This week I have an interview with NASA engineer Holly Griffith. We talk about Engineer's Week (Feb 18-24), the importance of engineers in life all around us, women in science, and some other stuff.
Also, I am tired of saying "Never again."
This week I interview Dr. Emily Monosson about her book Natural Defense: Enlisting Bugs and Germs to Protect Our Food and Health, and we talk about academia, changes in our society currently underway, and motherhood in the scientific world.
Also, Robocoffee, and searching for technosignatures around distant planets. Oh, and some guy launched a car into space.
This week I had a long chat with Ira Pastor, CEO of Bioquark. We talked about their research into new treatments for disease, the importance of a good scientific process, and the challenge of translation, getting from the petri dish to mice to people. Also, a lesson the importance of looking back to past research
This week I ruminate on some of my early inspirations for long term thinking from the world of science fiction.
Also, nano material from pitcher plants, and tiny nuclear reactors for your house on Mars.
This week I have an interview with Austin Miller of Craft Crickets (crackcrickets.com). We discuss the many benefits of eating insects and some of the details of how one farms crickets.
Also, Asimov's 1953 vision of self-driving cars, and more news on Tabby's Star.
This week I offer an essay on my music career, and how that fits (or doesn't) with modern society in America. I also ruminate on the place of arts in civilization and whether other careers will go as arts have gone.
Plus news in graphene spider webs, our interstellar visitor, and Voyager 1
I thought with the business of the holiday this week we could all use a break from my normal banter/blather. In the feed today is an acoustic EP, Evagation, from my band Strange Land
27 Miles Out
The Girl With The Octarine Eyes
The Last Mountain
This week I have an interview with Steve McKeon from the U of O. We talk about blockchain and bitcoin, what it is, what people are doing with it, and why you should pay attention. Please see the show notes for a number of links to recent news.
Also, genetic engineering a skin replacement to fight a deadly disease.
This week I have a long interview I did a few weeks ago John Donovan. John is the Director of the MicroAnalytical Facility at the University of Oregon's CAMCOR, Center for Advanced Materials Characterization. I got a tour of the whole facility and we talked about all the different kinds of nanotechnology scanning and imaging done at the facility.
This week I have a great chat with Abigail Harrison, aka Astronaut Abby. We talk bout her ambitions for Mars, getting people excited about space, STEM, and the arts, and whether there will be cats on Mars.
This week features an interview with Aerospace Engineer Mike Paul Hughes. We chat about upcoming missions, speculate on life, and Mike reminds us why it's important to study history.
Also, a bad case of bad science headlines.
This week I have an interview with astrophysicist Steve Kilston of Interstellar Consultants. One of Steve's projects is a practical and well thought out 500 year plan for building a ship that could take us to another star system. This is not pie-in-the-sky stuff, this is grounded in practical knowledge.
Also, Australia gets its own space agency.