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Franck Marchis - Exoplanets

Franck Marchis - Exoplanets

May 16, 2021

Franck Marchis is a Planetary astronomer at the SETI Institute and the CSO at Unistellar.

Franck starts the conversation today with some of the real time stats in the search for other worlds, such as numbers of planets and numbers of stars, that really shine a light on our place in the universe. He also discusses Astronomical research itself, and how things like citizen science can really bolster this pursuit. Lastly, Franck reflects on some of the philosophical and societal effects that looking to the stars really has.

https://unistellaroptics.com/

Lewis Dartnell - Astrobiology

Lewis Dartnell - Astrobiology

May 2, 2021

Lewis Dartnell is an Astrobiologist, Presenter and Author.

Today he discusses the series of contradictions that we have on the topic of life elsewhere. Life on Earth is somehow special, yet there is an abundance of Earth-like planets within our universe. Life is fragile, yet life always find a way. So In this conversation, Lewis discusses what is significant in Astrobiology, why it matters to us, its effects on society and ultimately what that means for humanity and for the future.

For more information on Lewis, as well as his fantastic books, find him at lewisdartnell.com.

Other Worlds - Mars as the Abode of LIfe

Other Worlds - Mars as the Abode of LIfe

April 27, 2021

Episode 1 in the Other Worlds Series. We investigate humanities obsessive relationship with Mars, and subsequently, the idea of the martian. This tale follows how Mars played a role in the world's religions, the planet's involvement in the development of astronomy, and finally, the unfortunate tale of Percival Lowell and his "Martian Canals".

Tom Wong - Quantum Computing

Tom Wong - Quantum Computing

February 20, 2021

Tom is a Quantum Computing researcher and physicist, working at the intersection between physics and computer science.

Today, he talks about this technology that could revolutionize the way we live life. He explains what quantum computing Is, from how it operationally differs from classical computing, to how it is actually an entirely different way of computing and should be treated as such.

Tom also discusses some of the real world benefits and concerns about this technology. Particularly, how quantum computing could drastically advance our pursuit of higher tech medicines and vaccines, but also the potential vulnerability of our current information if we don’t prepare for a quantum computing world now.

George Musser - Quantum Entanglement

George Musser - Quantum Entanglement

February 3, 2021

George Musser is a contributor to the Scientific American, an author and science communicator.

Today, he talks about one of the most unexplained parts of the quantum world, known as quantum entanglement, or as was coined by Einstein, spooky action at a distance. George gives us a clear and easy to grasp explanation of what spooky action at a distance is, also discussing why it is that quantum physics is just so hard to explain compared to other areas of science.

Lastly, the conversation covers some of the philosophy behind this quantum world, why its actually not that strange, and why unlearning things in science can often be just as important as learning them.

Books can be found here: https://spookyactionbook.com/author/gmusser/

The Father of Quantum Mechanics - Niels Bohr: Escape from Copenhagen

The Father of Quantum Mechanics - Niels Bohr: Escape from Copenhagen

January 28, 2021

Episode 1 in the Quantum Series. We follow the story of Niels Bohr, a Jewish born physicist and one of the Fathers of Quantum Mechanics, during the invasion of the Nazi’s to his home nation of Denmark. Bohr’s escape is an incredible tale, ending in his eventual involvement in the nuclear weapons program that arguably changed the face of humanity.

Meeta Singh - Sleep for Athletic Performance

Meeta Singh - Sleep for Athletic Performance

December 4, 2020

Meeta Singh is a Physician who applies Sleep Science to enhance physical and mental performance, assisting athletes within the NBA, NHL, NFL and MLB.

Today, Meeta discusses how and why sleep is such an important tool for high level performance, and that improving the one-third of our life that we spend asleep really can give us the extra percentage points over competitors. We also discuss the specific roadblocks athletes come up against in terms of sleep, such as early morning training times, competing in different time zones and the sheer pressure and stress they are under.

Lastly, although it is obvious to a lot of us the importance of physical recovery and sleep, Meeta lays down why sleep is crucial for athletes learning new techniques or even its ability to create the correct winners mindset. www.meetasinghmd.com

David Cunnington - Specialist Sleep Physician

David Cunnington - Specialist Sleep Physician

November 16, 2020

David Cunnington is a Specialist Sleep Physician, diagnosing and treating sleep disorders out of his clinic in Melbourne, as well as via his podcast, Sleep Hub. https://drdavidcunnington.com.au/

Today, David discusses with me the strange cultural hangups we have about sleep, such as it being associated with weakness, when in reality it is one of the ultimate pillars to physical and mental well-being. We also discuss some of the research and methods behind a good nights sleep, as well as the lingering myths purported by wellness sights or bloggers, and how we circumvent these as a population.

Dying to Sleep - The Case of Fatal Familial Insomnia

Dying to Sleep - The Case of Fatal Familial Insomnia

November 10, 2020

Episode 1 in the series on sleep where we will follow the story of Silvano, a monumental figure in the world of sleep science who carried the condition fatal familial insomnia, and in the process, taught modern medicine the extreme case of what happens to a person when they do not get sleep.

Sasha Sagan

Sasha Sagan

September 21, 2020

Sasha Sagan is an Author and Science Communicator, as well as the daughter of world renowned educators Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan. Her new book "For Small Creatures Such as We" can be found here: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/566611/for-small-creatures-such-as-we-by-sasha-sagan/

“I’m not a scientist, its not my job. And yet, it is my worldview and it is my philosophy.”

On todays episode of the podcast, naturally, Konner and Sasha discuss humanities connection to the cosmos. Sasha derives a great amount of importance to this spiritual connection we all have to the universe around us, without the framework of religion, and discusses the interconnectedness of it all. The guys also chat about the poverty of language, and how things like spiritual or sacred are something we yearn for, yet these words are cemented with religious connotations, even if we don’t mean it.

Sasha discusses the wonder and the beauty that the natural world can give us, more so than the myths purported by pseudoscience. And how these facts of our world can and should influence our lives. Not only that, Konner and Sasha talk about the problem of education more broadly, and how this can bolster a lack of belief in the scientific method.

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