Sunday, April 26, 2009

Are We Alone for 04/27/09 - Seth's Garage

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Are We Alone - Seth's Garage
It’s always a surprise to go digging in Seth’s garage – who knows what we’ll find! In this impressive heap of paraphernalia, tucked between boxes of old radio tubes and hydraulic jacks, we stumble upon the secrets to our galaxy’s central black hole… witness the dance of the PhD theses… uncover the genome of milk (while moo-ving boxes) and … hey? Who’s that crunching numbers in the corner? It’s astrophysicist Mario Livio addressing the mathematical mysteries of universe.

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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

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

SETI Institute special offer: Confessions of an Alien Hunter

Here is a special offer from the SETI Institute:

The SETI Institute is celebrating Senior Astronomer
Seth Shostak's new book Confessions of an Alien Hunter with a great offer - Sign up as a new TeamSETI member, and Seth will personalize and autograph a copy of his book for you for just $15.00!

Seth's book offers an entertaining and expert account of the facts, fantasies, and future of finding intelligence elsewhere in the universe, and how real science differs from the Hollywood view of extraterrestrial life. As noted in the Washington Post's book review, "this book is compelling and thought-provoking." You can listen to Seth discuss the book on this week's Are We Alone? radio show.

And by becoming a TeamSETI member with this offer, you will not only receive a great read, but you will also support the research behind the story - and reap the benefits of joining our TeamSETI family.

We hope you'll choose to take advantage of this special opportunity, and
join TeamSETI today!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Are We Alone for 04/20/09 - Reading Life's Tea Leaves

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Are We Alone - Reading Life's Tea Leaves
For nearly four billion years, life has been swimming and shuffling across our planet. But how can we deduce what it was like? You don’t need Sherlock Holmes to track the clues of life that came before – call on an anthropologist or biologist. From fossils to alien radio signals, find out how to interpret the clues that living organisms leave behind, and hear adventure stories in the evolution of life on Earth.

Also, the discovery of a dino-eating crocodile and the tale of scientist/explorer/polymath Idaho Brown.

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.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

NYT Op-Ed "Boldly Going Nowhere" By Seth Shostak

Many readers of this blog and/or listeners of the Are We Alone podcasts may be interested in this Op-Ed piece "Boldly Going Nowhere" by SETI's own Seth Shostak. Give it a read and feel free to leave your comments here.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Are We Alone for 04/13/09 - Skeptical Sunday: Is Ignorance Bliss?

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Are We Alone - Skeptical Sunday: Is Ignorance Bliss?
Europe is a country. Six justices sit on the Supreme Court. The Vietnamese attacked Pearl Harbor. If ignorance is bliss, this is one happy-go-lucky country. The average American's grasp of history, current events, and geography is so poor, according to one journalist, we've become a nation of dunces, seriously undermining our own future.

Keeping ourselves in the dark.

Find out why "F" stands for American intellect and what's behind the national trend of dumbing down. Also, the story of the brilliant Russian geneticist who paid the ultimate price during Stalin's Terror in the 1930s.

Plus, Brains on Vacation assesses the doomsday threat of the Large Hadron Collider. And, hunting for ghosts in Hollywood.
It's Skeptical Sunday... but don't take our word for it.

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, April 6, 2009

Are We Alone for 04/06/09 - Life of Brain

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Are We Alone - Life of Brain
We should award frequent travel miles to your brain. After all, it’s evolved a long way from the days of guiding brachiation from tree-to-tree to become the three pounds of web-surfing, Sudoku-playing powerhouse it is today. But a suite of technologies may expand human brains further still.

From smart pills to nano-wires: discover the potential – and peril – of neuro-engineering to repair and enhance our cognitive function.

Also, how our brains got so big in the first place: a defense of the modern diet.

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.