Talk Universe - Archives

2016-07-13      

Are we in a virtual world?

In this show we examine the evidence and possibility that our world is a complex simulation. 

Host:

Sir Charles Shults



2016-07-20      

Are we destroying our world?

We confront the technologies that may cost us our world and our lives.

Guest:

Charles Ostman



2016-07-27      

How is 3D printing changing your life?

Many of us have 3D printers.  Business is having to change the way it operates due to this new and fundamental technology.

Guest:

Ed Minchau



2016-08-03      

Complexity and Our World

Our modern world depends on software and systems that are far too complex to control or predict. What can we do about it?

Guest:

Samuel Arbesman


2016-08-10      

Virtual Worlds and Our Society

This is a fascinating interview with scientist, futurist, and author Dr. David Brin.

Guest:

David Brin


2016-08-17      

Asteroid Mining and Space Industry

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?

Guest:

Ed Minchau


2016-08-24      

Are We Destroying Our World? Part 2

We continue our fascinating interview with Charles Ostman and see how humanity is destroying our own world.

Guest:

Charles Ostman


2016-08-31      

What's really on Mars?

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.

Host:

Sir Charles Shults


2016-09-07      

When Virtual Worlds Collide with Reality

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.

Host:

Sir Charles Shults


2016-09-14      

Can We Create a New Earth?

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.

Host:

Sir Charles Shults


2016-09-21      

What's Really On Mars? (Part 2)

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.

Host:

Sir Charles Shults


2016-09-28      

The Fermi Paradox - Where Are Our Neighbors?

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.

Host:

Sir Charles Shults


2016-10-05      

Mathematics and Modeling

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.

Guest:

Jon McLoone


2016-10-12      

Movies and Science

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.

Guest:

James Churchman


2016-10-19      

GMOs versus Selective Breeding

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.

Host:

Sir Charles Shults


2016-10-26      

Is Time Travel Possible?

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?

Host:

Sir Charles Shults


2016-11-02      

Transhumanism

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?

Host:

Sir Charles Shults


2016-11-09      

Drone Technology and Warfare

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.

Host:

Sir Charles Shults


2016-11-16      

Open Lines

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!

Host:

Sir Charles Shults


2016-11-30      

Clean Water Everywhere

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?

Host:

Sir Charles Shults


2016-12-14      

Open Lines

Questions and Answers   Our listeners ask questions and post ideas.     We answer tough science and technical questions for you.

Host:

Sir Charles Shults


2016-12-21      

Navigation

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?

Host:

Sir Charles Shults


2016-12-28      

Free Energy?

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.

Host:

Sir Charles Shults


2017-01-04      

Nuclear Waste

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.

Host:

Sir Charles Shults


2017-01-11      

The 10 Biggest Problems

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.

Host:

Sir Charles Shults


2017-01-18      

New Technologies - Promise and Peril

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!

Host:

Sir Charles Shults


2017-01-25      

Space Travel - Open Lines

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?

Host:

Sir Charles Shults


2017-02-01      

Artificial Life

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!?

Host:

Sir Charles Shults


2017-02-08      

The World in your Head

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?

Guest:

ELIZA


2017-02-15      

Open Lines - 3D Printers

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.

Guest:

ELIZA


2017-02-22      

Superconductors

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!

Host:

Sir Charles Shults


2017-03-01      

Isotopes

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?

Host:

Sir Charles Shults


2017-03-08      

Oceans of Plastic

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.

Host:

Sir Charles Shults


2017-03-15      

Energy Storage Systems

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?

Guest:

Ed Minchau


2017-03-22      

Medical Implant Security

How secure is your medical device and its data?

Guest:

ELIZA


2017-04-05      

The Nature of Gravity

An examination of gravity: what we know about it, and what we're learning. We also take listener questions and comments.

Guest:

ELIZA


2017-04-12      

Replacing Meat

A look at how meat can be replaced or produced without the use of animals

Guest:

ELIZA


2017-04-19      

The Issue with Metals

We aren't running out of metal, but recycling is contaminating our feedstock.

Guest:

ELIZA


2017-04-26      

What's Really on Mars? Part 3

A look at what appears to be biological activity and an interview with Barry DiGregorio, astrobiologist

Guest:

Barry DiGregorio


2017-05-03      

Smart Materials

Imagine materials that can change properties on command or in response to their conditions.

Guest:

Charles Ostman


2017-05-10      

The Big Bang

Where did the theory come from? Where did our universe come from? Why do so many believe the Big Bang theory?

Guest:

ELIZA


2017-05-17      

Biological Computing

Can we make practical computers from living components? How far have we come in the quest for biocomputers?

Guest:

ELIZA


2017-05-24      

Open Lines - Curing Cancer

Cancer is not a single illness. It can be caused by many different things. What are we doing to put an end to it?

Guest:

ELIZA


2017-05-31      

Snubbed Technologies

A look at technologies that were ignored or sidestepped. There are many unused and forgotten solutions to our problems. Why is that?

Guest:

ELIZA


2017-06-07      

New Display Technologies

How close are we to "floating holograms" and other fictional display methods? We have some very interesting displays available right now.

Guest:

ELIZA

2017-06-14      

Mathematics and Thinking

Understanding language is a skill that we all have, but the ability to understand math varies from person to person. Let's look at why.

Guest:

ELIZA

2017-06-21      

What's Really on Mars? (Part 4)

In this installment we look at what appears to be fossil remains and what that implies.

Host:

Sir Charles Shults

2017-06-28      

Is Anybody Listening?

Have our signals been heard by other civilizations? Could radio waves or laser light be the method of signaling? Or is there something more... advanced?

Guest:

ELIZA

2017-07-05      

Photosynthesis

How does this fundamental process work? Life on Earth depends on the ability to harvest light energy. How has it changed over time?

Guest:

ELIZA

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