Sunday, November 22, 2009

The Science News blog is now in stasis

This blog along with several others will be placed in stasis until further notice. It is unfortunate that this needs to be done, but is necessary due to a lack of time and contributors.

Any future entries that would have been posted in this blog will be now be posted in the NWSFS Science And Science Fiction News Blog. The sidebar links and RSS feeds will be kept intact for now.

If you would like to contribute to this blog, then please drop us a line at NWSFSNews at GMail dot com. Membership in NWSFS is not a requirement, though living in the Pacfic NW or Cascadia region is. There are just a few simple guidelines to follow.

Hopefully some time in the future there will be more interest in this blog, and it will be taken out of stasis.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Are We Alone for 11/16/09 - SETI: Now What?

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Are We Alone - SETI: Now What?

Hello! Is anyone out there? As the scientific search for extraterrestrial intelligence marks its 50th anniversary, there’s been no contact as yet with alien beings. But SETI researchers maintain that we are not alone. Find out why in a SETI retrospective that looks at the past and future of the search.

We remember the first scientific SETI search… Carl Sagan… how the SETI Institute began… the WOW signal…and the 1993 NASA budget cuts.

We’ll also hear from critics of the search… scientists involved in optical SETI and SETI@home. Plus, international collaborations… and where the search is headed.

Guests:
  • Frank Drake – Director of the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe, SETI Institute
  • Jill Tarter – Director of the Center for SETI Research, SETI Institute
  • Tom PiersonCEO, SETI Institute
  • Paul Horowitz – Physicist, electrical engineer, Harvard University
  • Dan Werthimer – Chief Scientist, SETI@home, University of California, Berkeley
  • Ben Zuckerman – Physicist, Astronomer, UCLA
You can listen to this and other episodes at http://radio.seti.org/, and be sure to check out Are We A Blog?, the companion blog to the radio show.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

PSC: AstroInfo: Debunking The 2012 Hoax

Posted on behalf of Pacific Science Center:

As we approach 2012, TV shows, new books - even a new movie - all sensationalize the idea of the world "ending" in 2012. In her latest AstroInfo post, Pacific Science Center Planetarium Specialist Alice Enevoldsen uses science to debunk any fears you may have about the end of the world: →Learn More

Are We Alone for 11/09/09 - Skeptic Check: Doomsday at the Movies

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Are We Alone - Skeptic Check: Doomsday at the Movies

ENCORE PRESENTATION: Hollywood has a few ideas of how the world will end: killer asteroids … lethal pandemics … deadly ice-ages. These themes have all played out on the big screen. But, hey, they’re only movies, right?

We’ll separate the science from the fiction in doomsday movies. From the 2012 prophesy of the Mayans … to colliding worlds … to abrupt climate change, find out which among this crowd of cinematic scares are for real, and which aren’t worth the price of popcorn.

Guests:
You can listen to this and other episodes at http://radio.seti.org/, and be sure to check out Are We A Blog?, the companion blog to the radio show.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Are We Alone for 11/02/09 - Do Computers Byte?

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Are We Alone - Do Computers Byte?

The march of computer technology continues. But as silicon chips and search engines become faster and more productive – can the same be said for us?

The creator of Wolfram Alpha describes how his new “computational knowledge engine” is changing – and improving – how we process information. Meanwhile, suffering from data and distraction burnout? Find out what extremes some folks take to stop their search engines.

Also, the Singularity sensation of humans merging with machines… and, why for the ancient Greeks all of this is “been, there, done that.” A deep sea dive turns up a 2,000 year old computer!

Guests:

You can listen to this and other episodes at http://radio.seti.org/, and be sure to check out Are We A Blog?, the companion blog to the radio show.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Are We Alone for 10/26/09 - Skeptic Check: Mind Your Body

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Are We Alone - Skeptic Check: Mind Your Body

Popping a pill may help when you’re sick… but maybe not for the reasons you think. Sugar pills – placebos – cure illness better than prescription pills in as many as half of all cases in clinical trials … and the placebo effect is getting stronger.

Plus, the safety – or otherwise – of electromagnetic waves, and the “electro-sensitive” refugees who have built a camp to protect themselves from waves they say are causing pain. Is it all in their minds?

And, New York Times reporter Dennis Overbye joins Phil Plait on the latest lapse in critically-thinking brains – a wild idea that may not be so loony: namely, could a cosmic censor from the future be thwarting efforts to find the Higgs boson?

It’s Skeptic Check … but don’t take our word for it!
You can listen to this and other episodes at http://radio.seti.org/, and be sure to check out Are We A Blog?, the companion blog to the radio show.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Are We Alone for 10/19/09 - Seth's Storage Locker

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Are We Alone - Seth's Storage Locker

It’s always an adventure to go digging in Seth’s storage locker – who knows what we’ll find …

In this imposing pile of paraphernalia, tucked between boxes of socket wrenches and old 45s, we stumble upon the hunt for extrasolar planets, the evidence for water on moons of the solar system, theories of language, a controversial hypothesis for the peopling of the Americas, and a new dinosaur fossil.

Guests:
You can listen to this and other episodes at http://radio.seti.org/, and be sure to check out Are We A Blog?, the companion blog to the radio show.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Are We Alone for 10/13/09 - Extreme Geology

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Are We Alone - Extreme Geology

We think of major geologic events as taking place a long time ago – but the Earth is just as active as it ever was. We’re a planet in motion. Discover why earthquakes might be increasing worldwide… descend into daring cave exploration… and take a trip to Hawaii where new volcanoes are gurgling up right now.

Plus – the supervolcano under Yellowstone Park… when might it erupt again?

Guests:
  • Robert Nadeau – Geologist, University of California, Berkeley Seismological Laboratory
  • Joel Achenbach – Reporter, author of “When Yellowstone Explodes”, August 2009 National Geographic cover story
  • Jim Kauahikaua – Geologist, United States Geologic Survey Hawaii Volcano Observatory
  • Pat Kambesis – Geologist, Assistant Director of the Hoffman Environmental Research Institute at Western Kentucky University
You can listen to this and other episodes at http://radio.seti.org/, and be sure to check out Are We A Blog?, the companion blog to the radio show.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Are We Alone for 10/05/09 - Say What?

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Are We Alone - Say What?

There’s no escape from the chattering classes – they talk, squawk, squeal and sing all around us. Every animal communicates in some form – it’s essential for survival. They’ve evolved to understand each other … but do we understand them?

Find out what’s coded in humpback whale song and whether human-cetacean dialogue is possible… how information theory reveals communication patterns within the animal kingdom… how plants call out to animals to protect them… and why only humans evolved language.

Guests:
You can listen to this and other episodes at http://radio.seti.org/, and be sure to check out Are We A Blog?, the companion blog to the radio show.

Friday, October 2, 2009

UW Astrobiology Public Lectures Autumn 2009

The UW Astrobiology Program is presenting a series of free public lectures celebrating Galileo and Darwin and their ideas.

The series begins October 6, and examines how these monumental ideas have led to the emerging interdisciplinary science of astrobiology.

The lectures are free but require a reservation.

Go to this URL for more information: http://depts.washington.edu/astrobio/PubLec_tickets.html

Monday, September 28, 2009

Are We Alone for 09/28/09 - Aloha Astronomy

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Are We Alone - Aloha Astronomy

From Mauna Kea in Hawaii, the view of the cosmos is spectacular. Giant black holes, distant galaxies, and extrasolar planets have all been uncovered by the massive telescopes that perch on this volcanic cone.

Join the astronomers who use the Keck Telescopes to peer at objects so far away, their light started out before Earth was born.

Also discover how the new Thirty Meter Telescope will dwarf even the massive glass eyes now in place, and why some of the world’s most important astronomical discoveries are being made in the Aloha State.

Plus, why the building of telescopes on the volcano is controversial to some native Hawaiians.

Guests:
  • Charles Blue – Science writer, Thirty Meter Telescope Project
  • Richard Ellis – Astronomer, California Institute of Technology
  • Koa Rice – Hawaiian culture consultant
  • Julian Christou – Adaptive optics scientist, Gemini North Telescope
  • Ashley Yeager – Outreach manager, Keck Telescope
  • Taft Armandroff – Director of the W. M. Keck Telescope
You can listen to this and other episodes at http://radio.seti.org/, and be sure to check out Are We A Blog?, the companion blog to the radio show.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Are We Alone for 09/21/09 - Skeptic Check: Waking the Dead

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Are We Alone - Skeptic Check: Waking the Dead

The undead, those mindless shambling specters from the grave, are enjoying a cultural (if not literal) resurgence, in films, books, and through strange, urban “zombie crawls.”

Discover the unearthly appeal of these reanimated beings and why playing dead may mirror the real social alienation of our digital lives. Also, how mathematicians use “zombie attacks” to model real disease epidemics, such as swine flu.

Plus – another case of life in suspension: the promise and peril of cryonics.

And, Phil Plait’s vacationing brains swallow a hoax moon-landing-hoax story.

It’s Skeptic Check… but don’t take our word for it!
You can listen to this and other episodes at http://radio.seti.org/, and be sure to check out Are We A Blog?, the companion blog to the radio show.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Are We Alone for 09/14/09 - Seeing Stars and Planets

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Are We Alone - Seeing Stars and Planets

It’s hot, too darn hot! And bright, too darn bright! But over-the-top photon flux doesn’t stop scientists from studying the sun. And solar eclipses are an ideal time for observing our favorite nuclear reactor. Discover what it was like to observe totality during the 2009 China solar eclipse.

Plus, how a star is born … the latest from the NASA Kepler mission to seek Earth-like planets … and, planet-hunter extraordinaire Mike Brown discovers the tenth planet: an icy body beyond Pluto.

Guests:
  • Jay Pasachoff – Astronomer, Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts
  • Betsy Barton – Astronomer, University of California, Irvine
  • Mike Brown – Planetary Astronomer, California Institute of Technology
  • Jon JenkinsSETI Institute scientist with NASA’s Kepler Mission
You can listen to this and other episodes at http://radio.seti.org/, and be sure to check out Are We A Blog?, the companion blog to the radio show.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Are We Alone for 09/07/09 - That's Cosmic!

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Are We Alone - That's Cosmic!

ENCORE
EPISODE - What makes up the universe? Lots of tiny particles with strange names: bosons, leptons, quarks and neutrinos. But physicists think there are more members to be discovered in this particle zoo.

From strange particles to dark matter to vibrating strings, find out why you have to think small to understand the physics of the universe.

Plus, other cosmic connections: is SETI a religion?

Guests:
You can listen to this and other episodes at http://radio.seti.org/, and be sure to check out Are We A Blog?, the companion blog to the radio show.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Are We Alone for 08/31/09 - What Were You Thinking?

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Are We Alone - What Were You Thinking?

ENCORE
EPISODE - Say what you mean. That’s difficult, if you don’t know what you’re thinking. But the neuromarketers do, and they’ll be happy to tell Madison Avenue what’s on your mind. Discover why this marketing strategy is wired for success.

Also, Steven Pinker on how language reveals private thoughts as well as why the big-brained Homo neanderthalensis couldn’t out-compete Homo sapiens. And, we tease your gray matter with the “Monty Hall Problem.”

Guests:
You can listen to this and other episodes at http://radio.seti.org/, and be sure to check out Are We A Blog?, the companion blog to the radio show.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

SomaFM: Space Shuttle Launch tonight on Mission Control

Posted on behalf of SomaFM

Space Shuttle Mission STS-128 is set to launch in about an hour at 1:36a.m. EDT Tuesday on a flight to the space station.

We'll be mixing ambient music and the live mission audio from NASA on our new Mission Control channel. You can tune in at: http://somafm.com

If you're using a device that needs a direct stream link, that is: http://somafm.com/missioncontrol.pls

We hope you'll tune in!

Best of luck to Commander Rick Sturckow and the crew of STS-128

Update: Weather delays shuttle Discovery launch - CNN

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Are We Alone for 08/24/09 - Earth: A Millennium Hence

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Are We Alone - Earth: A Millennium Hence
Humans have not gone unnoticed on this planet. We’ve left our mark with technology, agriculture, architecture, and a growing carbon footprint. But where is this trajectory headed?

In the second of a two-part series: what we’ll lose and what will last in 1000 years or more.

Discover what the planet might look like to geologists of the far-off-future… the stubborn longevity of plastic and radioactive waste… human civilization in space… and postcards from the galactic edge; crafting interstellar messages to E.T.

Guests:
You can listen to this and other episodes at http://radio.seti.org/, and be sure to check out Are We A Blog?, the companion blog to the radio show.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Are We Alone for 08/17/09 - Earth: A Century Hence

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Are We Alone - Earth: A Century Hence
Humans have not gone unnoticed on this planet. We’ve left our mark with technology, agriculture, architecture, and a growing carbon footprint. But where is this trajectory headed?

In the first of a two-part series: what will be lost and what will still be around 100 years from now? James Lovelock says a hotter planet will prompt mass migrations. And Cary Fowler urges us to save our seeds – the health of future farms may depend on it.

Plus, from antibiotics to sewage systems: why human ingenuity ultimately saves the day.

And, sure, humans will be around in a century, but – with bionic limbs and silicon neurons – would we recognize them?

Guests:
You can listen to this and other episodes at http://radio.seti.org/, and be sure to check out Are We A Blog?, the companion blog to the radio show.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Are We Alone for 08/10/09 - Skeptic Check: Doomsday at the Movies

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Are We Alone - Skeptic Check: Doomsday at the Movies

Hollywood has a few ideas of how the world will end: killer asteroids … lethal pandemics … deadly ice-ages. These themes have all played out on the big screen. But, hey, they’re only movies, right?

We’ll separate the science from the fiction in doomsday movies. From the 2012 prophesy of the Mayans … to colliding worlds … to abrupt climate change, find out which among this crowd of cinematic scares are for real, and which aren’t worth the price of popcorn.

Guests:
You can listen to this and other episodes at http://radio.seti.org/, and be sure to check out Are We A Blog?, the companion blog to the radio show.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Are We Alone for 08/03/09 - Grave Matters

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Are We Alone - Grave Matters
We could choose not to pay income tax and suffer the consequences. But we can’t avoid death. The biological functions of all organisms eventually cease. But why should this be? Find out why animals die and meet one creature that is biologically immortal.

Plus, a trip to the Body Farm where decaying bodies help science…how we might cheat the Big Sleep with drugs… why Mexican cemeteries look like villages… and a doctor’s fight against one of the world’s deadliest diseases.

Guests:
You can listen to this and other episodes at http://radio.seti.org/, and be sure to check out Are We A Blog?, the companion blog to the radio show.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Are We Alone for 07/27/09 - TXT MSG: Behavior

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Are We Alone - TXT MSG: Behavior
ENCORE: From iPods to Google to Facebook – information swims at our fingertips and friends are just a txt msg away. Digital devices have re-defined what it means to be connected – but how else are they shaping behavior? Join us for the second of a two-part series on how the network is changing how we think and act.
Part II: Behavior: how computers compel us to interact with them… why your iPod may improve your health… why Facebook may leave you friendless… the unintended consequences of past innovation… and the growing threat of “videophilia.”

Guests:
You can listen to this and other episodes at http://radio.seti.org/, and be sure to check out Are We A Blog?, the companion blog to the radio show.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Repost: [nwsfs-announcements] 40 Year Moon Landing Celebration

Northwest Science Fiction Society Chair Michael Citrak recently posted this notice on the NWSFS Google Group, and I thought that it would be fitting to repost the notice here on the Science Page. Enjoy! ~ Jim

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I remember July 20, 1969 late at night my parents woke my brother and I to watch man’s first steps on the moon on TV. Today I have a Christmas tree ornament with Armstrong’s voice “One small step for man….”. Wow, has it been 40 years? To help celebrate both The Northwest Film Forum and The Museum of Flight have special events.

Enjoy Michael Citrak


The Northwest Film Forum presents “The Moon Landing: Screening and Special Live Event” on July 20 at 8:30pm. Join us as we commemorate this profound event for humankind with a 40th anniversary screening of the original television broadcast (at 7pm), followed by a live remix presentation in which filmmaker and sound artist Joe Milutis reworks images of major NASA events leading up to and including the landing. See their web site for details: http://nwfilmforum.org/live/page/calendar/920, The Northwest Film Forum: 1515 12th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98122

The Museum of Flight: Special Events Honor 40th Anniversary of Moon Landing July 20 is the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. On that day in 1969 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on the Moon, while fellow Apollo 11 crew member Michael Collins orbited above in the mission's Command Module. The entire mission lasted from July 16 until July 24. See their web site for details: http://www.museumofflight.org, The Museum of Flight: 9404 East Marginal Way South, Seattle, WA, 98108

And below is a list of “some” of the many events at The Museum of Flight:

Apollo 11: An Artist's Perspective-Original Sketches from NASA Artist Paul Calle July 1 - Sept. 12, Space: Exploring the New Frontier
As part of the 40th anniversary celebration of humankind's first steps on the Moon, The Museum of Flight opened a new art exhibit featuring the work of Paul Calle, the only artist to be with the Apollo 11 crew as they prepared for the launch at Cape Kennedy in July 1969.

Tip-to-Tail Tours: Apollo Artifacts July 18 - 25, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., July 19 only: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Space: Exploring the New Frontier Exhibit
Join a Museum docent for a free tour of Apollo artifacts including an Apollo command module and lunar rover.

Apollo 11: 40th Anniversary Event: NASA TV Broadcast Monday, July 20, 11 a.m., William M. Allen Theater
NASA and the Newseum in Washington, D.C. are hosting a special panel event commemorating the first human landing on the Moon. Moderated by journalist Nick Clooney, panelists tentatively scheduled to appear are astronauts Buzz Aldrin (Apollo 11), Alan Bean (Apollo 12), Charlie Duke (Apollo 16) and John Grunsfeld (mission specialist, STS-125 Atlantis). The Museum of Flight will screen this event in the William M. Allen Theater.

The NASA Mobile Exhibit "The Exploration Experience"July 23 - 25, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Museum Airpark Parking Lot
The Vision for Space Exploration Experience exhibit is housed in a 53-foot-long tractor and trailer rig. The exhibit is designed to share with visitors NASA's exploration goals to return to the moon and travel to Mars and beyond. The experience is intended to inspire visitors as they embark on a simulated journey into space. The exhibit is staffed by NASA professionals in a wide variety of space-related programs. The exhibit will be parked on the Museum's west campus, next to the Airpark. I am sure this is the same exhibit Becky and I saw (with LOTS of kids) a couple of days ago in Olympia and her review of it is:

From almost the moment we entered, tears. I stroked the bit of moon rock (just a triangular sliver, polished smooth by both tools and the tips of generations of fingers), marveled at my lack of memory for the names of the mares and craters of the moon, and grieved that we (real human beings) won't be going back until 2020 at the earliest. If just one of those kids is bitten by the science bug because of this exhibit, it is so very worth it.”

Theodore Ro on the Vision for Space Exploration Friday, July 24, 2 - 3 p.m., William M. Allen Theater
Ted Ro is currently serving as a patent attorney in the Johnson Space Center's Office of Chief Counsel. Ro has been with NASA for 23 years. During that time he has worked on various projects associated with upgrading Mission Control for dual Shuttle-International Space Station operations. He will speak on NASA's Exploration Mission and plans to return to the Moon.

New "Mission Control" channel + Apollo 11 40th Anniversary

Posted on behalf of SomaFM:

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11 and landing on the Moon, with a live NASA rebroadcast set to music as part of SomaFM's new "Mission Control" channel.

http://somafm.com/play/missioncontrol

Also available on our iPhone and Palm Pre streams.

Mission Control will feature ambient space music that's somewhere between Space Station Soma and Drone Zone, mixed with NASA audio. In the future, we'll have other historical space exploration rebroadcasts as well as live Space Shuttle coverage.

Hope you enjoy it!

Rusty Hodge ~ SomaFM

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Are We Alone for 07/20/09 - TXT MSG: Thought

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Are We Alone - TXT MSG: Thought
ENCORE: From iPods to Google to Facebook – information swims at our fingertips and friends are just a txt msg away. Digital devices have re-defined what it means to be connected – but how else are they shaping behavior? Join us for the first of a two-part series on how the network is changing how we think and act.

Part I: Thought: whether Google is making us stupid… how the Internet is curtailing creativity… and the future of a hyper-networked world that does all our thinking for us.

Guests:
You can listen to this and other episodes at http://radio.seti.org/, and be sure to check out Are We A Blog?, the companion blog to the radio show.

Monday, July 13, 2009

The Virtual Telescope Project

Posted on behalf of Valentina Romeo of the The Virtual Telescope Project:

Join us to enjoy the Universe from your Desktop! Just connect with the Virtual Telescope website: http://www.virtualtelescope.eu

The Virtual Telescope is a project of the Bellatrix Astronomical Observatory (Italy), created and managed by Dr. Gianluca Masi, PhD. It consists in a number of robotic telescopes, remotely accessible via the Internet for observing the skies, 24h/day. It is a single user facility: a given observer/team will be the owner of the instruments during the observing session.
If necessary, more people can access the telescope at the same time, one of them being the conductor, the others being the “audience”.

The VT is very active in both research and science communication. Asteroids and comets, variable stars and exoplanets are some of the field of interest and it contributed with discoveries and significant results in all of them.

Since it started in 2006, the Virtual Telescope was a pioneer in broadcasting live observing sessions and conferences, experimenting with the most modern technologies available.

The Virtual Telescope is currently used both by researchers and hobby astronomers, thanks to its specifications; the system was carefully fine-tuned to perform at its best in photometry, but it can be used in many different applications. Also, people with no astronomical experience at all surf the sky with us, thanks to our professional staff, skilled in science communication.

Special attention is paid to schools.

We are also available for media looking for assistance with astronomical, cosmological, astrophysical topics.

The Virtual Telescope is a no-profit project: for some advanced services we ask for a small fee to contribute to the maintenance of the system and its cutting-edges technologies. A pro-bono option is also available (working on its English web page).

If you want to learn more about this project, just surf our website here: http://www.virtualtelescope.eu/


Contact information:

Mailing list: info@virtualtelescope.bellatrixobservatory.org
Info: info@virtualtelescope.eu
Phone: +39 3349236690 (Mon-Fri 4:00PM - 8:00PM CET)
Fax: +39 07751800159
Skype: virtualtelescope


Sunday, July 12, 2009

Are We Alone for 07/13/09 - Rxs Get Personal

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Are We Alone - Rxs Get Personal
Medicine’s back.. and this time it’s personal. Get ready to have your genome read… your brain scanned… and undergo a chemical analysis so detailed, it’ll reveal the Twinkie you had for lunch. Everyone’s different, and reading those differences at the level of the gene may provide a more accurate profile of health and how to treat disease. But are you ready to know what’s wrong with you?

Discover the future of personalized medicine with biologist Craig Venter, as well as a man who turned his body over to the new science. Learn what his tests revealed.
Plus, why stem cell research really is a horse race. And, why getting sick is sometimes the best thing.

Guests:
You can listen to this and other episodes at http://radio.seti.org/, and be sure to check out Are We A Blog?, the companion blog to the radio show.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Are We Alone for 07/06/09 - Skeptic Check: Sheer Lunacy

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Are We Alone - Skeptic Check: Sheer Lunacy
Watch out, the moon is full… of intrigue. Our lovely satellite is blamed for all sorts of Earth-bound mischief – from robberies to shape-shifting to general nutty behavior. It’s also the setting for more than one loony tale. In this hour, as NASA spacecraft return to the moon, a look at the mythology it inspires.

Discover the true correlation between crime and a full moon… the 1835 reports of unicorns and man-bats living on moon… and, our favorite hair-raising howler: the werewolf! Also, why some still insist the Apollo moon landing is a hoax. Discover the true correlation between crime and a full moon… the 1835 reports of unicorns and man-bats living on moon… and, our favorite hair-raising howler: the werewolf! Also, why some still insist the Apollo moon landing is a hoax.

Plus, space travel – boxed and bundled.

Guests:
You can listen to this and other episodes at http://radio.seti.org/, and be sure to check out Are We A Blog?, the companion blog to the radio show.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Are We Alone for 06/29/09 - Humans in Space... ace... ace

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Are We Alone - Humans in Space... ace... ace
ENCORE When the economy’s down, will humans still be going up – into space, that is? We investigate the future of human spaceflight at the International Astronautical Congress in Glasgow, Scotland and find out whether sending Homo sapiens to the Moon and Mars is still a good idea. Also, the chief of Virgin Galactic is happy to send you into space on a private flight – but it may max out your credit card.

Plus, an Apollo astronaut’s view from orbit… dining with South Korea’s first astronaut… and one of Britain’s great science fiction authors on how space science fuels the imagination.

Guests:
You can listen to this and other episodes at http://radio.seti.org/, and be sure to check out Are We A Blog?, the companion blog to the radio show.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Video: NASA | HD LRO and LCROSS Atlas 5 Launch

Here's a great vide of the LRO and LCROSS Atlas 5 Launch courtesy of NASAexplorer:

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Are We Alone for 06/22/09 - What Makes Us Human Part II: Adaptability

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Are We Alone - What Makes Us Human Part II: Adaptability
Are humans unique or do we just do some things a little better than other species? In the second of our two-part series – how our ability to adapt has shaped our evolution.
Find out how throwing a burger on the grill has transformed our species… the 1% genetic difference that separate us from chimps… why we’re poorly adapted and stressed out … and why human evolution is not only on the move, but picking up the pace.
Guests:
You can listen to this and other episodes at http://radio.seti.org/, and be sure to check out Are We A Blog?, the companion blog to the radio show.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Are We Alone for 06/15/09 - What Makes Us Human Part I: Others

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Are We Alone - What Makes Us Human Part I: Others
Are humans unique or do we just do some things a little better than other species? In the first of our two-part series on the nature of humanity: how the influence of others has shaped our evolution.

Find out how baby talk gave root to human language and why social isolation can make us sick. Plus, the joke’s on us – new research says we’re not the only laughing species: meet your giggling gorilla cousins.

And, what a writer’s visit to a chimp retirement center revealed about human discomfort with our animal ancestry.
You can listen to this and other episodes at http://radio.seti.org/, and be sure to check out Are We A Blog?, the companion blog to the radio show.