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The Living Galaxy

The Living Galaxy

A Fossil Hunter's
Guide to Mars 

Mars fossils

Oneiros 

Oneiros the book

Biological Computing

Open Lines - Curing Cancer

This Week's Guest:

ELIZA


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In this show we examine the evidence and possibility that our world is a complex simulation.  We confront the technologies that may cost us our world and our lives. Many of us have 3D printers.  Business is having to change the way it operates due to this new and fundamental technology. Our modern world depends on software and systems that are far too complex to control or predict. What can we do about it? This is a fascinating interview with scientist, futurist, and author Dr. David Brin. Large scale business is prepared to leap into space. Some people think that this is the next logical step for us. What does it really mean? We continue our fascinating interview with Charles Ostman and see how humanity is destroying our own world. People are fascinated with Mars. This is part 1 of a six-part series that will look in great detail at the planet, its history and conditions, and clarify how it came to be what it is. Virtual worlds and augmented worlds are becoming normal parts of our lives. But somehow, these man-made "little universes" founded on games, cartoons, and dreams are running head-on into reality. Presently there is only one world that human beings live on. Technology shows us how we may be able to change that by terraforming other planets to be suitable for human life. What's really on Mars? This is Part 2 of our six-part series on Mars. We look at planetary formation and where the stuff of life comes from. We also examine evidence that life exists there. Why are the skies silent? An examination of why we hear no alien radio signals. There should be many civilizations in the universe. Yet we hear nothing from them, or at least not yet. A look at how we create models of our world.  In this show we interview Jon McLoone of Wolfram Research.  He shares his insight on the importance of math and modeling.   This is a look at why we perform complex math as well. We examine how science has changed the art of cinema.  We interview Hollywood stunt man and producer James Churchman.  He talks about what technology has brought to moviemaking and stunts.   We also look at some of the real technology that came from fiction. Why is there a controversy about GMOs?   Some people claim that they are safe while others are staunchly opposed to them.     On this show we take a look at the difference between breeding and genetic manipulation. Could we travel in time and perhaps change history?   The ability to travel in time or even to send information would change many things about our world.     Would it be possible to "edit" events in our past and change our world? This show is a look at how we are changing the human body and what it might bring us.   Transhumanism could bring us enhanced abilities, both physical and mental.     Is this leading to the merging of man and machine? Drones have come into the civilian sector but were born to military applications.   Many people are familiar with RC (radio control) airplanes and models.     The military has produced and used much larger drones but we see them crossing to line now to everyday applications. A show dedicated to listener's questions and answers.   The show is meant to give answers to questions that are mysteries to the show's listeners.     Everyone has something that puzzles them and we will try to give you answers! Where is all the clean water?   We are consuming our water supply without replacing it.     How can we assure a supply of clean water - and where does water come from? Questions and Answers   Our listeners ask questions and post ideas.     We answer tough science and technical questions for you. We examine the art and history   How do we find our way around on the Earth?     Landmarks, weather, and the magnetic field help.     But how do we navigate in space? Can we get power for free?   Many people claim to have the answer to our power needs.     The devices they propose might not be workable.     We take a look at free energy technology and do a little debunking. What is nuclear waste?   We create a lot of radioactive material and have few apparent solutions.     Storage or recycling are the two options at present.     Perhaps there are other alternatives. What are the 10 biggest problems we face?   Our presence and activities are destroying our world.     What can we do to reverse the damage?     We examine the problems that we are creating and potential solutions. New technologies are appearing that give us the ability to ask any question and get answers. Voice controlled devices are now being used at home but they seem to present real security risks. Is your privacy lost now? Apple, Amazon, Google, and IBM could be hearing every word and recording it! In this show we answer your questions about space travel. Do you have a question about satellites, spacecraft, or the technology We do our best to get the right answers for you! Also, could you name our AI sidekick? There is a strange discipline that is all about the theory of living things. But these scientists don't just theorize, they make it! Artificial life is a broad and growing field of making living things. Some are software, some hardware, and some... wetware!? You are living in an illusion. Your senses and mind create a convincing picture of the world. But what you live in is a fake- it just seems real. Why and how does it come to be? We take listener questions about 3D printers and how to apply them. New capabilities are appearing almost daily. See what some listeners are doing with their 3D printers. Also see how Eliza is growing and operating. These amazing materials have no resistance to electrical current. We depend on superconductors for MRIs and research. With their development we see improvements in power and motor technologies. Now they are about ready to change transportation and computing! Most chemical elements have brothers that are more massive or less massive but otherwise identical. Some of these isotopes can replace the element perfectly but other are unstable. This means that elements can have radioactive counterparts. Are they useful or hazardous? How do we deal with the immense quantities of plastic trash in our oceans? We look at plastics , how they are made, and how we might dispose of them properly.The costliest part of any alternative power system is the batteries. Could we store energy in other ways? What new technology might make power storage more affordable?How secure is your medical device and its data?An examination of gravity: what we know about it, and what we're learning. We also take listener questions and comments.A look at how meat can be replaced or produced without the use of animalsWe aren't running out of metal, but recycling is contaminating our feedstock.A look at what appears to be biological activity and an interview with Barry DiGregorio, astrobiologistImagine materials that can change properties on command or in response to their conditions.Where did the theory come from? Where did our universe come from? Why do so many believe the Big Bang theory?Can we make practical computers from living components? How far have we come in the quest for biocomputers?