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Adam Frank

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The Freaky, Clanking, Buzzing, Whirring Glory Of MRI

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Few people can really trace the path from basic physics theory all the way up to health diagnostics. Yet we all rely on these machines, and other science, in daily life, says Adam Frank.

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If Dark Matter Can't Be Seen, What About Ghosts?

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

You can't see dark matter and dark energy — but, like ghosts in movies, they mess with the things you can see. The difference is that there's no data to show the existence of ghosts, says Adam Frank.

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Why The Discovery Of An Earth-Like Planet Is Such A Big Deal

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Last month, astronomers announced they found a planet that is four light years away. This is huge news, and we need to pay attention.

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What If Evolution Bred Reality Out Of Us?

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Commentator Adam Frank talks with professor Donald Hoffman about Hoffman's big radical idea: Evolution and objective reality have almost nothing to do with each other.

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Evolution In Art And Science: From 'The Get Down' To 'Hamilton'

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Always new but always building on ground that's already been covered, science and art evolve in similar ways because they are the foundation of culture's imaginative landscape, says Adam Frank.

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Ancient Zen Advice On How Not To 'Be A Jerk'

Sunday, August 28, 2016

While author Brad Warner's approach to 13th-century Japanese Zen master Eihei Dogen may be unorthodox, its freshness might be exactly what the doctor ordered, says Adam Frank.

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Are Humans Evolved To Explore And Expand Into Space?

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Evolution and culture made us explorers and wanderers and, now, with so much to gain, we should recognize that explicitly and see exactly where our next frontier lies, says astrophysicist Adam Frank.

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20 Science Questions For The Presidential Candidates

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

A coalition of 56 major U.S. nonpartisan organizations has called on all the presidential candidates to address a list of issues rising from science and engineering. Adam Frank takes a look.

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Short Answers To Big Questions: The Power Of Earth's Magnetic Field

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

All Things Considered asked listeners to ask our resident astrophysicist big questions, so we can give you short answers. Today we explore magnetic fields and explain why they are so powerful on Earth.

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Short Answers To Big Questions: Exploring Atoms In Space

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

You've got science questions — we've got answers! Or our astrophysicist, Adam Frank, does. So ask your big questions, and we'll give you short answers. Today he explores atoms in space.

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Nexus: Choosing Sides In The Trans-Human Revolution

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Beyond the fights and the chases in Ramez Naam's Nexus trilogy, it is an opportunity to consider how technology might move some humans beyond humanity, says astrophysicist Adam Frank.

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The Remarkable Inconsistency Of Climate Denial

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

People who benefit from science daily somehow manage to find a place to simultaneously reject it: Whether climate or vaccines, the same contradiction between words and action arises, says Adam Frank.

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Were There Aliens Before Us?

Thursday, July 14, 2016

The universe gets to run the "life" experiment many times, which means the burden falls on the hyper-pessimists to show why Earth is unique, says Adam Frank, who just published a paper on the topic.

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Science And Comedy: Part I

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

There's a deeper post to be written comparing comedy and science jumping off this bit from Louis C.K. — but since we're coming off a holiday weekend, we'll do this in two parts, says Adam Frank.

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Has Physics Gotten Something Really Important Really Wrong?

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

It's possible that string theory or the multiverse may find strong links with data, but a recent book provides a view of what a truly different philosophical approach would look like, says Adam Frank.

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Why We're All Trapped In 3-D

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

We are all trapped in space — the space of three dimensions. NPR blogger and astrophysicist Adam Frank takes us to the next dimension.

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What Makes America (And Civilization) Great

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

From inventing ways to clean water on large scales, to building the internet, to landing a science lab on Mars, we've been solving problems with big dreams made real for 240 years, says Adam Frank.

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Bad Day? An Astrophysicist Explains Why 'It Just Doesn't Matter'

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

One of the things that being an astrophysicist has given Adam Frank is real perspective. You think your day is bad? Your smallness should make you realize it just doesn't matter, since we're such a small speck in the universe.

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The Greatest Philosopher You've Never Heard Of

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

While Western philosophers relied on reason and logic to source arguments, Buddhists, like Eihei Dogen, attempted to develop refined methods for articulate, focused introspection, says Adam Frank.

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The Future Of AI: Is Something Different This Time?

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Machines don't need to become conscious to rewire our world, they just need to become intelligent enough — and this moment may be coming faster than we are expecting, says astrophysicist Adam Frank.

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