Monday, August 8, 2016

Season 3 Episode 9 - Ben Montet Makes a Star Weirder



Released: 8 August 2016
Duration:47 minutes 44 seconds

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Ben Montet
Host Paul Carr talks to astronomer Ben Montet,who has, with his colleague Joshua Simon, just published the result that Tabby's Star (KIC 8462852) dimmed considerably over the four year course of the Kepler Space Telescope prime mission.

Guest Bio:

Ben Montet recently defended his Ph.D. at the California Institute of Technology, where his thesis work focused on understanding the properties of low-mass stars and their companions. During his thesis, he led teams which measured the occurrence rate of Jupiter-sized planets in wide orbits around low-mass stars, developed the first catalog of confirmed transiting planets from the K2 mission, and characterized the first non-inflated brown dwarf with a directly measured mass, radius, and atmospheric properties. In September, he will begin a Carl Sagan Fellowship at the University of Chicago.

Links:

Montet and Simon, KIC 8462852 Faded Throughout the Kepler Mission
Interview with Bradley Schaefer on Dimming of Tabby's Star
Boyajian, et. al., KIC 8462852 - Where's The Flux?
Interview with Tabetha "Tabby" Boyajian.

Aliens, perhaps, but not the Aliens of the Gaps.


Credits:

Host and Producer: Paul Carr
Announcer:Erin Carr
Music: DJ Spooky, Jason Robinson, Erika Lloyd


Monday, August 1, 2016

Burst 19 - Our Sky Now and Then



Released: 31 July 2016
Duration: 24 minutes, 11 seconds

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Palomar Sky Survey image from 1950 around the area in question
Host Paul Carr discusses the recent paper "Our Sky Now and Then" with lead author and astronomer University of Upsalla in Sweden, Ms. Villarroel's team was undertaking an alternative approach to SETI, looking for evidence of effects in astronomical data that could not be due to natural effects.
Beatriz Villarroel,a PhD student at the

Links:

Our Sky Now and Then
The USNO B1.0 Catalog
The Sloan Digital Sky Survey
The Lost Star (Vizier)
The Nearby Infrared WISE object
Jason Wright: A WISE Search for Large Extraterrestrial Civilizations

Credits:

Host and Producer: Paul Carr
Music: Jason Robinson


Monday, July 4, 2016

Burst 18 - Nick Nielsen on the Spoor of Civilizations


Released: 4 July 2016
Duration: 20 minutes, 41 seconds

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SETI research is much like the traditional task of a tracker, who seeks the spoor of elusive quarry through a wilderness. In the search for life, intelligence, and exocivilizations we find ourselves in the position of seeking the spoor of these higher emergent complexities in the cosmological wilderness.

Links:

The Wilderness Hypothesis (Wow! Signal Burst) 
The Halos of Vanished Civilizations (Wow! Signal Burst)
Another Astrobiological Thought Experiment (Tumblr post)

Credits:

Writer and Presenter: Nick Nielsen
Producer: Paul Carr
Music: Jason Robinson


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

S3 Episode 7 - Journey Into the World of Alien Hunting



Released: 22 June 2016
Duration: 41 minutes, 19 seconds

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SETI scientists featured in Earthling's Quest
Daniela De Paulis hosts a conversation with the team producing the crowdfunded feature-length SETI documentary Earthling's Quest, and one of the scientists profiled in the film, Douglas Vakoch. We urge you to consider contributing to the Kickstarter for this film.


  • opening
  • Daniela's intro
  • introduction to the Earthling's Quest team: Alexander Ryneus and Per Bifrost (film co-directors), and Malla Grapengiesser (producer).
  • Introduction of Douglas Vakoch
  • Introduction on SETI and METI
  • What is the focus of the documentary?
  • Why is SETI so timely
  • Possibilities of finding extraterrestrial intelligent life
  • Why should we contact other life forms?
  • Should we be afraid?
  • closing remarks and discussion
  • Brief announcements
  • outro

The Earthling's Quest team

Links:

METI International
The SETI Institute
The Earthling's Quest Kickstarter

Our updated Team page

Credits:

Host: Daniela De Paulis
Producer: Paul Carr
Announcer: Erin Carr
Music: DJ Spooky, Erika Lloyd, George Hrab




S3 Episode 7 - Journey Into the World of Alien Hunting



Released: 22 June 2016
Duration: 41 minutes, 19 seconds

Download the .mp3 audio file


SETI scientists featured in Earthling's Quest
Daniela De Paulis hosts a conversation with the team producing the crowdfunded feature-length SETI documentary Earthling's Quest, and one of the scientists profiled in the film, Douglas Vakoch. We urge you to consider contributing to the Kickstarter for this film.


  • opening
  • Daniela's intro
  • introduction to the Earthling's Quest team: Alexander Ryneus and Per Bifrost (film co-directors), and Malla Grapengiesser (producer).
  • Introduction of Douglas Vakoch
  • Introduction on SETI and METI
  • What is the focus of the documentary?
  • Why is SETI so timely
  • Possibilities of finding extraterrestrial intelligent life
  • Why should we contact other life forms?
  • Should we be afraid?
  • closing remarks and discussion
  • Brief announcements
  • outro

The Earthling's Quest team

Links:

METI Interinational
The SETI Institute
The Earthling's Quest Kickstarter

Our updated Team page

Credits:

Host: Daniela De Paulis
Producer: Paul Carr
Announcer: Erin Carr
Music: DJ Spooky, Erika Lloyd, George Hrab




Thursday, May 26, 2016

Season 3 Episode 6 - Not a Glimmer of an Idea



Released: 27 May 2016
Duration: 67 minutes, 16 seconds

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We interview LSU astronomer Bradley Schaefer about why he s sticking to his guns about the century-long dimming of Tabby's Star (KIC 8462952), why some popular explanations fail, and what can be done to further explore the reason that this star's behavior is so weird. In particular, Brad wants to encourage us to contribute to Tabetha Boyajian's kickstarter to buy telescope time to monitor the star.

Links:

The Fast and Slow Dimming of Tabby's Star
Tabby's Star for the Perplexed, Part 1
The Most Mysterious Star in the Universe
Interview with Tabetha Boyajian
Brad Schaefer: KIC 8462852 Faded at an Average Rate of 0.165+-0.013 Magnitudes Per Century From 1890 To 1989
Brad Schaefer on Centauri Dreams: Further Thoughts on the Dimming of KIC 8462852


Credits:

Host and Producer: Paul Carr
Announcer: Erin Carr
Music: DJ Spooky, George Hrab

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