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Getting a Second Chance: Space Ethics, Mining, and Colonization – with guest Dr. Tony Milligan - SparkDialog

11/21/2017
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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 […] The post Getting a Second Chance: Space Ethics, Mining, and Colonization – with guest Dr. Tony Milligan appeared first on SparkDialog.

Duration: 00:35:07


Lending a Hand – a Prosthetic Hand – with guests Dr. David Grow and His Group - SparkDialog

11/7/2017
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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 […] The post Lending a Hand – a Prosthetic Hand – with guests Dr. David Grow and His Group appeared first on SparkDialog.

Duration: 00:30:21


Zombees! A Halloween Episode – with guest Dr. John Hafernik - SparkDialog

10/24/2017
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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 […] The post Zombees! A Halloween Episode – with guest Dr. John Hafernik appeared first on SparkDialog.

Duration: 00:33:55


From Steak to Insects – The Future of Food – with guest Max Elder - SparkDialog

10/10/2017
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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 […] The post From Steak to Insects – The Future of Food – with guest Max Elder appeared first on SparkDialog.

Duration: 00:36:40


Humanitarian and Privacy Concerns with AI – with guest Dr. Rumman Chowdhury - SparkDialog

9/26/2017
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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 […] The post Humanitarian and Privacy Concerns with AI – with guest Dr. Rumman Chowdhury appeared first on SparkDialog.

Duration: 00:28:22


Women in Science – Ruby Payne-Scott – with guest Dr. Miller Goss - SparkDialog

9/12/2017
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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, […] The post Women in Science – Ruby Payne-Scott – with guest Dr. Miller Goss appeared first on SparkDialog.

Duration: 00:35:20


The Solar Eclipse – Awe, Wonder, and Science - SparkDialog

8/29/2017
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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 […] The post The Solar Eclipse – Awe, Wonder, and Science appeared first on SparkDialog.

Duration: 00:30:35


The Dalai Lama, Tibetan Monks, and Science – with guest Chris Impey - SparkDialog

3/24/2017
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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 […] The post The Dalai Lama, Tibetan Monks, and Science – with guest Chris Impey appeared first on SparkDialog.

Duration: 00:30:52