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The Takeaway

Identical Twins, One in Space, One on Earth

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Scott Kelly is scheduled for the longest mission ever on the International Space Station, while his identical twin brother, Mark Kelly, is scheduled to be his Earth-bound guinea pig. 

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The Takeaway

NASA Spacecraft Arrives at Dwarf Planet

Friday, March 06, 2015

Early pictures of the planet Ceres reveal tiny bright spots that could be frozen ice, and further study of its surface could answer questions about the formation of our solar system. 

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The Takeaway

Humans Are Made of Stardust: Discoveries From Exploring The Cosmos

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Do you dream of exploring the cosmos? NASA Astronomer Natalie Batalha tell us what it's like to be an exoplaneteer—and what it'll be like for humanity as we venture into the universe.

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The Takeaway

What A Habitable Moon Would Look Like

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

It's possible that we might not find extrasolar life on another planet, but on a moon. The Takeaway explores what it would take to create a habitable moon around a Jupiter-sized planet.

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The Takeaway

Could Humans Survive On Kepler-438b?

Monday, March 02, 2015

One of NASA's favorite planetary candidates for habitability is Kepler-438b. But even an "Earth-like" planet like Kepler-438b is still pretty alien.

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The Takeaway

Building a Case for Life on Mars

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

New evidence shows that early in the history of the planet, Mars likely had rivers, lakes, and oceans of water for tens of millions of years—potentially long enough for life to form.

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The Takeaway

NASA Plans Life on Mars by 2030

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Ellen Stofan is NASA's Chief Scientist. She says that nowadays, her focus is on figuring out how to get astronauts to Mars—and not just for a quick touchdown, either. Stofan says she's optimistic, despite the challenges, that space travelers can take their first steps on Mars by 2030.

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The Takeaway

Science and God: Can They Co-Exist?

Monday, April 21, 2014

Can science and God co-exist? For centuries, science and religion have been at odds, with some fearing that the more scientists uncover, the more religious theories may unravel.

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Radiolab

Radiolab and Physicists, On The Same Wavelength

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

It's like physicists were just waiting for our latest Radiolab episode, before making that big announcement about the beginning of the universe.

 

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The Takeaway

We Have an Update On What Started the Universe

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

After a decades-long search for answers about the creation of the universe, scientists believe they have found a smoking gun. On Monday, a team of scientists announced the first direct evidence for what's known as cosmic inflation, or proof of the first fractions of a second that were initiated after the Big Bang. Clem Pryke is an experimental cosmologist at the University of Minnesota and one of the principal investigators on the team that made the discovery.

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On Being

Brian Greene — Reimagining the Cosmos

Thursday, January 30, 2014

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On Being

[Unedited] Brian Greene with Krista Tippett

Thursday, January 30, 2014

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On Being

Martin Rees — Cosmic Origami and What We Don't Know [remix]

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Parallel realities and the deep structure of space-time sound like science fiction. But these are matters of real scientific inquiry. Lord Martin Rees is an astrophysicist and atheist who spends his life contemplating such things.

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On Being

Lord Martin Rees with Krista Tippett [Unedited Interview]

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Parallel realities and the deep structure of space-time sound like science fiction. But these are matters of real scientific inquiry. Lord Martin Rees is an astrophysicist and atheist who spends his life contemplating such things.

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The Takeaway

Neil deGrasse Tyson On How Much We Don't Know About Our Universe

Monday, November 04, 2013

Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist and Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History.  He's also the narrator "Dark Universe," a new show about the stuff our cosmos are made of: dark matter.

 

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On Being

S. James Gates — Uncovering the Codes for Reality [remix]

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Are we in the matrix? Physicist James Gates reveals why string theory stretches our imaginations about the nature of reality. Also, how failure makes us more complete, and imagination makes us more knowledgeable.

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On Being

[Unedited] S. James Gates Jr. and Krista Tippett

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Are we in the matrix? Physicist James Gates reveals why string theory stretches our imaginations about the nature of reality. Also, how failure makes us more complete, and imagination makes us more knowledgeable.

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Radiolab

Go Away! I Want You As Far Away From Me As Possible (How Big Is The Universe?)

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Banishments are much more complicated than they used to be. And this "Minute Physics" video suggests, paradoxically, that both you and the person you banish are somehow simultaneously at the center of the universe.

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The Takeaway

Our 'Unstable' Universe Could Be Wiped Out by a New One

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Dr. Joseph Lykken of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory posits that "vacuum instability," that a universe will blow up like a bubble in our universe and sweep across it, consuming everything in its wake. It's pretty serious stuff, but the notion still relies on some far out cosmological theories.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

An Existential Detective Story

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Jim Holt, essayist, critic, and author of Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story, discusses his new book, which investigates the age-old mystery of why is there something rather nothing.

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