How was the Sun formed, and what do we know about its structure and the processes going on inside our nearest star? With Carolin Crawford, Gresham Professor of Astronomy and Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge; Yvonne Elsworth, Professor of Helioseismology at the University of Birmingham; and Louise Harra, Professor of Solar Physics at UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory.
A song is a product of design. It’s difficult to create an original melody, but that’s only the blueprint. Every element of a piece of music could be produced any number of ways, depending on which instrument plays at what time, for how long, and with what what kind of effect.
The architecture behind a piece of music can be much more involved than meets the ear, and this is what inspired Hrishikesh Hirway to start a podcast called Song Exploder, where musicians “take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made.”
During the 1961 Berlin Crisis—one of the various moments in the cold war in which we came frighteningly close to engaging in actual war with the Soviets—President John F. Kennedy vowed to identify spaces in “existing structures both public and private that could be used for fallout shelters in case of attack.”
Andy is a futurist. He’s been a digital native since 1994, when he wrote a documentary called “Secrets of the Internet.” Along with his love of digital, scientists inspire him: brilliant people who make surreal discoveries and work to transform reality. Now, as one of the early pioneers of the service design industry, he helps transform the world’s biggest brands through innovative design.
Andy runs the Madrid studio of Fjord, a leading Service Design agency. He also authored chapters in O’Reilly’s book, Designing for Emerging Technologies. A compilation of works by industry experts in areas of user experience design related to genomics, robotics and the Internet of Things.
HBO’s hit series "True Detective" is an uncanny blend of police procedural and metaphysical inquiry, set in the Louisiani bayous. In this exclusive interview, creator and writer Nic Pizzolatto tells Steve Paulson the backstory to the show, and provides a glimpse at what’s in store for season 2 (hint: it won’t take place in Louisiana).
"Below 40 south there is no law; below 50 there is no God." The Southern Ocean surrounding Antarctica is the most dangerous and least understood of our great oceans. A few solo sailors and a historian join Philip Coulter on a radio expedition to find out about those giant waves and fearsome storms, and what happens to people who go to the loneliest place on the planet.
The Southern Ocean surrounding Antarctica is the most remote place on earth, and if you go there and get into trouble — which you almost certainly will — there may be no way to save you. In the Southern Ocean you are further from human habitation than an astronaut on the International Space Station. There are winds of 50 kilometers an hour, waves higher than a house, sometimes for weeks on end; it can destroy the soul and the body. Sailing the Southern Ocean is the ultimate test of endurance, and some sailors do it single-handed.
Participants in the program:
Derek Hatfield is the first Canadian to race solo around the world twice.
Dee Caffari is the first woman to race around the world solo in both directions.
Glenn Wakefield has attempted two solo circumnavigations.
Derek Lundy is the author of many books, including The Godforsaken Sea.
In 1990, the federal government invited a group of geologists, linguists, astrophysicists, architects, artists, and writers to the New Mexico desert, to visit the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. They would be there on assignment.
The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) is the nation’s only permanent underground repository for nuclear waste. Radioactive byproducts from nuclear weapons manufacturing and nuclear power plants. WIPP was designed not only to handle a waste stream of various forms of nuclear sludge, but also more mundane things that interacted with radioactive materials, such as tools and gloves.
WIPP, which is located deep in the New Mexico desert, was designed to store all of this radioactive material and keep us all safe from it.
Eventually, WIPP will be sealed up and left alone. Years will pass and those years will become decades. Those decades will become centuries and those centuries will roll into millennia. People above ground will come and go. Cultures will rise and fall. And all the while, below the surface, that cave full of waste will get smaller and smaller, until the salt swallows up all those oil drums and entombs them. Then, all the old radioactive gloves and tools and little bits from bombs –all still radioactive– will be solidified in the earth’s crust for more than 200,000 years. Basically forever.
When it was built in 1977, Citicorp Center (later renamed Citigroup Center, now called 601 Lexington) was, at 59 stories, the seventh-tallest building in the world. You can pick it out of the New York City skyline by its 45-degree angled top.
But it’s the base of the building that really makes the tower so unique. The bottom nine of its 59 stories are stilts.
All kinds of excitement over potential life in space in the last week. Light years away – maybe, but beguilingly – on a planet that looks amazingly like earth. Squint and you can picture Earth-like oceans and land out there. And much closer to home, on a moon in the rings of Saturn. Icy and cold on the outside. But inside, evidence of an underground ocean in space. Sending geysers to the surface. Lighting up astro-biologists’ fondest dreams. Maybe teeming with life. This hour On Point: the buzz over life in space, maybe on an Earth-twin way out there, maybe on a moon close to home. And the push to learn more.
Carolyn Porco, leader of the imaging science team on the Cassini mission. Director of CICLOPS, the Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for Operations, at the Space Science Institute. (@CarolynPorco)
Chris McKay, senior scientist at the Space Science and Astrobiology Division at the NASA Ames Research Center.
Carl Murray, professor of mathematics and astronomy at the Queen Mary University of London.
Michio Kaku is the Henry Semat Professor of Theoretical Physics at the CUNY Graduate Center, a leader in the field of theoretical physics, and cofounder of string field theory. Kaku, the New York Times best-selling author of Physics of the Impossible, Physics of the Future and Hyperspace, discusses his new book The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind. With Dr. Kaku’s deep understanding of modern science and keen eye for future developments, The Future of the Mind is a scientific tour de force – an extraordinary, mind-boggling exploration of the frontiers of neuroscience.
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