Are science and religion compatible? For some, the answer is a resounding yes! Others see nothing but conflict, especially, it seems, around evolution. Today, we talk about science, religion, and evolution, from the points of view of a Jewish rabbi, a Humanist chaplain, a Christian pastor, and a Buddhist sensei. We also talk about The […]
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The Earth is not the only planet to undergo radical changes in its climate. Even if we look at the nearby solar neighborhood, we can see that Venus and Mars underwent significant changes in their climate in the past. Venus is a textbook example of the greenhouse effect gone haywire. Mars most likely had flowing […]
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Millions of people worldwide are suffering from the brain diseases Alzheimer’s and dementia. These diseases take a toll not just on the patients, but also their loved ones. These spouses, children, and friends may be forgotten, left by themselves to question where this leaves their relationship. In some cases, they might even think that their […]
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Everything changes. Even the stars, that seem so constant, will one day burn out. The sky will change. Today, we’re going on a journey to the very distant future of the Universe to see what is in store for us all. The time scales we will be talking about are truly mind-blowing. We’ll see what […]
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What is time? We may not fully understand it, but we do know this: time has some very odd qualities. Today, we discuss our current understanding the philosophy of time. So what makes time so strange? It’s not like the other dimensions. It only flows in one direction. We can go forward into the future, but […]
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Building any type of infrastructure is challenging, whether it be a house or a skyscraper. The difficulty is only compounded when you are building in the remote desert, a coastal town recently hit by a hurricane, or even an observatory on a high mountain. In some locations, it is difficult and downright expensive to bring […]
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Agriculture in Africa has its share of challenges. Sometimes it’s the drought, other times, it’s soil quality. Things like climate change and unpredictable rainfall has made things worse. However, it’s possible that agriculture in Africa can be revolutionized through the use of technology. From drones used to monitor farms to apps on cell phones, farmers are […]
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When you think of ways general science is communicated to the public, you probably think of a PBS documentary, a fun youtube video, the science section of Barnes and Nobel, or maybe even your favorite podcast (wink wink). But can scientific comics be an equally effective way at communicating science? Matteo Farinella thinks so. Matteo […]
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I’m sure you heard about the debate, and you probably have an opinion about it. Should genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, be part of our food supply? Have you ever refused to buy a product because it was labeled “Partially produced with genetic engineering”? What exactly does GM mean? What is the benefit of GMOs […]
The post Ep 52: To GM or not to GM: GMOs in a Changing World – with guest Dr. Sarah Evanega appeared first on SparkDialog.
It may not seem like it when you glance at your Roomba, but robots are influencing gender roles, family, and even religion. From Rosie to RoboCop, robots and gender have a connection in both science fiction and reality. “Female” robots are often small, with almond shaped eyes and light colors, while “male” robots are burly, with […]
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There is not a new episode of SparkDialog Podcast this week due to Hurricane Florence. We’ll be back in two weeks with a new episode. In the meantime check out sparkdialog.com for more episodes.
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“Bypasses are devices that allow some people to dash from point A to point B very fast while other people dash from point B to point A very fast. People living at point C, being a point directly in between, are often given to wonder what’s so great about point A that so many people […]
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If someone on the other side of the world uses a different type of spoon to eat their soup than you do, chances are it’s not going to bother you. But if they engaged in practices that hurt women and children, it would. What is the difference? It turns out that choices that we see […]
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The Universe was not always like it is today. Before the Universe was filled with light, it was a dark and lifeless place. This era, the dark ages, ended with the birth of the first stars. When the first star was born, the Universe was changed dramatically. As these first stars continued their lives, they […]
The post Ep 48: Let There be Light: First Stars and Cosmic Dawn – with guest Dr. Harish Vedantham appeared first on SparkDialog.
From the pleasant crunch of gravel under your feet to traffic of a nearby highway, noise is all around us. At high levels, this noise can even reach dangerous levels that can lead to health problems. If we could quantify the noise around us, we could understand how prevalent it is in our lives, what […]
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When we think of geology, we may think of the Grand Canyon. We imagine layers upon layers of geological strata containing rocks that were formed millions or even billions of years ago. But do we ever think about the geological layer that is being laid down today? How will humankind be remembered in the rocks? […]
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Can science help us live forever? Or maybe for just a really long time? Death has always been with us, our last big adventure, the giant question mark that ends our lives. Philosophers and religious have tried to understand it. And many people fear it. As long as we can remember, people have searched for […]
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Far beneath the Canadian ice cap, isolated from the sun and the wind, lies two entire lakes. These subglacial lakes, recently discovered by Anja Rutishauser and her team, seem like they shouldn’t exist at all. For starters, they have a temperature far below the freezing point of water. This implies that perhaps these lakes are unique […]
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The world today generates an immense amount of data. Companies gather data on our buying habits, our location, and how we spend our time. The enormity of this data is too much for human analysts to dig through alone. Instead, they use machine learning algorithms. These algorithms take big data to analyze your routines, infer […]
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