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 […]
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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 […]
The post Ep 49: Ice Cream and Nazis: The Origin of Moral Choices – with guest Dr. P. Kyle Stanford appeared first on SparkDialog.
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 […]
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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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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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