Aleks Krotoski explores whether technology has impaired our ability to wander. Now that off-grid is on-grid, and we can send emails from mountaintops, have we sacrificed the pleasure of travelling to discover the unknown? Produced by Victoria McArthur and researched by Elizabeth Anne Duffy in Edinburgh.
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In his new book, Letters to a Young Scientist, biologist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Edward O. Wilson aims to inspire a new generation of scientists. Among his observations and advice: Geniuses don’t make the best scientists, and don’t worry if you aren’t good at math.
In 1880, years before creating Sherlock Holmes, a young Arthur Conan Doyle went to the Arctic as the surgeon aboard a whaling ship. He recorded his adventures in journals full of notes and drawings, which have been published for the first time in a book called Dangerous Work.
100 years ago, Scott reached the South Pole. 50 years later, the first geologist briefly walked on the Moon. Kevin Fong asks if why we might want to return to the lunar surface and what will get us. He talks to that first lunar geologist of Apollo 17, Harrison Schmitt and NASA’s Chief Administrator Charles Bolden, among others.
In the age of Google Earth are there places in the world left to explore? That’s the question journalist Andrew Dodd set out to answer!
The idea of the space elevator has been around for over a century. But in recent years teams of scientists and engineers have been actively working on the concept. So could the elevator become a reality? Or is it still a case of science-fiction?
It’s famously called the Final Frontier, and thanks to rapidly developing technology we now know more about the outer reaches of our galaxy than ever. But that leaves unknowns.
Does the universe have any limits? Are there any other earth-like planets out there? And the big one, are we alone?
Addressing the University of Melbourne recently, Britain’s Astronomer Royal, Lord Martin Rees, reports on the latest research.
From South by Southwest 2010.
Space sector representatives will discuss how the use of web and mobile technologies create opportunities for participation in future exploration of the Moon. The panel focuses on how X PRIZE, NASA, commercial space companies, and others generate greater interaction and interest in Moon missions using collaborative platforms and social media.
- Veronica McGregor
- Amanda Stiles
- Cariann Higginbotham
- Nicholas Skytland
- Dave Masten
Freeman Dyson talks to Charles Petersen about Richard Holmes’s book ‘The Age of Wonder,’ his own education in chemistry and poetry, and how amateur biotechnology might help solve the problem of global warming. To read Dyson’s article, or his other work for the Review, please visit nybooks.com