Sunday, June 26, 2011

Are We Alone for 06/27/11 - Skeptic Check: There're Baack!

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Are We Alone - Skeptic Check: There're Baack!

Could you have had a past life? Is it possible that some part of you is the reincarnation of a person – or maybe an animal – that lived long ago?

We’ll hear the story of a young boy who started having nightmares about a plane crash. His parents thought he was the reincarnation of a downed, World War II fighter pilot. But his story might not fly.

Also … is there any biological basis for reincarnation? Animals that indulge in the big sleep.

Suspended animation is Hollywood’s favorite device for interstellar travel … But could we really put a dimmer switch on human metabolism? Learn how techniques for hitting the hold button for humans might be just around the corner.

Guests:

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

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.

NOTICE: "The Names They are a-Changin’" - Coming in July, "Are We Alone" will change to "Big Picture Science!"

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Are We Alone for 06/20/11 - Alien Invasion

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Are We Alone - Alien Invasion

They’re heeeere! Yes, aliens are wreaking havoc and destruction throughout the land. But these aliens are Arizona beetles, and the land is in California, where the invasive insects are a serious problem.


And what of space-faring aliens? We have those too: how to find them, and how to protect our planet – and theirs.

From Hollywood to SETI’s hi-tech search for extraterrestrials, aliens are invading Are We Alone?


Guests:

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

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.

NOTICE: "The Names They are a-Changin’" - Coming in July, "Are We Alone" will change to "Big Picture Science!"

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Apex Peerbacker project

Posted on behalf of Jason Sizemore - Apex Book Company

A wonderful opportunity has fallen into my lap. A major distributor wants to carry almost all of Apex Book Company's titles. However, this opportunity requires me to shift our current business model, which is to provide short print runs, to that of a traditional press. Due to the advances of print-on-demand and e-book technology, Apex has stayed away from larger print runs, which means that our up-front costs have been minimal. This has allowed me to reduce our operational costs to invest in authors like Brian Keene, Gary A. Braunbeck, and Alethea Kontis to ensure we have a healthy release schedule. In order to leverage this exciting opportunity, I would have to invest a substantial sum in print books. This fiscal requirement goes above and beyond our normal business operations and normally, I wouldn't be opposed to that. In this instance, however, the issue is time. The distributor is anxious to get Apex out on the market. To do that, I need to come up with the initial investment for a full-scale run.

This is a great opportunity to help increase the size and the visibility of our books. Therefore, I've decided to try crowd sourcing. It's been successful for many and it seems like a fair way to ask you to invest in our success. If you're not familiar with the concept, you pledge X amount of dollars and you receive a milestone award for your money. I hope you will consider chipping in toward our goal of $5000. Not only will you receive some awesome rewards, you'll be helping push another quality genre publisher into the mainstream.

http://peerbackers.com/projects/apex-joins-the-big-leagues/home/

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Apex Book Company - Dark SF, Fantasy, and Horror
http://www.apexbookcompany.com

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Are We Alone for 06/13/11 - No Expiration Date

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Are We Alone - No Expiration Date

We all have to go sometime, and that final hour is the mother of all deadlines. But scientists are working to file an extension. Discover how far we can push the human expiration date.

Plus, the animal with the shortest lifespan and the chemistry that causes your pot-roast to eventually clothe itself in fuzzy green mold.

Also, a clock that won’t stop ticking (for 10,000 years) and our love-hate relationship with that long-lived hydrocarbon that keeps our snack cakes fresh: plastic!

Guests:

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

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.

NOTICE: "The Names They are a-Changin’" - Coming in July, "Are We Alone" will change to "Big Picture Science!"

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Are We Alone for 06/06/11 - Space Archaeology

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Are We Alone - Space Archaeology

Indiana Jones meets Star Trek in the field of space archaeology. Satellites scan ancient ruins so that scientists can map them without disturbing one grain of sand. Discover how some archaeologists forsake their spades and brushes in favor of examining historic sites from hundreds of miles high.

Also, if you were to hunt for alien artifacts – what would you look for? Why ET might choose to send snail mail rather than a radio signal.

Plus, the culture of the hardware we send into space, and roaming the Earth, the moon, and Mars the Google way.

Guests:
  • Alice Gorman – Archaeologist at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia
  • Robin Hanson – Economist at George Mason University, Virginia
  • Tiffany Montague – Engineer, and Intergalactic Federation King Almighty, Commander of the Universe, at Google, Inc.
  • Compton Tucker – Scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

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

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.