What happens to old satellites? Or to astronauts’ trash? It turns out that the Earth is surrounded by a sphere of garbage – often referred to as space junk. This consists of everything from bits of frozen coolant, paint flecks, astronauts’ tools, and even a toothbrush. There is no trash collection in space. What happens, […]
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Today on the podcast we are joined by Brother Guy Consolmano. Often referred to as the Pope’s Astronomer, Brother Guy is the director of the Vatican Observatory and head of the Vatican Observatory Foundation. He has a foot in two worlds. In one, he is a scientist. He specializes in meteorites and is a graduate […]
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Is the red that I see the orange that you see? When we look at the blue sky, are we seeing the same color? How about the infamous dress, which some people see as black and blue and some see as white and gold? When we see color, the cones within our eyes interpret the […]
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There’s no denying that artificial intelligence can do a lot. It can solve problems we cannot solve. It can take us for a spin around town. It even is able to hold a conversation with us. But can it be creative? Some consider creativity solely a human endeavor. However, today we are looking at the […]
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Where do you get your news from? Can you trust it? Gone are the days when most people read the newspaper. Instead, many people now get their news from their Facebook feed, Twitter, or a host of other online sources. Unfortunately, amid the cat videos and photos of friends, it may be hard to tell […]
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What is the self? Does the collection of neurons in our brains define the entirety of who we are? Modern day neuroscience attempts to explain who we are through understanding how the brain works, sometimes even trying to find a single entity that can be labeled as the “self”. Yet, for thousands of years, […]
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SparkDialog Podcasts is currently on break until February 6th with Season 3. In the meantime, enjoy this best of episode. Climate change is often viewed as a political problem. But in reality, it is a scientific issue, and perhaps equally as important, it is a moral and spiritual issue. How are religious communities responding? Today we […]
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SparkDialog Podcasts is currently on break until February 6th with Season 3. In the meantime, enjoy this best of episode. Going to space is always a risky business. If you forget something or if something breaks, you may be days, months, or even years away from receiving a spare part. This risk could be life […]
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SparkDialog Podcasts is currently on break until February 6th with Season 3. In the meantime, enjoy this best of episode. The power to edit genes is now within our hands. You may have heard of it. It’s a technology called CRISPR-Cas9. It’s taking the science world by storm, due to its ease of deployment and […]
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SparkDialog Podcasts is currently on break until February 6th with Season 3. In the meantime, enjoy this best of episode. We hear it every year around this time – the story of the Nativity. More specifically, we hear about three wise men, following the star of Bethlehem to bring the newborn Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense, and […]
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SparkDialog Podcasts is currently on break until February 6th with Season 3. In the meantime, enjoy this best of episode. A robotic moral code may seem like an odd thing to talk about. But there are now instances when robots, machines, and artificial intelligence will need an ethical framework. From self-driving cars to autonomous weapons […]
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Living among the stars has long been a dream of humanity. But as we begin to step off this Earth and colonize other planets, many will argue: do we deserve a second chance? With climate change, over-exploitation of natural resources, and man-made ecological problems on this planet, we should stop and wonder – what can […]
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Imagine you’re having a bad day. In the blink of an eye, a household accident causes you to loose the fingers on one hand. You go from having a normal life to having nothing ever being the same again. Flipping a pancake, hammering a nail, or combing your hair become seemingly unsurmountable challenges. Not too […]
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One day a few years ago, zombees were discovered in San Francisco. No, not zombies. No brains were eaten, or undead reanimated. We’re talking about zombees. This is an affliction currently affecting honeybees in North America. These bees have their bodies hijacked by a parasite that slowly eats them from the inside out. As these […]
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With the population of the world growing, the future of food will be quite different than what we are used to. With the global population becoming more concentrated in urban centers, transportation of food will also need to change. Just like common food choices have evolved over the centuries, what we will be eating in […]
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You may not realize it, but big data, machine learning, and artificial intelligence affect your life on a daily basis. Companies can gain information about you through such things as your internet usage patterns, the location data from your cell phone, and the photos you upload to the internet. You may think you understand what […]
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Within the last century, things have changed significantly for women in science. At the beginning of the 20th century, women rarely were educated in science, and seldom became professional scientists. Yet there were a few brilliant women who rose to the top. Today we are discussing one of them - Ruby Payne-Scott. In today's podcast, […]
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Last week, a total solar eclipse passed over the United States. And millions of people watched – making it perhaps one of the most viewed events in history. In today’s podcast, we talk about the awe, the wonder, and the science behind the eclipse. What was it like to stand in the moon’s shadow and […]
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If the Dalai Lama didn't become a monk, he would have been an engineer. Even today, science and mathematics fascinate him. But in spite of this, many Tibetan monks are unfamiliar with modern science, some not even knowing that the Earth revolves around the sun. In an attempt to remedy this, the Dalai Lama helped […]
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