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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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The Joy Of Seeing Your Gooey Innards

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

We think of ourselves as separate, higher beings with concerns above and beyond this mundane physicality; but a few minutes with an ultrasound offers a different perspective, says Adam Frank.

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Are We About To Send 'Spacechips' To The Stars?

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Something radical and truly fascinating has begun — a group is putting in place a "credible" road map to interstellar travel, says astrophysicist Adam Frank.

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It's Raining All Over The Universe

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

We are part of something much larger than ourselves — and our ideas about ourselves, says astrophysicist Adam Frank. How can we be sure? Because, without doubt, it is raining all over the universe.

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Can Big Data Resolve The Human Condition?

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

What makes the Kavli HUMAN Project, which will follow 10,000 people over 20 years, so exciting is that it's exactly the kind of approach that can show us if Big Data really works, says Adam Frank.

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Do Animals Have Culture?

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Being an astrophysicist, I didn't have the slightest clue about the answer, says Adam Frank, but — lucky for us all — 13.7's own Barbara J. King has spent a lot of time studying just this question.

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Politics And The Fracturing Of Shared Reality

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The organized denial of climate change science opened the doors to a very public retreat from the principle that a shared public reality could be the basis for our political debates, says Adam Frank.

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