Sunday, December 27, 2009

Are We Alone for 12/28/09 - Time's Mysteries Part I: Marking Time

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Are We Alone - Time's Mysteries Part I: Marking Time

ENCORE: Time’s a mystery, yet we’ve invented clever ways to capture it. From sundials to atomic clocks, trace the history of time-keeping. Also, discover the surprising accuracy of nature’s dating schemes – from the decay of carbon to laying down tree rings.

Plus, why the “New York minute,” stretches to hours in Rio de Janeiro: cultural differences in the perception of time.

Guests:
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Friday, December 25, 2009

Flash Fiction Friday For Dec. 25, 2009

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Jeff Carlson: A Lovely Little Christmas Fire

Posted on behalf of Jeff Carlson:

My latest story for Asimov's, "A Lovely Little Christmas Fire," has just been released as a podcast by the talented crew at Starship Sofa along with amazing new cover art by Tom Bevan. You can find it, and links to the podcast, here at http://www.jverse.com/blog/ Our narrator for this wacky holiday adventure is the indomitable Amy H. Sturgis, who does yet another bang-up job with the story's high tech action and romance. May your Christmas be merry and bright... and not overrun by genetically enhanced termites! Jeff
www.jverse.com

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Are We Alone for 12/21/09 - Journey to a Black Hole

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Are We Alone - Journey to a Black Hole

A massive black hole lies at the center of our galaxy, a monster hunkered down in the Milky Way’s innermost sanctum. Here, the bizarre laws of General Relativity take over, as the physics we know break down. And our spaceship is headed straight for it.

Join us on a special dramatized 26,000 light-year adventure to the Galaxy’s hulking heart of darkness. We explore a cosmos held together by gravity – discover why it’s not really a force – and try to avoid getting too close to a black hole, the ultimate expression of gravity.

This program is part of the traveling exhibit: “Black Holes, Space Warps and Time Twists,” a production of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Find out more at:

http://web-bh.cfa.harvard.edu/

Voices: Roland Pease, Lilia Roman, Roe DeVasto, Doug Vakoch, Patrick Porter, Gary Niederhoff

You can listen to this and other episodes at http://radio.seti.org/, and be sure to check out Are We A Blog?, the companion blog to the radio show.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Tor.com new for Dec. 13, 2009

Here are some scrapes of recent posts at Tor.com:
Happy reading!

Are We Alone for 12/014/09 - A Man, A Planet, A Tenal: Panama!

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Are We Alone - A Man, A Planet, A Tenal: Panama!

While the Kepler spacecraft hunts for habitable planets beyond the solar system, we’ve let one of our own planets slip away! Find out why Pluto’s demotion to dwarf status created a public uproar as astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson reads us his hate mail. From third-graders!

Also, how we might find Earth-like planets… the possibility of life on Saturn’s moon Titan… and TED Prize winner Jill Tarter’s vision for finding E.T.

And, the man who made it all possible: 400 years of Galileo and the telescope. Part of our series for the International Year of Astronomy.

Guests
You can listen to this and other episodes at http://radio.seti.org/, and be sure to check out Are We A Blog?, the companion blog to the radio show.

Friday, December 11, 2009

'Daybreakers' Trailer

Check out this HD trailer for "Daybreakers" courtesy of Hollywood Streams:

Flash Fiction Friday For Dec. 11, 2009

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Sunday, December 6, 2009

Big News From Jeff Carlson

Posted on behalf of Jeff Carlson:

There’s a gorgeous photo on my blog in case you haven’t been to your local Barnes & Noble, where Plague Zone is being racked on the “New In Paperback” towers nationwide. This kind of display space is hotly contested, especially during the holidays, so it’s sweet indeed to see my publisher getting behind the book.

You can find my blog at http://www.jverse.com/blog/index.html

In the same entry, I’ve posted several links to recent essays and guest blogs about the book and the writing life. Or you can also find ‘em right here:

http://whatever.scalzi.com/?s=Jeff+Carlson

http://us.penguingroup.com/static/pages/specialinterests/scifi/index.html

http://us.penguingroup.com/static/html/blogs/plague-zone-takes-its-first-breath-jeff-carlson

Are We Alone for 12/07/09 - Feather Knows Best

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Are We Alone - Feather Knows Best

Encore Presentation: Can animals think? Merely asking the question was once thought ridiculous. But studies that range from chimps to birds to sea creatures have prompted scientists to reassess the cognitive capabilities of our animal friends. These results challenge not only our idea of intelligence, but man’s unequivocal perch at the top.

Learn the secret communication between camouflaging cuttlefish… how the smarts of Alex the parrot turned “birdbrain” into a compliment… and why brawn sometimes trumps brains in evolution.

Plus, why – after billions of years of evolution – our brains just barely work!

Guests

You can listen to this and other episodes at http://radio.seti.org/, and be sure to check out Are We A Blog?, the companion blog to the radio show.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Flash Fiction Friday For Dec. 04, 2009

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