Big Picture Science – Invisible Worlds

by Gary Niederhoff on September 16, 2013


Big Picture Science – Invisible Worlds

You can’t see it, but it’s there, whether an atom, a gravity wave, or the bottom of the ocean … but we have technology that allows us to detect what eludes our sight. When we do, whole worlds open up.

Without telescopes, asteroids become visible only three seconds before they slam into the Earth. Find out how we track them long before that happens. Also, could pulsars help us detect the gravity waves that Einstein’s theory predicts?

Plus, why string theory and parallel universes may remain just interesting ideas … the story of the woman who mapped the ocean floor … and why the disappearance of honeybees may change what you eat.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: David Morrison on Near Earth Asteroids
Part 2: May Berenbaum on honeybee colony collapse disorder
Part 3: Scott Ransom on gravity waves
Part 4: Lee Smolin on physics’ crises
Part 5: Hali Felt on Marie Tharp’s mapping of the ocean floor

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