we defend the Earth from deadly space rocks?
Daniel and Kelly talk about where space rocks come from, how dangerous they are and what humanity can do about it. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2022-May-12 • 51 minutes
What does the NICER telescope study?
Daniel and Jorge explain how an X-ray telescope works and what it reveals about the inside of neutron stars. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2022-May-10 • 51 minutes
Can we escape a black hole with a warp drive or wormhole?
Daniel and Jorge talk about whether loopholes and wormholes will let you escape black holes. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2022-May-07 • 65 minutes
Creature Feature: The Physics of Animal Color
An episode of Creature Feature where Daniel and Katie talk about the physics of how animals look so brilliant, and how some people can see in the UV. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2022-May-05 • 73 minutes
Can the human eye see a single photon?
Daniel and Katie talk about the physics of color and whether the eyeball is a quantum measurement device. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2022-May-04 • 2 minutes
Introducing: Spyology Squad
Hi, Daniel and Jorge fans! If the children in your life are as curious as you are, we have the perfect podcast for them. Spyology Squad is an adventurous and educational podcast for kids 6-12 who love science and solving problems. Check out the trailer to see if this show is what the little ones you love will enjoy! Show description: Packed with adventure every week! In Spyology Squad, you’ll follow Jayden, Ava, and Mr. Jim as they work to defeat Dr. Stinkybreath and his Purple Ninjas! Every week we’ll lea...
2022-May-03 • 52 minutes
What came first matter or energy?
Daniel and Jorge answer listener questions about the solar system and the early Universe. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2022-Apr-28 • 58 minutes
What can neutrinos teach us about supernovas?
Daniel and Jorge explore what we can learn about the Universe's biggest explosions using ghostly particles. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2022-Apr-26 • 59 minutes
Is the W boson too massive?
Daniel and Jorge talk about the recent measurement of the W mass that shocked particle physicists. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2022-Apr-21 • 68 minutes
Is nuclear power worth the risks?
Daniel and Kelly talk about whether we need nuclear power to reduce carbon emissions, and whether it can be done safely. https://www.smbc-comics.com/soonish/lo... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2022-Apr-19 • 52 minutes
The science fiction universe of "Lost in Space"
Daniel and Jorge talk to Kari Drake, writer on "Lost in Space" about the science of that Universe See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2022-Apr-14 • 49 minutes
What are zombie stars?
Daniel and Jorge talk about stars that die, and then come back to shine again! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2022-Apr-11 • 53 minutes
What if the speed of light were slower?
Daniel and Jorge answer listener questions about ice ages, black holes and the speed of light. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2022-Apr-07 • 76 minutes
Is it dangerous to send messages to aliens?
Daniel and Jorge talk about whether attempts to communicate with extra terrestrial civilizations are worth the risk. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2022-Apr-05 • 53 minutes
Are there particles that don't have anti-particles?
Daniel and Jorge discuss whether Majorana particles are real, and crack a real life mystery about the fate of Ettore Majorana. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2022-Mar-31 • 51 minutes
How big can a comet get?
Daniel and Katie talk about the biggest possible scoop of solar-system gelato, and what it might mean for the future of humanity! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2022-Mar-29 • 53 minutes
What could aliens teach us about the Universe?
What could aliens teach us about the Universe?
2022-Mar-24 • 46 minutes
What will the new probes to Venus reveal?
Daniel and Jorge talk about the mysteries of Venus and what the next generation of probes might teach us. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2022-Mar-22 • 57 minutes
Could we build a particle collider on the moon?
Daniel and Katie talk about what such a huge collider could reveal, and whether it would be a good idea. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2022-Mar-17 • 47 minutes
Can molton salt reactors produce electricity safely?
Daniel and Jorge talk about alternative designs for fission plants that could produce electricity much more safely. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2022-Mar-15 • 59 minutes
How to take over the world
Daniel and Jorge talk to Ryan North about how to use science to become a supervillain Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2022-Mar-10 • 51 minutes
Can we put black holes to work for us?
Daniel and Jorge discuss how the twisted spacetime around a spinning black hole can be used to pull energy from a black hole. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2022-Mar-08 • 51 minutes
Why do stars twinkle?
Daniel and Jorge sing a scientific song about the many reasons a star might twinkle. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2022-Mar-03 • 50 minutes
What is dark radiation?
What is dark radiation?
2022-Mar-01 • 59 minutes
What is the future of exoplanet research?
What is the future of exoplanet research?
2022-Feb-24 • 50 minutes
Where does the Higgs get its mass?
Where does the Higgs get its mass?
2022-Feb-22 • 49 minutes
Can you roast a marshmallow in space, and other listener questions.
Can you roast a marshmallow in space, and other listener questions.
2022-Feb-17 • 50 minutes
Is there Uranium on Uranus?
Is there Uranium on Uranus?
2022-Feb-15 • 47 minutes
Does the Universe have a preferred direction?
Does the Universe have a preferred direction?
2022-Feb-10 • 51 minutes
Why does the Higgs boson like Mexican hats?
Daniel and Jorge talk about the strange properties of the Higgs boson, and why its special powers are linked to a sombrero. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2022-Feb-08 • 55 minutes
Can we build a wormhole?
Daniel and Jorge talk about the latest ideas for how to make human portals to distant space. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2022-Feb-03 • 48 minutes
Listener questions about alien tech, the Earth's orbit and its future!
Daniel and Jorge answer questions from listeners like you. Submit your questions to [email protected] Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2022-Feb-01 • 58 minutes
Is there an explanation for the Universe, or is it random?
Daniel and Katie explore the anthropic principle and whether it can provide some understanding of why the Universe is the way it is. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2022-Jan-27 • 56 minutes
The next revolution in theoretical physics
Daniel and Jorge explain Constructor Theory, a new way to approach building theories of everything. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2022-Jan-25 • 48 minutes
Could our galaxy have a dark matter center?
Daniel and Jorge explore the idea that the center of the galaxy might hold a huge blob of dark matter rather than a black hole. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2022-Jan-20 • 56 minutes
Could life have started much earlier in the Universe?
Daniel and Katie talk about what life needs and whether it could have started much earlier in the Universe. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2022-Jan-18 • 51 minutes
The mysterious phenomenon of turning sound into light
Daniel and Jorge talk about sonoluminescence, a mystery that has evaded explanation for almost 100 years. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2022-Jan-13 • 50 minutes
Do we know where dark matter is?
Daniel and Jorge talk about where dark matter is in the Universe. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2022-Jan-11 • 45 minutes
What's happening to the Hyades Cluster?
Daniel and Kelly talk about the dramatic brutal cosmic fate of the Hyades Cluster. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2022-Jan-06 • 56 minutes
Why black holes are actually bright.
Daniel and Jorge talk about the incredible, ironic brightness of black holes. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2022-Jan-04 • 53 minutes
What happens when stars collide?
Daniel and Jorge talk about the chances of two stars smashing, and whether we could survive. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-Dec-30 • 52 minutes
Did this particle cause the Big Bang?
Daniel and Jorge talk about the inflaton particle, and whether its responsible for EVERYTHING. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-Dec-28 • 51 minutes
What if the asteroid hadn't killed the dinosaurs?
Daniel and Jorge answer listener questions and give a special birthday shout out. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-Dec-23 • 50 minutes
Could quantum mechanics be deterministic?
Daniel talks to Prof. Valia Allori about the theory of Bohmian Mechanics, a deterministic alternative to traditional Quantum Mechanics. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-Dec-21 • 52 minutes
What is Zodiacal Light?
Daniel and Jorge talk about the amazing physics of space DUST. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-Dec-16 • 46 minutes
Will starlink spoil astronomy?
Daniel and Jorge talk about how megaconstellations of satellites might spoil our view of the Universe. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-Dec-14 • 50 minutes
Can something be both a conductor and insulator?
Daniel and Jorge talk about the recent revolution in solid state physics that has led to weird new materials. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-Dec-09 • 51 minutes
Did our Universe evolve?
Daniel and Jorge discuss the theory of Cosmological Natural Selection Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-Dec-07 • 44 minutes
How should we search for extra terrestrial intelligence?
Daniel talks to Jill Tarter, longtime head of the SETI program, about how to look for alien intelligence Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-Dec-02 • 51 minutes
Things that glow in the dark
Daniel and Jorge talk about the biology, chemistry and physics of glowing. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-Nov-30 • 47 minutes
Kids questions about the Universe!
Daniel and Jorge answer questions from kids about black holes, diamond planets and faster-than-light travel! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-Nov-25 • 56 minutes
The Many-Worlds Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics
Daniel talks to Sean Carroll about the quantum multiverse, and whether it is real Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-Nov-23 • 46 minutes
Could a solar flare wipe out humanity?
Daniel and Jorge explain the physics of our chaotic Sun and why its so hard to predict whether or not it might kill us! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-Nov-18 • 48 minutes
How to be a supervillain with physics.
Daniel and Jorge answer questions from aspiring supervillains, helping with their schemes. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-Nov-16 • 51 minutes
How do we measure the speed of light?
Daniel and Jorge talk about the history of how we measured this fastest of all velocities! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-Nov-11 • 46 minutes
Why do we think dark matter is made of particles?
Daniel and Jorge explore the "WIMP Miracle", which convinced a lot of physicists that dark matter was a particle. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-Nov-09 • 54 minutes
How did exotic particles change the Universe?
Daniel and Jorge talk about why all those weird heavy particles might actually be critical to the Universe Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-Nov-04 • 49 minutes
What is Relational Quantum Mechanics?
What is Relational Quantum Mechanics?
2021-Nov-02 • 48 minutes
Frequently Asked Listener Questions About the Universe!
Daniel and Jorge's new book "Frequently Asked Questions about the Universe" is out today! Order your copy at universefaq.com Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-Oct-28 • 47 minutes
Why does gravity slow down time?
Daniel and Jorge explore why time slows down when space is curved Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-Oct-26 • 52 minutes
How do you spot a wormhole?
Daniel and Jorge ask if it's possible to tell if there's a wormhole nearby Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-Oct-21 • 43 minutes
Are black holes really black holes?
Daniel and Jorge explore the question of whether black holes are actually "dark stars" Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-Oct-19 • 51 minutes
Are neutrinos hiding the dark matter?
Daniel and Jorge talk about how dark matter might be hiding under the "neutrino floor" Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-Oct-14 • 45 minutes
Black Hole Questions!
Daniel and Jorge answer listener questions about black holes Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-Oct-12 • 49 minutes
What is a quantum eraser?
Daniel and Jorge step through the details of a mind-boggling version of the double slit experiment. Check out their new book: universefaq.com Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-Oct-07 • 51 minutes
How many generations of stars will there be?
Daniel and Jorge break down the life cycle of stars and estimate how many more stars will be born in our Universe. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-Oct-05 • 51 minutes
Is time pixelated?
Is time pixelated?
2021-Sep-30 • 54 minutes
What hidden symmetry is controlling the Universe?
Daniel and Jorge dive deep into quantum theory and explain gauge symmetry, the foundation of all modern physics. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-Sep-28 • 44 minutes
Do fission reactors occur naturally?
Do fission reactors occur naturally?
2021-Sep-23 • 50 minutes
Does the Universe need cause and effect?
Does the Universe need cause and effect?
2021-Sep-21 • 50 minutes
Does the weak force attract or repel?
Does the weak force attract or repel?
2021-Sep-16 • 48 minutes
Is the Universe a hologram?
Is the Universe a hologram?
2021-Sep-14 • 46 minutes
Listener Questions 17: hamsters, black holes and higgs fields!
Listener Questions 17: hamsters, black holes and higgs fields!
2021-Sep-09 • 52 minutes
Can you be motionless in space?
Can you be motionless in space?
2021-Sep-07 • 52 minutes
Why don't we have electric airplanes?
Why don't we have electric airplanes?
2021-Sep-02 • 58 minutes
What will the Giant Magellan Telescope show us?
What will the Giant Magellan Telescope show us?
2021-Aug-31 • 44 minutes
What is a space hurricane?
What is a space hurricane?
2021-Aug-26 • 49 minutes
What's a proton made of?
What's a proton made of?
2021-Aug-24 • 51 minutes
What if our particles were different?
What if our particles were different?
2021-Aug-19 • 47 minutes
What is a light cone?
Daniel and Jorge explain how the speed of light limits how events play out in the Universe. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-Aug-17 • 49 minutes
How many particles has the Large Hadron Collider discovered?
Daniel and Jorge reveal that the Large Hadron Collider has found much more than just the Higgs boson! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-Aug-12 • 47 minutes
Why is the three-body problem so hard?
Daniel and Jorge talk about why something so simple is one of the oldest and hardest problems in physics. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-Aug-10 • 47 minutes
How many stars can a solar system have?
Daniel and Jorge talk about binary star systems, trinary star systems and totally bonkers star systems with even more stars! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-Aug-05 • 47 minutes
Listener Questions 16: pictures from space, antimatter stars and Jupiter-eating aliens!
Daniel and Jorge answer questions from listeners like you! Have questions? Send them to [email protected]
2021-Aug-03 • 44 minutes
Can we use the galaxy as a gravitational wave detector?
Daniel explains how pulsars can be used as a galaxy-sized physics experiment.
2021-Jul-29 • 45 minutes
How does a plasma thruster work?
Will a plasma-based spaceship engine let humanity zoom between planets?
2021-Jul-27 • 46 minutes
Can you outrun a flash of light?
Daniel and Jorge talk about whether its possible to outrun the fastest thing in the Universe Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-Jul-22 • 46 minutes
How were pulsars discovered?
Daniel recounts the story of how pulsars were discovered and what they tell us about the death of stars. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-Jul-20 • 64 minutes
The SF Universe of Cadwell Turnbull's "The Lesson"
Daniel and Jorge talk about the connections between science and art and discuss the science and politics of Cadwell Turnbull's "The Lesson" Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-Jul-15 • 52 minutes
What's the cosmic gravitational background?
Daniel and Jorge explain how we might be able to listen to a new kind of gravitational hiss and what secrets it could reveal. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-Jul-13 • 77 minutes
What do the Navy UFO videos really mean?
Daniel talks to Mick West, expert UFO-video analyzer, to understand what we are seeing in the Navy UFO videos. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-Jul-08 • 55 minutes
Is infinity real or just mathematical?
Daniel and guest host Katie Goldin search for examples of infinity in the Universe. Does it only exist in our minds? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-Jul-06 • 54 minutes
How many moons does the Earth have?
Daniel and guest host Kelly Weinersmith count the number of moons orbiting the Earth! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-Jul-01 • 47 minutes
Listener Questions: photon information, simulated Universes and Daniel's fantasy science budget
Daniel answers questions from real listeners like you. Submit your questions to [email protected] Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-Jun-29 • 58 minutes
The SF Universe of Essa Hansen's novel "Nophek Gloss"
Daniel and Jorge break down the science in the science fiction novel "Nophek Gloss" by debut author Essa Hansen. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-Jun-24 • 51 minutes
Is it possible to have a two-dimensional object?
Daniel and Jorge slice the Universe infinitely thin and talk about the theory and practice of 2D materials
2021-Jun-22 • 45 minutes
Are there stars made of dark matter?
Daniel and Jorge talk about what it takes to make a star and whether dark matter could pull it off
2021-Jun-17 • 46 minutes
Where are all the medium-sized black holes?
Daniel and Jorge search for the missing black holes that are not too small or too big, but right in the middle!
2021-Jun-15 • 48 minutes
How was the cosmic microwave background discovered?
Daniel and Jorge go through the crazy story of missed opportunties, accidental observations that led to one of the greatest science discoveries of all time.
2021-Jun-10 • 46 minutes
How many Higgs bosons are there?
Daniel and Jorge explain why our Universe might have more than just one Higgs boson, and what they should be called.
2021-Jun-08 • 48 minutes
Where did the Earth's atmosphere come from?
Daniel and Jorge explain where the air you breathe came from, and whether there's hope for deep breaths on exoplanets.
2021-Jun-03 • 44 minutes
What did we learn from the Arecibo Radio Telescope?
Daniel and Jorge tell the story of the construction, the scientific insights and the collapse of the Arecibo Radio Telescope in Puerto Rico
2021-Jun-01 • 59 minutes
Why does measuring a quantum object change it?
Daniel chats with Adam Becker about the "measurement problem" in quantum mechanics: does the wavefunction collapse, and what causes it?
2021-May-27 • 52 minutes
Can there be life INSIDE a black hole?
Daniel and guest host Katie Goldin talk about astro-blackhole-biology and whether it's possible to have life evolve inside a black hole.
2021-May-25 • 41 minutes
Listener Questions: the expanding observable Universe, what it's like to be a photon and the age of the Universe
Daniel answers questions from listeners like you! Got questions? Come to Daniel's public office hours: https://sites.uci.edu/daniel/public-office-hours/ ... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-May-20 • 43 minutes
What is Frame Dragging?
Daniel and Jorge explain how space can get twisted up around spinning objects.
2021-May-18 • 52 minutes
Is space-based solar power realistic?
Daniel and guest host Kelly Weinersmith talk about getting solar power FROM SPACE!
2021-May-13 • 42 minutes
Does Mars Have a Liquid Center?
Daniel and Jorge crack open the red planet and talk about whether it is totally solid, or whether it still has liquid flowing inside!
2021-May-11 • 53 minutes
What's the most promising theory of EVERYTHING?
Daniel and Jorge talk about string theory, loop quantum gravity, M-theory, p-branes, geometric unity and ice cream!
2021-May-06 • 47 minutes
What's the most powerful volcano in the Solar System?
Daniel and Jorge break down how volcanos work and blow up your idea of what makes a powerful volcano blow.
2021-May-04 • 46 minutes
Can the Universe exist without space?
Daniel and Jorge break down the Universe to its most basic level and ask if space is necessary
2021-Apr-29 • 58 minutes
The Science Fiction Universe of SB Divya
Daniel interviews SB Divya about her new novel "Machinehood" which explores whether machines can be self-aware.
2021-Apr-27 • 46 minutes
Can brains spontaneously form in space?
Can brains spontaneously form in space?
2021-Apr-22 • 43 minutes
Listener Questions: Black Holes, Dark Entropy and a Radio Free Zone!
Daniel and Jorge answer questions from listeners like you! Got questions? Come to Daniel's public office hours: https://sites.uci.edu/daniel/public-office-hours/...
2021-Apr-20 • 44 minutes
Did CERN just discover a new particle, using penguins?
Daniel and Jorge explain the exciting new results from the LHCb experiment! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-Apr-15 • 45 minutes
Did Fermilab just discover a new particle?
Daniel and Jorge talk about the result of the g-2 experiment at Fermilab and what it means! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See... omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-Apr-13 • 55 minutes
Have we solved the black hole information paradox?
Daniel and Jorge break down recent advances in quantum gravity!
2021-Apr-08 • 44 minutes
What's a Tesseract?
Daniel and Jorge talk about 4-dimensional cubes, life in the 4th dimension and the Infinity Stones!
2021-Apr-06 • 46 minutes
Did Jupiter once have a different orbit?
Daniel and guest host Kelly Weinersmith explore the dramatic story of Jupiter's wandering orbits
2021-Apr-01 • 47 minutes
What's the heaviest stable element?
Daniel and Jorge take a trip to the theoretical Island of Stability and talk about super heavy elements
2021-Mar-30 • 42 minutes
What's the Huge Large Quasar Group?
Daniel and Jorge talk about quasars, large groups of quasars and HUGE LARGE groups of quasars!
2021-Mar-25 • 47 minutes
What is the Space Roar?
Daniel and Jorge talk about the mysterious, unexplained "space roar" and whether its a clue about something new in the Universe.
2021-Mar-23 • 45 minutes
What was the pioneer anomaly?
Daniel and Jorge dig into the mystery of why the Pioneer spacecraft's path surprised scientists.
2021-Mar-18 • 49 minutes
The Science Finction Universe of Lindsay Ellis
Daniel and Jorge talk about the Universe of Lindsay Ellis' novel "Axiom's End"
2021-Mar-16 • 46 minutes
Daniel answers Listener Questions about black holes, antimatter stars and why the Universe exists!
Daniel answers questions from listeners like you! Got questions? Come to Daniel's public office hours: https://sites.uci.edu/daniel/public-office-hours/...
2021-Mar-11 • 47 minutes
Why does our Universe have a Cold Spot?
Daniel and Jorge explain why scientists are puzzling over a massive cold spot in the sky.
2021-Mar-09 • 48 minutes
What are boson stars?
Daniel and Jorge talk about whether its possible to have stars made out of bosons!
2021-Mar-04 • 45 minutes
Daniel answers Listener Questions about the smell of space, the electroweak force and spotting distant aliens.
Daniel answers questions from listeners like you! Got questions? Come to Daniel's public office hours: https://sites.uci.edu/daniel/public-office-hours/...
2021-Mar-02 • 45 minutes
What are globular clusters?
Daniel and guest host Katie Goldin explore the mysteries of these weird, ancient blobs of stars.
2021-Feb-25 • 41 minutes
What is a Quantum Dot?
Daniel and Jorge break down the quantum world into tiny dots that have amazing properties.
2021-Feb-23 • 37 minutes
Daniel answers Listener Questions about diamond rain on Jupiter, travel near the speed of light and the tilt of Uranus.
Daniel answers questions from listeners like you! Got questions? Come to Daniel's public office hours: https://sites.uci.edu/daniel/public-office-hours/...
2021-Feb-18 • 41 minutes
Can we see evidence of a previous Universe?
Daniel and Jorge explain Roger Penrose's Conformal Cyclic Cosmology and what it means about the origins of the Universe.
2021-Feb-16 • 50 minutes
Can we build an invisibility cloak?
Daniel and guest host Kelly Weinersmith break down the science and science-fiction of invisibility.
2021-Feb-11 • 39 minutes
Daniel answers Listener Questions about hawking radiation, 5G networks and wireless phone chargers!
Daniel answers questions from listeners like you! Got questions? Come to Daniel's public office hours: https://sites.uci.edu/daniel/public-office-hours/...
2021-Feb-09 • 45 minutes
What's a Time Crystal?
Daniel and guest host Katie Goldin talk about the crazy and real science of time crystals
2021-Feb-04 • 47 minutes
What's the biggest star in the Universe?
Daniel and Jorge talk about mind-blowingly huge balls of burning gas.
2021-Feb-02 • 43 minutes
Daniel answers Listener Questions about closed time-like curves, force fields, and the lifetime of the Earth's magnetic field
Daniel answers questions from listeners like you! Got questions? Come to Daniel's public office hours: https://sites.uci.edu/daniel/public-office-hours/...
2021-Jan-28 • 47 minutes
How do we know the mass of stars?
Daniel talks about how astronomers can measure or deduce the mass of a star, and why it controls its fate.
2021-Jan-26 • 41 minutes
Listener Questions 14: Black holes, aliens and zombies!
Daniel and Jorge talk about what kind of elements are inside a black hole, how to respond to aliens and whether physicists are useful or useless in a zombie apocalypse.
2021-Jan-21 • 39 minutes
Can a planet be bigger than its star?
What counts as a planet and is it possible for it to outweigh or outsize its parent star?
2021-Jan-19 • 46 minutes
Daniel answers Listener Questions about how to read science headlines, gravitational slingshots, lorentz symmetry and the speed of light!
Daniel answers questions from listeners like you! Got questions? Come to Daniel's public office hours: https://sites.uci.edu/daniel/public-office-hours/...
2021-Jan-14 • 48 minutes
Can we see planets in other galaxies?
Daniel and Jorge talk about how astronomers are trying to detect planets in far away galaxies!
2021-Jan-12 • 48 minutes
Daniel answers Listener Questions about a donut Universe, mirrors and black holes!
Daniel answers questions from listeners like you! Got questions? Come to Daniel's public office hours: https://sites.uci.edu/daniel/public-office-hours/...
2021-Jan-07 • 44 minutes
Why can’t we see quantum effects in everyday objects?
Daniel and Jorge talk about quantum decoherence and why big things don't act like quantum particles.
2021-Jan-05 • 44 minutes
Is space filled with infinite energy?
Daniel and Jorge tackle the confusing conundrum of the Casimir Effect and quantum zero-point energy
2020-Dec-31 • 45 minutes
Daniel answers Listener Questions about energy conservation, inflation and space dust!
Daniel answers questions from listeners like you! Got questions? Come to Daniel's public office hours: https://sites.uci.edu/daniel/public-office-hours/...
2020-Dec-29 • 45 minutes
How was radiation discovered?
X-rays, U-rays, and cosmic rays! Hear the story for how we came to understand that our world is filled with invisible dangers.
2020-Dec-24 • 42 minutes
Are there centaurs in outer space?
Centaurs are real, but not on Earth. Daniel and Jorge talk about the weird objects astronomers call a "space centaur"
2020-Dec-22 • 45 minutes
Is there matter that is not made of particles?
Is it possible that matter could be made of something that's not particles?
2020-Dec-17 • 53 minutes
What will the DragonFly mission find on Titan?
NASA is building an awesome drone to fly around the surface of Saturn's moon. What will it find?
2020-Dec-15 • 46 minutes
What's the fastest spinning thing in the Universe?
Part of their "Extreme Universe" series, Daniel and Jorge make your head spin with all of the crazy spinning objects in the Universe.
2020-Dec-10 • 43 minutes
Daniel answers Listener Questions about the size of the Universe, what's in intergalactic space and why gravity dominates the Universe.
Daniel answers questions from listeners like you! Got questions? Come to Daniel's public office hours.
2020-Dec-08 • 39 minutes
Daniel answers Listener Questions about dark matter, black holes and particle colliders
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2020-Dec-03 • 45 minutes
What happened in the dark ages of the Universe?
Before the stars and galaxies formed, the Universe was dark and foggy for hundreds of millions of years!
2020-Dec-01 • 45 minutes
Can you undress a black hole?
Daniel and Jorge talk about whether it's possible to observe a "naked singularity"
2020-Nov-26 • 42 minutes
The Sticky Story of the Gluon's Discovery
What is the gluon and how was it discovered? Daniel and Jorge take us through the dramatic events.
2020-Nov-24 • 48 minutes
What's it like to fall into a black hole?
Take a cosmic field trip with Daniel and Jorge, as they guide you on a thought experiment into the heart of the most mysterious objects in the Universe.
2020-Nov-19 • 42 minutes
Listener Questions 13: Space water, wormhole colliders and boxes of dark matter
Daniel and Jorge answer questions from listeners, like you! Submit yours, to [email protected]
2020-Nov-17 • 50 minutes
The SF Universe of Max Barry
In Max Barry's new novel "Providence", humanity runs into aliens. It doesn't go well.
2020-Nov-12 • 44 minutes
What's the Oldest Thing in the Universe?
Daniel and Jorge talk about the age of stars, galaxies, black holes and more!
2020-Nov-10 • 44 minutes
The surprising shape of the Milky Way
How do we know the shape of our galaxy, since we're stuck in the middle of it?
2020-Nov-05 • 41 minutes
How to land a robot on an asteroid
NASA sent Osiris-Rex to scoop a cup of dirt from an asteroid ... using a pogo stick!
2020-Nov-03 • 47 minutes
The mysterious sources of the Van Allen radiation belts
Daniel and Jorge talk about the strange belts of particles surrounding the Earth, and the South Atlantic Anomaly
2020-Oct-29 • 50 minutes
What if the Earth Stopped Spinning
What makes planets spin, and what would happen if they stopped?
2020-Oct-27 • 41 minutes
The Quantum Physics of Solar Panels
Daniel and Jorge break down the physics and engineering behind solar panels
2020-Oct-22 • 41 minutes
A discounted dark matter discovery
Why do particle physicists discount the beautiful signal of dark matter from the DAMA experiment?
2020-Oct-20 • 46 minutes
Is all of space magnetized?
Is it possible that there are magnetic fields.... everywhere?
2020-Oct-15 • 44 minutes
Is Energy Actually Conserved?
Daniel and Jorge explore whether energy is actually a fundamental conserved quantity.
2020-Oct-13 • 62 minutes
The SF Universes of Vandana Singh
Daniel and Jorge talk about the creative science in the short stories of Vandana Singh's collection "Ambiguity Machines"
2020-Oct-08 • 43 minutes
Where do comets come from?
Daniel and Jorge talk about the vast and amazing Oort cloud, and whether it is throwing snowballs at us.
2020-Oct-06 • 46 minutes
Will the ITER experiment make fusion feasible?
Will humans figure out how to make fusion work on Earth, to provide plentiful clean power?
2020-Oct-01 • 43 minutes
New discoveries in our cosmic neighborhood
Daniel and Jorge talk about a new massive blob of galaxies discovered right around the corner.
2020-Sep-29 • 53 minutes
How can we bring rocks back from Mars?
How many robots does it take to dig up rocks from Mars and deliver them back to Earth?
2020-Sep-24 • 40 minutes
Can a black hole power a spaceship?
Daniel and Jorge tackle the physics, engineering and safety questions of using a black hole to visit nearby stars.
2020-Sep-22 • 43 minutes
Is there life on Venus?
The internet went crazy talking about phosphine on Venus! What does it mean?
2020-Sep-17 • 43 minutes
The most common listener questions!
Is there dark matter in black holes? Are gravitons and gravitational waves the same thing? Daniel and Jorge answer the most common listener questions!
2020-Sep-15 • 54 minutes
The SF Multi-verse of Adrian Tchaikovsky
Daniel and Jorge discuss the science of "The Doors of Eden", a multi-zooniverse novel by Adrian Tchaikovsky
2020-Sep-10 • 47 minutes
What would happen if dark matter and dark energy disappeared?
Dark matter and dark energy are 95% of the energy in the Universe. But do we need them?
2020-Sep-08 • 41 minutes
Elinor Wonders About the Universe
Daniel and Jorge answer questions about the Universe from Jorge's daughter Elinor, and talk about their new PBS Kids TV show: "Elinor Wonders Why". Link: pbskids.org/elinor
2020-Sep-03 • 47 minutes
What is Bose Einstein Condensate
Have you heard of "Bose Einstein Condensate" but never really understood it? D&J break it down for you.
2020-Sep-01 • 48 minutes
What is Mirror Matter?
It's not anti-matter, or supersymmetric matter, but yet another way our familiar particles might be reflected, and could explain a deep mystery of the Universe.
2020-Aug-27 • 51 minutes
The SF Universe of Dr. Karen Lords
Daniel and Jorge talk about the science of the novel "The Best of All Possible Worlds" by Dr. Karen Lords.
2020-Aug-25 • 43 minutes
Listener Questions 12: Higgs Bosons, Black holes and earthquakes!
Does dark matter feel the Higgs? Can particles be black holes? What would happen if the Earth froze?
2020-Aug-20 • 47 minutes
How did we discover black holes?
What convinced people that black holes are real?
2020-Aug-18 • 44 minutes
What happened to the Superconducting Supercollider?
Americans had the biggest colliders in the world, until they tried to build one that was too big. Hear the super story of the superlative supercollider.
2020-Aug-13 • 45 minutes
Do protons live forever?
Electrons can hang out until the end of time. Physicists think that protons should eventually fall apart. But will they?
2020-Aug-11 • 48 minutes
Special 200th episode!
What happened in the first 200 microseconds of the Universe? What can you see within 200 light years from Earth?
2020-Aug-06 • 44 minutes
Did the XENON experiment just discover a weird axion?
Recent results from the XENON experiment could be the first hint of something groundbreaking... or it could be nothing.
2020-Aug-04 • 46 minutes
How did supermassive black holes get so big?
The gargantuan black holes at the centers of galaxies seem impossibly large. How did they grow so large in the short history of our Universe?
2020-Jul-30 • 42 minutes
The Marvelous Mystery of the Muon Magnetic Moment
Can physicists discover new particles by watching how muons wiggle in magnetic fields?
2020-Jul-28 • 41 minutes
Is dark matter hot?
Scientists don't know what dark matter is, but they know if it's hot (or not!)
2020-Jul-23 • 50 minutes
How was the Higgs boson discovered?
Hear the story of the multi-decade trans-Atlantic rivalry that led to the Higgs boson discovery.
2020-Jul-21 • 41 minutes
What are quasi-particles
Daniel and Jorge talk about phonons, magnons, excitons, anyons and explainons.
2020-Jul-16 • 47 minutes
Can neutrinos explain why we have matter?
Daniel and Jorge explore how the new DUNE experiment could unravel secrets of neutrins... and the Universe!
2020-Jul-14 • 43 minutes
Listener Questions 11: Deep questions about gravity and particles.
Can gravity waves kill you? Why do we have particles? Can fission power a star?
2020-Jul-09 • 49 minutes
Does the Universe need dark matter?
Is it possible that dark matter doesn't exist? Could it just be a misunderstanding of gravity?
2020-Jul-07 • 45 minutes
Did NASA discover a parallel Universe?
The amazing ANITA experiment and the bizarre neutrinos they discovered
2020-Jul-02 • 52 minutes
Do black holes destroy information?
Daniel and Jorge tackle the paradox of black holes: do they destroy information or store it forever?
2020-Jun-30 • 49 minutes
What is the axion?
Why do scientists think there might be a wispy mysterious particle? And why did they give it such a silly name?
2020-Jun-25 • 60 minutes
The SF Universe of Alastair Reynolds "Revenger"
Daniel and Jorge talk about solar sails, artificial planets and black holes!
2020-Jun-23 • 50 minutes
What are primordial black holes?
Could mysterious black holes have been formed in the first second of the Universe?
2020-Jun-18 • 46 minutes
Is the impossible drive possible?
Daniel and Jorge dissect the "EMDrive", explain how it's supposed to work and whether it ever might.
2020-Jun-16 • 52 minutes
The long race for the top quark
Daniel and Jorge talk about the twenty-year race to find the top quark, that came down to the wire.
2020-Jun-11 • 56 minutes
Where in the solar system might we find life? (ft. Katie Goldin of Creature Features)
Katie Goldin, host of the Creature Features pod, visits to talk about what's needed for life and where in the solar system it might be hiding.
2020-Jun-09 • 47 minutes
How do you navigate in deep space?
Daniel and Jorge talk about a potential new GPS: the Galactic Positioning System.
2020-Jun-04 • 42 minutes
Can stars eat other stars?
Can a Thorne-Zytkow object, a neutron star inside another star, actually exist? Did we find one?
2020-Jun-02 • 43 minutes
Why are neutrinos so light?
Daniel and Jorge talk about how the weirdest particle gets its mass
2020-May-28 • 42 minutes
Can we see the surface of exoplanets?
Could we build a telescope that let us see what planets around other stars look like?
2020-May-26 • 40 minutes
What is the real charge of the electron?
Daniel and Jorge explain how the theory of "Renormalization" tells us that we measure is different from what is real.
2020-May-21 • 38 minutes
Could Jupiter turn into a star?
What is the fate of the largest planet in our solar system?
2020-May-19 • 43 minutes
What are the basic constants of the Universe?
Daniel and Jorge talk about the numbers that control everything, and the number of those numbers!
2020-May-14 • 44 minutes
Listener Question 10: Particles, stars and universe-sized black holes!
Daniel and Jorge answer listener questions about the smallest, biggest and cataclysmic-ist things in the Universe!
2020-May-12 • 44 minutes
Can Dark Matter feel itself
What happens when DM bumps into DM in the dark?
2020-May-07 • 45 minutes
How do LEDs work?
The Nobel-prize winning physics of.... reading lights.
2020-May-05 • 53 minutes
Should we believe any alien abduction stories?
Daniel and Jorge talk about how to be skeptical and open minded.
2020-Apr-30 • 45 minutes
Does Stephen Wolfram's Theory of Everything Work?
How does Stephen Wolfram's Physics Project work and what have we learned?
2020-Apr-28 • 48 minutes
The SF Universe of Sue Burke's "Semiosis"
Daniel and Jorge talk about what happens when plants can think. Is eating a banana now murder?
2020-Apr-23 • 38 minutes
Can planets lose their atmospheres?
How do planets get atmospheres, and how long do they last? Will Earth one day run out of air?
2020-Apr-21 • 42 minutes
What is the Cosmological Constant?
Was it Einstein's greatest blunder, or smartest prediction?
2020-Apr-16 • 43 minutes
How quarks were discovered?
One day in November 1974 that changed particle physics forever.
2020-Apr-14 • 37 minutes
What is the tallest mountain in the solar system?
Where is the biggest, tallest or widest mountain in the Solar System? Hint: it's not on any planet.
2020-Apr-09 • 59 minutes
The SF Universe of Mary Robinette Kowal's "The Calculating Stars"
Daniel and Jorge discuss the book "The Calculating Stars" and interview the author. Mary Robinette Kowal's science fiction debut, 2019 Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Award for best novel, The Calculating Stars, explores the premise behind her award-winning "Lady Astronaut of Mars."
2020-Apr-07 • 44 minutes
Could dark matter be made of quarks?
Learn about hexaquarks with Daniel and Jorge
2020-Apr-02 • 56 minutes
The SF Universe of Becky Chamber's "The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet"
Daniel interviews Becky Chambers about her book "The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet. " Volume 1 of the Wayfarers series which won the Hugo award for best series.
2020-Mar-31 • 39 minutes
Listener Questions 9
Daniel and Jorge answer questions from listeners, like you!
2020-Mar-26 • 39 minutes
What are virtual particles?
Discover virtual particles with Daniel and Jorge
2020-Mar-24 • 41 minutes
The SF Universe of Blake Crouch's "Recursion"
Daniel and Jorge discuss the science fiction book "Recursion" by Blake Crouch. Blake comes on for an interview to discuss his thoughts and method. Pickup your own copy of Recursion. It's a thrilling novel!
2020-Mar-19 • 46 minutes
How small is an electron?
Shrink down the the quantum realm with Daniel and Jorge and discover the size of the electron
2020-Mar-17 • 40 minutes
Why is strange matter so strange?
Explore the mystery of strange matter with daniel and jorge
2020-Mar-12 • 41 minutes
The science fiction universe of "Ancillary Justice"
In this very special new series of episodes Daniel and Jorge interview famous authors. Today we discuss "Ancillary Justice" the debut novel of the talented Anne Leckie. It's the only novel to ever win the Hugo, Nebula and Arthur C. Clarke awards.
2020-Mar-10 • 42 minutes
What is the biggest explosion in the universe
What is the biggest explosion in the universe that mankind has ever witnessed? Find out with Daniel and Jorge.
2020-Mar-05 • 43 minutes
Is it possible to move the sun?
If we needed to move the sun, could we do it?
2020-Mar-03 • 46 minutes
Is the Universe infinite?
Is the universe finite or infinite?
2020-Feb-27 • 42 minutes
What have we learned from the Spitzer Space Telescope?
The Spitzer Space Telescope is retiring. What have we learned from it?
2020-Feb-25 • 41 minutes
Choose your own physics adventure!
Which of these four physics adventures would you prefer? Visit the Quantum Realm. See inside a Black Hole. Travel faster than light. Meet intelligent aliens.
2020-Feb-20 • 49 minutes
Can quantum gravity save physics?
Daniel and Jorge discuss loop quantum gravity with a special appearance from Bianca Dittrich, a PhD in gravitational physics and an expert in loop quantum gravity and spin foam.
2020-Feb-18 • 45 minutes
Listener Questions 8: Can AI understand humor?
Daniel and Jorge answer questions from listeners like you!
2020-Feb-13 • 43 minutes
What causes the biggest explosions in the universe?
We're taking a deep dive into the subject of supernovas. What causes them? What do we know about them and can they harm us here on earth.?
2020-Feb-11 • 41 minutes
Are there planets without a star?
Do rogue planets exist? Could they support life?
2020-Feb-06 • 42 minutes
Can you slow down light?
The speed of light is constant but is it possible to slow it down?
2020-Feb-04 • 42 minutes
What is the great attractor?
What is the mysterious force that is attracting our galaxy to it?
2020-Jan-30 • 40 minutes
Can particles travel faster than light?
Is there any way particles can travel faster than light or is it against the laws of physics?
2020-Jan-28 • 50 minutes
4 ways physics could end the world
Daniel and Jorge explore listener submitted scenarios and what that would mean for life as we know it.
2020-Jan-23 • 46 minutes
Is Betelgeuse about to explode?
Betelgeuse appears to be dimming. Is it about to explode?
2020-Jan-21 • 47 minutes
Why can quarks never be alone?
Can quarks ever be free?
2020-Jan-16 • 43 minutes
Is space filled with junk?
Is space mostly empty or full of junk?
2020-Jan-14 • 51 minutes
Why is the universe inflating?
Learn about cosmic inflation with Daniel and Jorge
2020-Jan-09 • 44 minutes
What will the new space telescope reveal?
Daniel and Jorge discuss the James Webb Space Telescope
2020-Jan-07 • 45 minutes
Why do some particles die?
Find out why particles die with Daniel and Jorge
2020-Jan-02 • 44 minutes
Is the universe left-handed?
Why does the universe seem to be left-handed?
2019-Dec-31 • 49 minutes
Can you destroy a black hole?
Is it possible to destroy a black hole?
2019-Dec-26 • 44 minutes
How does relativity affect our perception of time?
Find out how relativity affects our perception of time with Daniel and Jorge
2019-Dec-24 • 45 minutes
How was antimatter discovered?
Learn about antimatter with Daniel and Jorge
2019-Dec-19 • 45 minutes
What are cosmic strings?
Learn about cosmic strings with Daniel and Jorge.
2019-Dec-17 • 40 minutes
What is quantum spacetime foam?
Learn about quantum spacetime foam with Daniel and Jorge
2019-Dec-12 • 41 minutes
What are magnetic monopoles?
Learn about magnetic monopoles with Daniel and Jorge
2019-Dec-10 • 46 minutes
How fast is the universe blowing up?
What is the hubble constant? Find out with Daniel and Jorge
2019-Dec-05 • 42 minutes
Is there a fifth force of the universe?
Scientists recently discovered a supposed fifth force of the universe. Is it real and what does it mean for physics?
2019-Dec-03 • 46 minutes
Listener Questions 7
Could you build a real death star? How do black holes begin? Where the heck is Jorge? Daniel and Jorge answer questions from listeners like you!
2019-Nov-28 • 45 minutes
The mystery of the missing neutrinos
How did physicists lose trillions of neutrinos?
2019-Nov-26 • 39 minutes
Where is the coldest place in the Universe?
EXTREME UNIVERSE: Where is the coldest place in the Universe?
2019-Nov-21 • 42 minutes
Is our solar system weird?
Is our solar system similar to others or is it unique?
2019-Nov-19 • 41 minutes
Who ordered the muon?
This mysterious particle is part of our Universe, but not part of the atom
2019-Nov-14 • 48 minutes
Can science predict what you will do?
Does free will really exist?
2019-Nov-12 • 42 minutes
Is it possible to send messages faster than light using quantum entanglement?
With vast distances between habitable planets how will we eventually communicate with aliens?
2019-Nov-07 • 37 minutes
Is there weather in space?
Is space weather something that exists? Can it affect us here on earth. Find out the answer to this and many other questions with Daniel and Jorge.
2019-Nov-05 • 41 minutes
News from the Solar System
Listen for up to date news about suprising developments in our solar system.
2019-Oct-31 • 52 minutes
Journey to the Beginning of Time (featuring Dan Hooper)
A conversation with astrophysicist Dan Hooper about his new book, At the Edge of Time
2019-Oct-29 • 30 minutes
What's in the asteroid belt?
What do we know about the asteroid belt and what can we learn from it?
2019-Oct-24 • 41 minutes
Does Quantum Mechanics make sense?
Learn about the concept of quantum mechanics and what our understanding of it is.
2019-Oct-22 • 36 minutes
Can we build a warp drive?
The distance between stars is massive. Can we build a warp drive to allow us to travel between the stars faster?
2019-Oct-17 • 30 minutes
How do we know the photon is real?
What is a photon and how do we know it exists? Particle Physicist Professor Daniel Whiteson explains the photon.
2019-Oct-15 • 38 minutes
Can you imagine a color you've never seen?
What is color and how do we perceive it? UCI particle physicist Professor Daniel Whiteson explains the physics of colors and answers some listener questions.
2019-Oct-10 • 51 minutes
What is the cosmic microwave background?
Daniel is joined by guest Dr. Crystal Dilworth to discuss the cosmic microwave background.
2019-Oct-08 • 31 minutes
Listener Questions 6
Daniel and Jorge answer questions from listeners, like you!
2019-Oct-03 • 35 minutes
What are fermi bubbles?
What do we know about fermi bubbles?
2019-Oct-01 • 28 minutes
How many stars can you see in the night sky with the naked eye?
How many stars can we see in the sky? Thousands? Billions?
2019-Sep-26 • 37 minutes
What are fast radio bursts and what causes them?
Learn about the mystery behind fast radio bursts with Daniel and Jorge
2019-Sep-24 • 37 minutes
The shocking mystery of lightning explained
Learn about lightning with Daniel and Jorge
2019-Sep-19 • 36 minutes
Will the Higgs-Boson destroy the universe?
Learn how the Higgs-Boson could unravel the universe with Daniel and Jorge
2019-Sep-17 • 42 minutes
How to see pictures of dinosaurs (featuring XKCD creator Randall Munroe)
Daniel and Jorge are looking into the past with XKCD comic creator Randall Munroe.
2019-Sep-12 • 34 minutes
What is the physics behind skipping stones?
Find out how skipping stones works today with Daniel and Jorge
2019-Sep-10 • 36 minutes
How do microwaves work?
Find out how microwaves work with Daniel and Jorge
2019-Sep-05 • 35 minutes
What are Tardigrades?
How did tardigrades end up on the moon? Today we're joined by special guest Prof. Brian Keating
2019-Sep-03 • 36 minutes
What was the first particle ever discovered? And how was it discovered?
What does it mean to be first? Join Daniel and Jorge to learn about the first ever particle discovered.
2019-Aug-29 • 34 minutes
Why is half of the moon always hidden?
Visit the far side of the moon today with Daniel and Jorge
2019-Aug-27 • 35 minutes
What is a graviton?
Join Daniel and Jorge to find out the secrets of the universe.
2019-Aug-22 • 34 minutes
What would happen on earth if the moon disappeared?
The moon has just been deleted from the simulation. What will happen here on earth?
2019-Aug-20 • 46 minutes
Listener Questions 5
Daniel and Jorge answer questions from listeners, like you!
2019-Aug-15 • 31 minutes
What would happen if the sun became a black hole?
Listen to Daniel and Jorge answer a hypothetical question in today's episode
2019-Aug-13 • 38 minutes
What are white holes?
You've heard of black holes but what are white holes?
2019-Aug-08 • 40 minutes
Take a cruise of the exoplanets
Put on your stretchy pants and join Daniel and Jorge while they take you a guided cruise of the exoplanets.
2019-Aug-06 • 41 minutes
How old is the earth?
How do we know the age of the earth?
2019-Aug-01 • 52 minutes
Do aliens exist?
Daniel and Jorge answer questions from Karah and Oz, the hosts of the podcast Sleepwalkers.
2019-Jul-30 • 43 minutes
Can you see an electron or other tiny particles?
If you were Ant-Man and shrunk to the quantum realm. What would that actually look like?
2019-Jul-25 • 50 minutes
What is the strongest magnet in the universe?
EXTREME UNIVERSE: What is the strongest magnet in the universe?
2019-Jul-23 • 47 minutes
Why haven't aliens visited us?
What is the best way to explore the galaxy?
2019-Jul-18 • 43 minutes
What is the Weak Force?
Find out about the Weak Force on today's podcast with Daniel and Jorge.
2019-Jul-16 • 43 minutes
What is Cold Fusion?
Will we ever be able to create unlimited energy with cold fusion?
2019-Jul-11 • 38 minutes
How do you make gold?
Where does gold come from? Can scientists make it?
2019-Jul-09 • 33 minutes
How do MRIs work?
What is an MRI and how does it work?
2019-Jul-04 • 29 minutes
What is the hexagon on saturn?
Is it natural or artificial?
2019-Jul-02 • 37 minutes
What is Quantum Tunneling?
Hint: It's not tunnels in switzerland.
2019-Jun-27 • 36 minutes
Can you sail on light?
How can we travel through the universe without running out of fuel? Find out today with Daniel and Jorge.
2019-Jun-25 • 44 minutes
What is the densest thing in the universe?
EXTREME UNIVERSE! What has the most stuff stuffed into it?
2019-Jun-20 • 39 minutes
What do Quarks taste like?
Quarks have flavor and color but what do they taste and look like?
2019-Jun-18 • 39 minutes
Listener Questions 4
Daniel and Jorge answer questions from listeners, like you!
2019-Jun-13 • 38 minutes
What is the brightest thing in the universe?
EXTREME UNIVERSE! (Hint: It's not the sun)
2019-Jun-11 • 42 minutes
Is the Earth round?
How do we know the earth is actually round and not just "global conspiracy?"
2019-Jun-06 • 44 minutes
How can we see Dark Matter?
We know it exists but what is it and how can we see it?
2019-Jun-04 • 42 minutes
Listener Questions 3
Daniel and Jorge answer questions from listeners, like you!
2019-May-30 • 43 minutes
What Is Radiation?
Is it bad or good or spicy or mild?
2019-May-28 • 46 minutes
What Is the Hottest Thing In The Universe?
How hot can it get? Is there an upper limit to temperature?
2019-May-23 • 45 minutes
What Is A Dyson Sphere?
We're not talking about your vacuum cleaner!
2019-May-21 • 47 minutes
Bad Science Questions
Daniel and Jorge welcome Ethan, host of the Podcast Bad Science, and answer his questions about the universe.
2019-May-16 • 41 minutes
What Is Quantum Spin?
Everybody talks about it, but what IS it?
2019-May-14 • 42 minutes
What Is The Emptiest Place In The Universe?
What constitutes a vacuum? Can space ever really be empty?
2019-May-09 • 39 minutes
What's In Jupiter's Great Red Spot?
What is the Eye of Jupiter?
2019-May-07 • 44 minutes
Will A Gamma Ray Burst Kill You?
What are gamma ray bursts, and are they dangerous?
2019-May-02 • 46 minutes
What's Inside The Earth?
What would happen if you jumped into a hole that went through the center of the Earth and out the other side?
2019-Apr-30 • 37 minutes
How Does A Bicycle Balance?
We don't understand bicycles!
2019-Apr-25 • 43 minutes
Why Does Time Go Forwards?
Why can't we change the direction of time? What are the past, present and future really?
2019-Apr-23 • 39 minutes
What Is A Tachyon?
Are Tachyons real or just the stuff of science fiction?
2019-Apr-18 • 46 minutes
What is Supersymmetry?
What's so super about this symmetry?
2019-Apr-16 • 40 minutes
Questions From The Zeitgeist (ft The Daily Zeitgeist hosts)
Jack and Miles, hosts of The Daily Zeitgeist, ask Daniel and Jorge their most pressing questions about the universe; Why is the sky blue? Whats a quantum machine gun? How do planets form?
2019-Apr-11 • 45 minutes
What Is A Space Elevator?
Can this actually work?
2019-Apr-09 • 44 minutes
Can You See A Black Hole?
What would a picture of a black hole look like?
2019-Apr-04 • 46 minutes
What Are The Weirdest Stars?
What are neutron stars, pulsars and magnetars?
2019-Apr-02 • 39 minutes
What's Under The Ice On Europa?
This moon of Jupiter has an ENORMOUS ocean. Does anything live in it?
2019-Mar-28 • 41 minutes
What's The Biggest "Thing" in The Universe?
Planets, stars, galaxies, clusters, then what? What defines a "thing" and how big can they get?
2019-Mar-26 • 36 minutes
Listener Questions 2.0
Join Daniel and Jorge as they respond to 4 questions from listeners, just like you!
2019-Mar-21 • 38 minutes
What Is A Superconductor?
How does a super conductor work?
2019-Mar-19 • 38 minutes
What Was Oumuamua?
What was that strange rock that passed through our solar system in 2017?
2019-Mar-14 • 34 minutes
What Are Quantum Fields?
Quantum Field Theory, explained!
2019-Mar-12 • 36 minutes
What Is Time Dilation?
Why does time slow down when you go fast?
2019-Mar-07 • 33 minutes
Why Do We Have Stars?
Why are there stars and planets and not just smooth matter everywhere?
2019-Mar-05 • 37 minutes
How Does A Laser Work?
What makes a laser a laser? Pew Pew Pew!? Zap Zap Zap!?
2019-Feb-28 • 38 minutes
How Old Is The Universe?
How long has the Universe been cooking, and how do we know?
2019-Feb-26 • 40 minutes
What's At The Center Of The Galaxy?
What's at the center of the Milky Way? How do we know? Can we explain it?
2019-Feb-21 • 38 minutes
Is Anti-Gravity Technology Possible?
Is it possible to negate gravity without using energy?
2019-Feb-19 • 41 minutes
Where Does The Earth's Magnetic Field Come From?
What causes our planet to generate a magnetic field? What is a magnetic field?!?
2019-Feb-14 • 36 minutes
Are Wormholes Real?
Are wormholes a real thing out in space somewhere?
2019-Feb-12 • 44 minutes
What Is Terraforming?
Can we make another planet habitable?
2019-Feb-07 • 44 minutes
What Does Artificial Intelligence Mean?
How do we define Artificial Intelligence? Should we be worried that AI may one day take over Humanity?
2019-Feb-05 • 39 minutes
What Nobel Prizes Have Been Proven Wrong?
Can the top prize in science get it wrong?
2019-Jan-31 • 39 minutes
Is A New Particle Collider Worth $20B?
CERN just released a new report describing the next planned collider and its price! Is it worth it?
2019-Jan-29 • 30 minutes
How Did The Moon Form?
How did the Earth get such a weird, big fluffy moon?
2019-Jan-24 • 35 minutes
What Are Cosmic Rays?
Who or what is shooting crazy high energy particles at us?
2019-Jan-22 • 33 minutes
Is The Multiverse Real?
What is the multiverse and is it real?
2019-Jan-17 • 32 minutes
How Can We Tell The Distance To Stars?
How can we measure the distance to stars?
2019-Jan-15 • 36 minutes
What Is The Most Important Invention In Human History? (ft. Ryan North)
We discuss the most fundamentally important inventions in human history. Featuring Ryan North.
2019-Jan-10 • 34 minutes
Listener Questions
We answer questions from listeners! The speed of light, the center of the universe and lasers!
2019-Jan-08 • 37 minutes
What Is A Quantum Computer?
What is a quantum computer and how does it work?
2019-Jan-03 • 35 minutes
What Happens When Galaxies Collide?
Will our lives be affected when the Milky Way collides with Andromeda?
2019-Jan-01 • 37 minutes
Why Is Gravity So Weird?
Why is gravity so much weaker than the other forces?
2018-Dec-27 • 36 minutes
Is the Universe pixelated?
Is there a shortest possible distance? Or can you cut space in half forever?
2018-Dec-25 • 35 minutes
Are there other Earths out there?
How many liveable planets are out there, and can we reach them?
2018-Dec-20 • 37 minutes
Was/Is There Life On Mars?
What do we know about life on Mars?
2018-Dec-18 • 35 minutes
What Is String Theory?
We've all heard of it, but nobody really knows...
2018-Dec-13 • 34 minutes
Will Physics Ever Explain Everything?
What is a "Theory of Everything" and how close are we to discovering it?
2018-Dec-11 • 33 minutes
What Is A Dimension And How Many Are There?
What's the real meaning of a dimension? Are there more than 3?
2018-Dec-06 • 31 minutes
What is a Neutrino?
Explaining the weirdest little particle ever found
2018-Dec-04 • 36 minutes
How Does a Nuclear Bomb Work?
What would you need to build your own nuke?
2018-Nov-29 • 33 minutes
Is Teleportation Possible?
Can we really move something without traveling through space?
2018-Nov-27 • 37 minutes
Is the Universe Random?
If you repeat the same experiment, do you get the same outcome?
2018-Nov-22 • 30 minutes
Where Did Earth's Water Come From?
Young Earth was hot and dry. Where did the oceans come from?
2018-Nov-20 • 36 minutes
The Baby Universe (ft. Katie Mack)
What did the Universe look like as a baby? How do we know? Join Daniel and Jorge as they talk with Katie Mack about the early universe, and what they all looked like as babies.
2018-Nov-15 • 35 minutes
Can We Travel Faster Than Light?
Why can't we travel faster than light? Can we ever reach the stars?
2018-Nov-13 • 36 minutes
Is Light a Particle or a Wave?
What is light made of? A particle, a wave, both, neither? Little puppies?
2018-Nov-08 • 31 minutes
Are there Aliens?
Are we the only life in the Universe? What are scientists doing to find out?
2018-Nov-06 • 33 minutes
Is Anti-Matter a Real Thing?
Is anti-matter real or science fiction? Is it dangerous, or delicious?
2018-Nov-01 • 30 minutes
How will the Universe die?
How long will the Universe last, and what are the possible fates?
2018-Oct-30 • 33 minutes
What is making the Universe explode?
How we learned that something is tearing the Universe apart, and what it might mean.
2018-Oct-25 • 36 minutes
Will an Asteroid Kill You?
Could humans go the way of the dinosaurs: extinction by space rock?
2018-Oct-23 • 25 minutes
What's Inside a Black Hole?
What is a black hole, and what would it be like to fall into one?
2018-Oct-18 • 22 minutes
How Big is the Universe?
Does the Universe go on forever, or have an end? What shape is it?
2018-Oct-16 • 24 minutes
What's the smallest piece of matter? Is there one?
How dark matter was discovered, and what it might be
2018-Oct-11 • 31 minutes
What is everything made of?
What's the smallest piece of matter? Is there one?
2018-Oct-09 • 32 minutes
What are Gravitational Waves?
What does it mean for gravity to make waves? How do we see them?
2018-Oct-04 • 22 minutes
When will the Sun explode?
How long can we enjoy the sunshine before we need a new star?
2018-Oct-02 • 28 minutes
Is Time Travel Possible?
Do any science fiction movies get time-travel right? Will it ever be possible?
2018-Sep-27 • 26 minutes
What came before the Big Bang?
What could have caused the Big Bang, and what came before it?
2018-Sep-25 • 32 minutes
Is the Higgs Boson useful?
What is the Higgs Boson and why do we care?
2018-Sep-25 • 32 minutes
Are we Living in a Simulation?
How can we tell if what we see is real or simulated? Does it matter?
2018-Sep-18 • 2 minutes
Daniel and Jorge Explain the Universe: Trailer
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