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The State of the Universe is an accessible science and social podcast hosted by Astrophysicist Brendan Drachler. Listen to Brendan and other renowned members of the scientific community discuss and explain the cutting edge research occurring across the world today!

The State of the Universe is an accessible science and social podcast hosted by Astrophysicist Brendan Drachler. Listen to Brendan and other renowned members of the scientific community discuss and explain the cutting edge research occurring across the world today!
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The State of the Universe is an accessible science and social podcast hosted by Astrophysicist Brendan Drachler. Listen to Brendan and other renowned members of the scientific community discuss and explain the cutting edge research occurring across the world today!

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English


Episodes

#20 - Dr. Stephen Pacala - Understanding Our Changing Climate and Carbon Mitigation

12/11/2018
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This week Brendan sits down with Dr. Stephen Pacala. Dr. Pacala is Frederick D. Petrie Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University and Director of the Princeton Environmental Institute. He also co-directs the Carbon Mitigation Initiative, a collaboration between Princeton University, British Petroleum and the Ford Motor Company to find solutions to the problem of global warming. His research covers a wide variety of ecological and mathematical topics with an...

Duration:00:49:29

#19 - Nate Stewart - Climate Change and Revitalizing Space Exploration

12/4/2018
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This week Brendan sits down with Nate Stewart. They discuss climate change, North Sentinel Island, revitalizing space exploration efforts, the InSight Probe, and the future of industry in space. Be sure to support the show by leaving a rating or a review and subscribing to receive future content. Consider becoming a Patron by donating to the show on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/thestateoftheuniverse. For more episodes or information about "The State of The Universe with Brendan...

Duration:03:34:45

#18 - Dr. Ken Miller - Science Denial, Free Will, and Finding Common Ground Between God and Evolution

11/28/2018
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This week Brendan sits down with Dr. Ken Miller. Dr. Miller is a Professor of Biology at Brown University and is also one of the foremost advocates for science education specifically as it applies to Evolution. He was the expert witness in the famous Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District case where he challenged the school board's mandate to incorporate intelligent design into the curriculum. He is the author of the popular books Finding Darwin's God (A Scientist's Search for Common...

Duration:01:32:28

#17 - Dr. Michael Poland - Monitoring the Yellowstone Supervolcano and Predicting Eruptions

11/21/2018
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In this week's episode Brendan sits down with volcano expert Dr. Michael Poland. Mike is a research geophysicist with the Cascades Volcano Observatory and the current Scientist-in-Charge of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory. Mike has taken part in studies on a variety of volcanic systems in the United states, including Mount St. Helens and other volcanoes of the Pacific Northwest, Kilauea and Mauna Loa volcanoes in Hawaii, and the Yellowstone caldera. Learn more by visiting the Caldera...

Duration:00:45:46

#16 - Dr. Maura McLaughlin - Gravitational Waves, NANOGrav and the Pulsar Search Collaboratory

11/14/2018
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Dr. Maura McLaughlin is a distinguished professor of physics and astronomy at West Virginia University. She is also the chair of the NANOGrav collaboration and the co-director of the Pulsar Search Collaboratory (PSC). More information about NANOGrav can be found at nanograv.org and the PSC can be found at pulsarsearchcollaboratory.com. Maura and Brendan discuss Pulsars, NANOGrav, Gravitational Waves, LIGO, engaging children in science, opioid addiction, and being a woman in science. Be...

Duration:01:32:43

#15 - Dr. Duncan Lorimer - Pulsars, Discovering Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs), and Creating Music

10/31/2018
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In this episode Brendan is joined by Dr. Duncan Lorimer. Duncan Lorimer is a Professor of Physics at West Virginia University and is interested in compact objects (black holes, neutron stars and white dwarfs) which he studies using radio pulsars. In 2007, his research group discovered a new type of object that had never been observed before - fast radio bursts (FRBs). These objects are still a mystery. Duncan is also a very good blues/folk musician who's music can be found at...

Duration:01:31:49

#14 - Nate Stewart - Bombs, Flu Vaccine Myths, and Mental Health

10/26/2018
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In this episode, Brendan is joined by Nate Stewart. They talk about the recent bomb scares across America, the state of journalism, green bean casserole, flu vaccine myths, Stephen Hawking's wheelchair auction, mental health, and the importance of communication. Be sure to support the show by leaving a rating or a review and subscribing to receive future content. Consider becoming a Patron by donating to the show on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/thestateoftheuniverse. For more...

Duration:00:34:58

#13 - Preventing Climate Change Denial and Show Updates

10/17/2018
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In this episode, Brendan discusses climate change indicators, why climate change denialism exists in certain areas, changing the opinion of deniers, and updates viewers on the growth of the show and much more! In this episode, Brendan references an interactive Yale climate study that can be found here. For more episodes or information about "The State of The Universe with Brendan Drachler" visit The State of The Universe or follow Brendan on Twitter and Instagram @BrendanDrachler. The...

Duration:00:36:57

#12 - Bernie Taylor - Before Orion, The First Astronomers, Astrology, and Recognizing Genius

10/10/2018
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Bernie Taylor is an independent naturalist, thought leader and author whose research explores the mythological connections and biological knowledge among prehistoric, indigenous and ancient peoples. His works in these areas include Biological Time (2004) and Before Orion: Finding the Face of the Hero(2017). Supplemental material for this episode can be found here. More about Bernie Taylor and his work can be found at BeforeOrion.com. Bernie can also be found on Twitter @BernieTaylorOr...

Duration:01:45:19

#11 - The Nobel Prize, Curing the Common Cold, and Being Reasonable

10/8/2018
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Two (un)professionals talking about life inside and outside of science.. This is a different format than my typical interview shows and I hope you enjoy it. For more episodes or information about "The State of The Universe with Brendan Drachler" visit thestateoftheuniverse.com or follow Brendan on Twitter and Instagram @BrendanDrachler. The State of the Universe is an accessible science and social podcast hosted by Astrophysicist Brendan Drachler. Listen to Brendan and other renowned...

Duration:00:46:40

#10 - Dr. Sam Sternberg - CRISPR, GMO's, and Bioethics

10/3/2018
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Samuel H. Sternberg, PhD, is a protein-RNA biochemist and CRISPR expert. He runs a research laboratory at Columbia University, where he is assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics. He is the co-author, along with Jennifer Doudna, of A Crack in Creation, a popular science book about the discovery, development, and applications of CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology. For more episodes or information about "The State of The Universe with Brendan...

Duration:01:01:52

#9 - Dr. Brian Keating - Reforming the Nobel Prize

9/26/2018
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This episode features Dr. Brian Keating. Brian is a professor of physics at the Center for Astrophysics & Space Sciences (CASS) in the Department of Physics at the University of California, San Diego. He is also the author of "Losing the Nobel Prize: A Story of Cosmology, Ambition, and the Perils of Science's Highest Honor." More information about Brian can be found here and his book can be purchased here. For more episodes or information about "The State of The Universe with Brendan...

Duration:00:52:38

#8 - James Barrat - Will Artificial Intelligence Destroy Us?

9/24/2018
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James Barrat is an author and a producer and director of documentaries. His book Our Final Invention "explores how the pursuit of Artificial Intelligence challenges our existence with machines that won’t love us or hate us, but whose indifference could spell our doom." Elon Musk has cited Our Final Invention as a book that should be read by people living in today's world. He has also produced and/or directed documentaries for National Geographic, Discovery Channel, PBS, and more. More...

Duration:00:45:13

#7 - Nate Stewart - Going to Space, Donald Trump 2020, and Alex Jones

9/21/2018
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Nathan Stewart is a physicist who has studied alongside me throughout my early career. For more episodes or information about "The State of The Universe with Brendan Drachler" visit thestateoftheuniverse.com or follow Brendan on Twitter and Instagram @BrendanDrachler. The State of the Universe is an accessible science and social podcast hosted by Astrophysicist Brendan Drachler. Listen to Brendan and other renowned members of the scientific community discuss and explain the cutting...

Duration:01:46:22

#6 - Dr. Joan Nichols - Bioengineering Lungs, Health Effects of Space Travel, and Succeeding in Science

9/12/2018
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Dr. Joan E. Nichols is a Professor of Internal Medicine, and Microbiology and Immunology and the Associate Director of the Galveston National Laboratory at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Her recent work has shown that lungs grown in the lab can be successfully transplanted into a living pig. This may have clinical ramifications in the coming decades. For more episodes or information about "The State of The Universe with Brendan Drachler" visit...

Duration:01:48:12

#5 - Dr. Francis Halzen - Detecting Neutrinos, MultiMessenger Astronomy, and The IceCube Neutrino Observatory

9/5/2018
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Dr. Francis Halzen is a Professor of Physics at The University of Wisconsin - Madison and the principal investigator of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory and earlier this year his name was attached to an incredible discovery and advancement for the field of astrophysics. In July 2018, IceCube announced that they have traced an extremely-high-energy neutrino that hit their detector in September 2017 back to its point of origin. The specifics are mentioned in the discussion. This is the...

Duration:01:19:28

#4 - Dr. David Fisher - Space Force, Going Back To The Moon, and Politics

8/29/2018
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Dr. David Fisher is a Professor of Physics at Lycoming College and a spaceflight historian by practice. He has been an avid collector of spaceflight memorabilia for decades and has documented historical information regarding human efforts in space for longer than I've been alive. In this episode, we discuss the Space Force, why we need to return to the moon, the politics that go into space exploration, and much more. For more episodes or information about "The State of The Universe...

Duration:01:57:47

#3 - Dr. Darold Treffert - Savant Syndrome, Psychedelics, and Paranormal Experiences

8/22/2018
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Dr. Darold Treffert is a retired psychiatrist and current researcher in the fields of savant syndrome and autism. Darold has appeared on 60 Minutes, CBS Evening News, McNeil/Lehrer Newshour, Larry King, Today, Donahue, Oprah, Discovery Channel. Dateline, CNN and a number of documentaries in the United States and other countries. His work has appeared in numerous publications including Time, People, Newsweek, USA Today and Scientific American. Darold has also published two books on...

Duration:01:46:13

#2 - Dr. Nicole Gugliucci - Making Citizen Science Successful, Compensating Citizen Scientists, and Overpopulation

8/17/2018
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Dr. Nicole Gugliucci is a Professor of Astronomy at St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH. She is an expert in radio astronomy and citizen science. In this episode we discuss getting citizens involved in science and how to retain and motivate those citizens. We also discuss the limitations of citizen science and how to overcome those limitations. For more episodes or information about "The State of The Universe with Brendan Drachler" visit thestateoftheuniverse.com or follow Brendan on...

Duration:01:17:15

#1 - Dr. Chris Kulp - Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence

8/16/2018
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Dr. Chris Kulp is a Professor of Physics at Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA and an avid researcher in the field of nonlinear dynamics and chaos. He specializes in Nonlinear Time Series Analysis. In this episode, we discuss nonlinear and chaotic systems and how he studies them. We also discuss the growing field of machine learning and its applications in industry and academia. Artificial Intelligence and its implications on the work force are also discussed. For more episodes or...

Duration:01:50:37