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The surprising connections in science and technology that give you the Big Picture. Astronomer Seth Shostak and science journalist Molly Bentley are joined each week by leading researchers, techies, and journalists to provide a smart and humorous take on science. Our regular "Skeptic Check" episodes cast a critical eye on pseudoscience.
 
A podcast about how we imagine, and how what we imagine shapes what we do. Each conversation brings together visionaries from the worlds of arts, sciences, humanities, and technology discussing the nature of imagination and how we collaborate to create the future. Hosted by Dr Brian Keating, Chancellor’s Distinguished Professor of Physics at UC San Diego. For show notes go to: https://briankeating.com/podcast.php
 
The research community like you have never heard it before. Join us, The Scientistt Podcast, along with a host of special guests, as we explore the realities of research life in the most honest and informative way possible. Delving deeper into the industry’s latest research and most pressing questions, and sharing the unique perspectives of some of the community’s leading figures. This is a podcast by researchers, for researchers. New episodes weekly. Scientistt, a free networking platform f ...
 
Explore the edges of knowledge and creativity from the perspective of Volandino’s spacecraft. Javier Ideami's alter ego, Volandino, debates with leading thinkers and explorers, in english and spanish, always trying to go "Beyond" in connection with the experiences and thoughts of these leading thinkers. The podcast combines editions in both English and Spanish, with a casual format that invites improvisation. "Beyond" is brought to you by Javier Ideami. Ideami is a multidisciplinary award wi ...
 
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Since the first Martian “canals” were charted in 1877, space aliens have captivated sky-gazers, night travelers, and television watchers worldwide. Polls show that nearly half of all Americans believe in extraterrestrials, and many are convinced they’ve visited Earth. A fair number of scientists also suspect that aliens exist, and for decades they’…
 
Everyone is familiar with the immediate consequences of a pandemic – sickness and death. But the long-term ramifications can be just as dramatic: a breakdown of the family and society, shifts in political power, and widespread appeals to magical thinking. Plagues are societal disrupters. Their effects can linger long after the pathogens have gone. …
 
More than any other person, my Ph.D advisor Peter Timbie, taught me how to be a scientist. We discuss Peter’s advisor David Wilkinson (namesake of the WMAP satellite) and Bob Dicke. Learn the history of the Cosmic Microwave Background told by one of best teachers in the Universe. Thanks to our sponsors! https://magbreakthrough.com/impossible http:/…
 
Steven Strogatz is the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Applied Mathematics at Cornell University. Early in his career, he worked on a variety of problems in mathematical biology, including the geometry of supercoiled DNA, the dynamics of the human sleep-wake cycle, the topology of three-dimensional chemical waves, and the collective behavior of b…
 
What is the nature of the abundant accounts of unexplained aerial phenomena? Are they harbingers of advanced extraterrestrial engineering, math, and physics, beyond our standard model? Or is there a more prosaic, though no less significant explanation, ranging from military operations, unreliable witnesses, or confirmation bias? Is our government s…
 
The toilet: A ubiquitous appliance that dates to the time of Shakespeare. But billions of people around the world still lack modern sanitation infrastructure. And the incentive to modernize includes the possibility that recycling human waste could help with conservation efforts, energy generation, and even medicine. Also, a sixth-grader puts lipsti…
 
Harvard's Dr. Delilah Gates joins to discuss the fascinating & foreboding subject of black holes! Black holes are mysterious objects that have perplexed humanity for centuries, yet Delilah reveals new perspectives on their most inscrutable properties via in-depth studies of their spins, entropy, event horizons & more. Dr. Delilah Gates is Harvard's…
 
What’s the difference between a bird call and the sound of a pile driver? Not much, when you’re close to the loudest bird ever. Find out when it pays to be noisy and when noise can worsen your health. Just about everyone eventually suffers some hearing loss, but that’s not merely aging. It’s an ailment we inflict on ourselves. Hear how a team in Ne…
 
Mick West, a debunker, skeptic, writer, UFO investigator, and former video game programmer. This is the official channel for videos relating to the debunking and other experiments I do on my forum MetaBunk.org. It's also where I post the video of my Podcast - Tales From the Rabbit Hole (tftrh.com) which focuses on long-form discussions with people …
 
How do we measure success, productivity or efficiency? Elie AlChaer is a civil engineer who studied at the Lebanese American University, Byblos and completed his graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley. His experience in the construction industry led to the start of his research on productivity and how to measure it. In this epis…
 
Whether you yawn, gasp, sniff, snore, or sigh, you’re availing yourself of our very special atmosphere. It’s easy to take this invisible chemical cocktail for granted, but it’s not only essential to your existence: it unites you and every other life form on the planet, dead or alive. The next breath you take likely includes molecules exhaled by Jul…
 
Denise Shull is the author of MARKET Mind Games, which has been repeatedly called "ahead of its time", "a game-changer" and "the best book on trading psychology" in unsolicited Amazon reviews. Shull is a performance coach who uses neuroeconomics and modern psychoanalysis in her work with hedge funds and professional athletes. She is also the founde…
 
Lee Smolin is a theoretical physicist who has been since 2001 a founding and senior faculty member at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. His main contributions have been so far to the quantum theory of gravity, to which he has been a co-inventor and major contributor to two major directions, loop quantum gravity and deformed special relat…
 
Bill Pulte, a 30 something investor and entrepreneur coined the term “Twitter Philanthropy”. He has given away $800k+ via Cash App to those in need. Pulte’s grandfather (William Pulte) founded PulteGroup, one of America’s largest home construction and real estate development firms. Inspired by Bill, I'm giving away $100 to a science teacher to use …
 
Standing on your own two feet isn’t easy. While many animals can momentarily balance on their hind legs, we’re the only critters, besides birds, for whom bipedalism is completely normal. Find out why, even though other animals are faster, we’re champions at getting around. Could it be that our upright stance made us human? Plus, why arches help sti…
 
In January 2020, today's guest was named a member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences by Pope Francis. That's right, Dani Rodrik is a seriously respected and world-renowned Turkish economist and Professor of International Political Economy at Harvard University. Publishing widely in the areas of international economics, economic developmen…
 
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SAVE 25-40% on SKEPTIC Magazine Subscriptions 1 year/4 issues 25% off print subscriptions (now US $22.50. Reg. US $30) 40% off digital subscription (now US $8.99. Reg. US $14.99)Digital subscribers get the current issue instantly, and three more issues follow as they are released throughout the year. Digital subscription can be synchronized to your…
 
Was 2020 really the "worst year ever," as some would have us believe? Or are things getting better? Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker has shown that poverty, pollution and other challenges are on the wane and we're doing better now in every one of a host of important metrics compared with 30 years ago. Yet progress isn't inevitable, and it doesn't…
 
Two heads may be better than one. But what about three or more? A new study shows that chimpanzees excel at complex tasks when they work in groups, and their accumulated knowledge can even be passed from one generation to the next. But group-think also can be maladaptive. When humans rely on knowledge that they assume other people possess, they can…
 
Who is today's guest? "Born in South Africa, I started my academic career at the University of Cape Town where I triple majored in Statistics, Economics, and Philosophy. I realised fairly late on that my passion was in physics, so I moved to the Uk to complete my undergraduate in theoretical physics at Queen Mary University of London. During that p…
 
Andy Weir built a two-decade career as a software engineer until the success of his first published novel, The Martian, allowed him to live out his dream of writing full-time. He is a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of such subjects as relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. Thanks to our sponsors!…
 
Eric Weinstein & Lee Smolin: A conversation on Theories of Everything: String Theory, Geometric Unity, Loop Quantum Gravity, Lisi’s E8 etc. 00:00 Introduction 05:00 Michio Kaku & the God Equation: problematic? https://youtu.be/3to9ymn-XKI 10:00 Is String Theory sucking the oxygen out of physics? 15:00 There are challenges to challengers like loop q…
 
Immediately recognizable in his wheelchair and surrounded by an entourage of nurses, Stephen Hawking was a symbol of the power of mind over matter. The public adored him, and the media compared hirn to Newton and Einstein. Appearing at concerts, on The Simpsons, and even on the edge of space, he was widely considered the world's best physicist, and…
 
An MIT astrophysicist reinvents herself in the wake of tragedy and discovers the power of connection on this planet, even as she searches our galaxy for another Earth, in this “bewitching” memoir. “Sara Seager’s exploration of outer and inner space makes for a stunningly original memoir.”—Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting for Stone. Sara Seager h…
 
Nothing lasts forever. Even the universe has several possible endings. Will there be a dramatic Big Rip or a Big Chill­–also known as the heat death of the universe–in trillions of years? Or will vacuum decay, which could theoretically happen at any moment, do us in? Perhaps the death of a tiny particle – the proton – will bring about the end. We c…
 
Greenspun grew up in Bethesda, Maryland, and received a B.S. in Mathematics from MIT in 1982. After working for Hewlett Packard Research Labs in Palo Alto and Symbolics, he became a founder of ICAD, Inc. Greenspun returned to MIT to study electrical engineering and computer science, eventually receiving a Ph.D. Working with Isaac Kohane of Boston C…
 
Professor Sir Simon Baron-Cohen is a cognitive neuroscientist and the Director of the Autism Research Centre, based at Cambridge University. Baron-Cohen was knighted in the 2021 New Year Honours for services to people with autism, as well as making major contributions to the fields of typical cognitive sex differences, autism prevalence and screeni…
 
Dr. Michio Kaku — theoretical physicist, bestselling author, acclaimed public speaker, renowned futurist, and popularizer of science. As co-founder of String Field Theory, Dr. Kaku carries on Einstein’s quest to unite the four fundamental forces of nature into a single grand unified theory of everything. Support our Sponsor LinkedIn Jobs! Use this …
 
Dr. Michio Kaku — theoretical physicist, bestselling author, acclaimed public speaker, renowned futurist, and popularizer of science. As co-founder of String Field Theory, Dr. Kaku carries on Einstein’s quest to unite the four fundamental forces of nature into a single grand unified theory of everything. Support our Sponsor LinkedIn Jobs! Use this …
 
The Earth is not round. Technically, it’s an oblate spheroid. But for some people, the first statement is not even approximately correct. Flat Earthers believe that our planet resembles – not a slightly squashed grapefruit – but a thick pancake. A journalist who covered a Flat Earth convention describes the rationale behind this ever-more popular b…
 
In How to Have Impossible Conversations, Peter Boghossian and James Lindsay guide you through the straightforward, practical, conversational techniques necessary for every successful conversation -- whether the issue is climate change, religious faith, gender identity, race, poverty, immigration, or gun control. Boghossian and Lindsay teach the sub…
 
Prof Tim Noakes is a South African scientist and former Emeritus professor in division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine at the University of Cape Town. As one of the very highest rated members of the National Research Foundation, it would make sense to listen to what he thinks about sports nutrition right? Noakes is a big supporter of a low-…
 
For Earth Day 2021, we present a discussion of the comprehensive guide to surviving climate change and global warming, an existential issue of our time, from New York Times bestselling self-help author and beloved CBS Sunday Morning science and technology correspondent David Pogue. Support our Sponsor LinkedIn Jobs! Use this link to post your first…
 
David Perell is a modern philosopher-scholar. He is a Gen-Z version of Seth Godin who both writes and thinks in public to become a more refined intellectual. He is a brilliant raconteur who also partners with Tiago Forte to produce the spectacular "Building a Second Brain" course! Support our Sponsor LinkedIn Jobs! Use this link to post your first …
 
Kamal Ravikant has trekked to one of the highest base camps in the Himalayas, earned the US Army Infantry patch, walked 550 miles across Spain, lived in Paris, and bungee jumped out of a perfectly good hot air balloon. Kamal is the only non-black, non-woman member of the Black Women’s writers’ group. Mr. Ravikant won a San Francisco-wide modeling c…
 
Waste Not Why create more landfill? Perhaps you should resist the urge to toss those old sneakers, the broken ceiling fan, or last year’s smart phone. Instead, repurpose them! Global junk entrepreneurs are leading the way in turning trash to treasure, while right-to-repair advocates fight for legislation that would give you a decent shot at fixing …
 
Thanks to today’s sponsor, LinkedIn Jobs! Visit linkedin.com/impossible to post your job ad for FREE! A chat about a new paper by Dr. Konstanin Batygin and Mike Brown about the Injection of Inner Oort Cloud Objects Into the Distant Kuiper Belt by Planet Nine. Planet Nine is an as yet undiscovered planet that may lurk in the outer solar system. Read…
 
Dr. Mark Miller is an assistant professor at the University of Hokkaido’s Center for Human Nature, Artificial Intelligence and Neuroscience. In this episode of The Scientistt Podcast, we break down Mark's notion of the “predictive mind”, exploring how the brain constructs its own reality from the top down. Further, we delve in to hard-hitting topic…
 
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We all get defensive sometimes. For some animals, evolution has provided a highly effective mechanism for saying “back off!”. A puncture by a pair of venom-filled fangs gets the point across nicely. But one animal’s poison may be another’s cure. Some dangerous critters churn out compounds that can be synthesized into life-saving drugs. Meet the spi…
 
Eric Weinstein, host of the Portal Podcast, reveals Geometric Unity, his provocative new Theory of Everything. First discussed in 2013, later explored on the Joe Rogan Experience and Lex Fridman’s podcast, I am delighted Eric revealed the published version FIRST on The INTO THE IMPOSSIBLE Podcast. Thanks to today’s sponsor, LinkedIn Jobs! Visit lin…
 
Weinstein, host of the Portal Podcast, reveals Geometric Unity, his provocative new Theory of Everything. First discussed in 2013, later explored on the Joe Rogan Experience and Lex Fridman’s podcast, I am delighted Eric revealed the published version FIRST on The INTO THE IMPOSSIBLE Podcast. Thanks to today’s sponsor, LinkedIn Jobs! Visit linkedin…
 
Chengyu Liang is a world-renowned researcher with almost 17,000 citations. Her research explores basic mechanisms underlying fundamental cellular processes in the development of cancer and infectious disease. In short, Dr Liang is working to understand how to prevent melenomas (skin cancer) - work which has huge implications on the overall goal of …
 
John Mather, is a driving force in space astronomy and cosmology. In 1989 he helped discover that the cosmic background radiation's spectrum corresponds to black-body radiation - radiation emitted by a dark, glowing body. The result provided evidence that the background radiation is a remnant from the creation of the universe in the Big Bang. John …
 
The Earth’s surface is dappled with more than a thousand volcanoes. They mark the edges of tectonic plates, spewing hot gas and ash, and boiling over with lava. We can detect the warning signs of an eruption, but why is it still so hard to predict? Meet a few currently active hot heads: Mauna Loa, Nyiragongo, Fagradalsfjall, and Soufrière – and fin…
 
Philip Plait, also known as The Bad Astronomer, is an American astronomer, skeptic, writer and popular science blogger. Plait has worked as part of the Hubble Space Telescope team, images and spectra of astronomical objects, as well as engaging in public outreach advocacy for NASA missions. He has written two books, Bad Astronomy and Death from the…
 
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