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The Puzzle Of Quantum Reality

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 17:30:00 -0400

Despite the incredibly accurate predictions of quantum theory, there's a lot of disagreement over what it says about reality — or even whether it says anything at all about it, says guest Adam Becker.

A Chinese Space Lab Will Soon Fall From The Sky. Where It Lands, No One Knows

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 12:51:00 -0400

Most of the Chinese space lab, the size of a city bus, will burn up in the atmosphere, but some debris may survive re-entry.

NASA Study Finds Astronaut's Genes Changed While In Space

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 16:13:00 -0400

A study shows that not only do astronaut's genes change in space, but they have the potential to remained changed even months after the astronaut is back on Earth.

Live High Definition Video From Mars? NASA Is Getting Ready

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 16:14:00 -0400

NASA is building a new space-based laser communication that will allow live, high-definition video from Mars and beyond — something that's not possible with standard radio equipment.

The Universe According To Albert Einstein: Relativity

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 11:17:00 -0400

When Einstein, born 139 years ago on Wednesday, came onto the science scene, physics was in crisis. New ideas were badly needed — it was the perfect moment for a trailblazer, says Marcelo Gleiser.

Stephen Hawking, Who Awed Both Scientists And The Public, Dies

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 23:59:00 -0400

Hawking was a theoretical physicist who changed how scientists think about gravity. He also wrote the best-selling book A Brief History of Time and lent his machine-aided voice to TV shows. He was 76.

Getting Climate Change Right: In Light Of The Stars

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 11:52:00 -0500

When it comes to facing global warming, dealing with climate change and making informed choices for our cherished "project of civilization," we've been asking the wrong question, says Adam Frank.

Life Hacking Life: The Scary Premise Of 'Annihilation'

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 10:59:00 -0500

As with Ex Machina, says Marcelo Gleiser, director Alex Garland is sending a warning: We are now hacking life itself and will continue to do so with growing efficiency. Are we creating our own doom?

William Shatner Will Be A Part Of A Real-Life Space Mission

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 05:54:00 -0500

Shatner explored the galaxy as Captain Kirk on Star Trek. This summer, NASA is launching a probe to study the sun and it'll carry a microchip with Shatner's name on it.

Did Dark Matter Make The Early Universe Chill Out?

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 13:49:00 -0500

A new study suggests that the early universe got an unexpectedly cold start, and that dark matter may be to blame.

Vodaphone And Nokia To Develop A Cellphone Network On The Moon

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 06:23:00 -0500

The point is to allow high definition streaming from the lunar landscape back to Earth as part of the first privately funded moon mission. It will be a 4G network because the 5G is still in testing.

'The Dialogues' Takes On Physics And Reality In Words And Pictures

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 11:21:51 -0500

Commentator Adam Frank interviews physicist Clifford Johnson, who has taken a new approach to the exploration of questions about the nature of the universe — the graphic novel.

SpaceX Completes Successful Launch, Narrowly Misses Catching $6 Million Nose Cone

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:00:00 -0500

As part of his "rocket reusability" ethos, Elon Musk had hoped to use a giant net on a boat to catch the rocket's protective covering. It turns out it's hard to catch stuff falling from space.

Can We Change The Past?

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:12:00 -0500

Putting humans and consciousness aside, at the level of quantum particles, Wheeler's delayed-choice experiments show that actions in the present can influence the past, says physicist Marcelo Gleiser.

A Scientific Search For A Ghost (Particle)

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 10:06:00 -0500

Scientists put a lot of effort into uncovering the history of these tiny bits of matter, in the hopes that it will tell us something about the universe, says astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser.