Big Picture Science – Is It True?: David Morrison / Killer Space Rocks

September 14, 2014

Is It True? – David Morrison click to listen Part 4 of Skeptic Check: Is It True?, featuring David Morrison, director of the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe at the SETI Institute, clarifying the danger posed by near-Earth asteroids and comets such as Siding Spring (C2013/A1). (TRT 6:05)

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Big Picture Science – Is It True?: Steven Novella / Propellantless Drive

September 14, 2014

Is It True? – Steven Novella click to listen Part 3 of Skeptic Check: Is It True?, featuring Steven Novella, assistant professor at Yale University School of Medicine and host of the “Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe” podcast, addressing the latest purported invention of a rocket that requires no fuel. (TRT 5:41)

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Big Picture Science – Is It True?: Will Storr / The Unpersuadables

September 14, 2014

Is It True? – Will Storr click to listen Part 2 of Skeptic Check: Is It True?, featuring Will Storr, journalist and author of The Unpersuadables: Adventures with the Enemies of Science, explaining why some people can’t be shaken from their beliefs no matter how much the evidence weighs against them. (TRT 13:04)

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Big Picture Science – Is It True?: Lynn Rothschild / Space Plankton

September 14, 2014

Is It True? – Lynn Rothschild click to listen Part 1 of Skeptic Check: Is It True?, featuring Lynn Rothschild, evolutionary biologist and astrobiologist at NASA Ames Research Center, discussing reports of a Russian cosmonaut seeing “plankton” on the window outside of the International Space Station. (TRT 7:38)

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Big Picture Science – A Sudden Change in Planets

September 7, 2014

Big Picture Science – A Sudden Change in Planetsclick to listen! A planet is a planet is a planet. Unless it’s Pluto – then it’s a dwarf planet. But even then it’s a planet, according to experts. So what was behind the unpopular re-classification of Pluto by astronomers, and were they justified? As the New […]

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Big Picture Science – A Sudden Change in Planets: David Eicher / Planetary Designations

September 7, 2014

A Sudden Change in Planets – David Eicher click to listen Part 5 of A Sudden Change in Planets, featuring David Eicher, editor-in-chief of Astronomy Magazine, discussing how criteria are established for planetary designations, and how those designations are simply a matter of semantics. (TRT 8:31)

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Big Picture Science – A Sudden Change in Planets: Rebekah Dawson / Migrating Planets

September 7, 2014

A Sudden Change in Planets – Rebekah Dawson click to listen Part 4 of A Sudden Change in Planets, featuring Rebekah Dawson, astronomer and postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, explaining how orbits can shift during the formation of planetary systems. (TRT 4:19)

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Big Picture Science – A Sudden Change in Planets: Marc Rayman / DAWN Mission

September 7, 2014

A Sudden Change in Planets – Marc Rayman click to listen Part 3 of A Sudden Change in Planets, featuring Marc Rayman, DAWN Mission chief engineer and mission director, on the exploration of Vesta and Ceres, two of the largest bodies in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. (TRT 6:26)

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Big Picture Science – A Sudden Change in Planets: David Stevenson / Super Earths

September 7, 2014

A Sudden Change in Planets – David Stevenson click to listen Part 2 of A Sudden Change in Planets, featuring David Stevenson, professor of planetary science at CalTech, discussing the prevalence of “super Earths” among exoplanet discoveries. (TRT 6:26)

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Big Picture Science – A Sudden Change in Planets: Alan Stern / New Horizons

September 6, 2014

A Sudden Change in Planets – Alan Stern click to listen Part 1 of A Sudden Change in Planets, featuring Alan Stern, planetary scientist, Southwest Research Institute and Principal Investigator of the New Horizons mission, explaining why the International Astronomical Union should never have changed Pluto’s designation to “dwarf planet.” (TRT 10:28)

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