Sunday, October 31, 2010

Are We Alone for 11/01/10 - Aware Am I?

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Are We Alone - Aware Am I?

Humans are pleasure-seekers – from food to sex to fine art. But do we know why we crave what we do? Discover the surprising motivation behind our desires. Also, why our hedonistic cousins, the bonobos, may hold the secret to world peace.

Plus, self-awareness in monkeys: can they really pass the mirror test? Can bacteria, for that matter? Nope! But since you are, cell for cell, more microbe than human, you’ll want to know just how cognitively aware these critters are.

Guests:

Permalink:  http://radio.seti.org/episodes/Aware_Am_I_

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.

And be sure to check out the Are We Alone
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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Are We Alone for 10/25/10 - Off to the Traces

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Are We Alone - Off to the Traces

If a tree fell on another planet, would we be able to detect it? Not quite yet – but we might be able to tell if the planet was habitable. A living-planet is the promise of newly-discovered Gliese 581g. But does the planet exist at all?

Discover how we learn a planet’s geology and chemistry from afar. Also, what we learn about a civilization from what it discards, beginning with our own sloppy habits.

Plus, the hunt for derelict alien spaceships… and a man who sketches alien creatures for a living – based on real science.

Guests:
  • Lisa Kaltenegger – Astronomer, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
  • Brad Bebout – Biologist, NASA Ames Research Center
  • Robin Nagle – Anthropologist, New York University
  • Robin Hanson – Economist, George Mason University
  • Joel Hagen – Computer graphics instructor, Modesto Junior College


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.

And be sure to check out the Are We Alone iPhone/iPad app:  http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/are-we-alone-make-contact/id374968004?mt=8

Friday, October 22, 2010

Bad Ideas 101: Super Fans Design Nanotech From Plague Year

Talk about not using your head!  Super fans Jeff and Ashley Sierzenga recently took it upon themselves to bring to life the flesh-eating nanobot from Jeff Carlson’s bestselling  Plague Year series.

The madness begins on Ketchup at http://www.jverse.com/blog/

Penguin USA’s “The Author’s Desk” has the opening two of three photos essays here and here.
A detailed account of the Sierzengas’ fantastic voyage, their nanotech schematics and more have been posted on genre portal io9.com.

Apex Halloween Sale!

Posted on behalf of Apex Book Company:

Over the course of the next two weeks until Halloween, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, Apex will place one of our horror titles on sale (40% discount) for that day only.

The sale starts today with the book being HARLAN COUNTY HORRORS. At discount it is only $9.57. The digital version is only $2.99 (and provided in eight formats mobi/ePub/PDF/LIT/PDB/LRF/RB/

Superfans design nanobot from PLAGUE YEAR !!!

Posted on behalf of Jeff Carlson:


Yes, the flesh-eating nanobot.  The madness begins here:
 
 
And continues here:
 
 
~ Jeff Carlson - www.jverse.com

Monday, October 18, 2010

Are We Alone for 10/18/10 - Aloha Astronomy

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Are We Alone -
Aloha Astronomy

ENCORE From Mauna Kea in Hawaii, the view of the cosmos is spectacular. Giant black holes, distant galaxies, and extrasolar planets have all been uncovered by the massive telescopes that perch on this volcanic cone.

Join the astronomers who use the Keck Telescopes to peer at objects so far away, their light started out before Earth was born.

Also discover how the new Thirty Meter Telescope will dwarf even the massive glass eyes now in place, and why some of the world’s most important astronomical discoveries are being made in the Aloha State.

Plus, why the building of telescopes on the volcano is controversial to some native Hawaiians.

Guests:
  • Charles Blue – Science writer, Thirty Meter Telescope Project
  • Richard Ellis – Astronomer, California Institute of Technology
  • Koa Rice – Hawaiian culture consultant
  • Julian Christou – Adaptive optics scientist, Gemini North Telescope
  • Ashley Yeager – Outreach manager, Keck Telescope
  • Taft Armandroff – Director of the W. M. Keck Telescope

Permalink:  http://radio.seti.org/episodes/Aloha_Astronomy

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.

And be sure to check out the Are We Alone
iPhone/iPad app:  http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/are-we-alone-make-contact/id374968004?mt=8

(This is one of my favorite podcasts from Are We Alone!  Working at the Keck is one of my dream jobs.  I hope you enjoy the podcast as much as I do!  Cheers ~ Jim Cox)

Monday, October 11, 2010

Are We Alone for 10/11/10 - Earth: A Millennium Hence

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Are We Alone - Earth: A Millennium Hence

ENCORE Humans have not gone unnoticed on this planet. We’ve left our mark with technology, agriculture, architecture, and a growing carbon footprint. But where is this trajectory headed?

In the second of a two-part series: what we’ll lose and what will last in 1000 years or more.

Discover what the planet might look like to geologists of the far-off-future… the stubborn longevity of plastic and radioactive waste… human civilization in space… and postcards from the galactic edge; crafting interstellar messages to E.T.

Guests:
Permalink:  http://radio.seti.org/episodes/Earth_A_Millennium_Hence
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.

And be sure to check out the Are We Alone iPhone/iPad app:  http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/are-we-alone-make-contact/id374968004?mt=8

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Are We Alone for 10/04/10 - Earth: A Century Hence

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Earth: A Century Hence

ENCORE Humans have not gone unnoticed on this planet. We’ve left our mark with technology, agriculture, architecture, and a growing carbon footprint. But where is this trajectory headed?

In the first of a two-part series: what will be lost and what will still be around 100 years from now? James Lovelock says a hotter planet will prompt mass migrations. And Cary Fowler urges us to save our seeds – the health of future farms may depend on it.

Plus, from antibiotics to sewage systems: why human ingenuity ultimately saves the day.

And, sure, humans will be around in a century, but – with bionic limbs and silicon neurons – would we recognize them?

Guests:

Permalink:  http://radio.seti.org/episodes/Earth_A_Century_Hence

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.

And be sure to check out the Are We Alone
iPhone/iPad app:  http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/are-we-alone-make-contact/id374968004?mt=8

Apex Magazine Issue 17 released

Posted on behalf of Jason Sizemore - Apex Book Company:

Apex Magazine issue 17 is now available at http://www.apexbookcompany.com/apex-online.

Fiction from Ian Tregillis, Brenda Stokes Barron, and Ekaterina Sedia. Poetry from Rose Lemberg and Elizabeth McClellan. Edited by Catherynne M. Valente.

 

Apex Book Company - Dark SF, Fantasy, and Horror
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