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.