Aliens!...and Other News | FULL SHOW | #318
Humans have been sending radio signals out to the universe for years, and so far we’ve received no answer. But what would we do if we did? And how on Earth (or anywhere else, for that matter) do you encode digital images into DNA? All of this and more from Popular Science! | Download Full Episode #318
Segment 1: Seeker.com | Download Segment 1
Looking for a place where you can find the latest news on science and exploration? Try out Seeker.com (@Seeker)! Dr. Ian O’Neill (@astroengine), Space Science Producer for Discovery News (@DNews), gives us a rundown on the various topics covered by Seeker, including NASA’s recent exoplanet discoveries.
Segment 2: Warp One, Engage! | Download Segment 2
What exactly is a ‘potentially habitable’ exoplanet? Dr. Ian O’Neill (@astroengine) explains the methodology behind the search for Earth-like planets in nearby solar systems, and what we might be able to do if we find one with an atmosphere.
Segment 3: Science in Hollywood | Download Segment 3
We all know Hollywood likes to exaggerate, especially when it comes to science. But is there some level of truth to any of the stories? Dr. Ian O’Neill (@astroengine) and Alan discuss the possibility of an alien invasion.
Segment 4: Flood Protection | Download Segment 4
Living in a flood zone can become a scary reality quickly. Wouldn’t you want a flex wall that you can pull out in a second in the event of an emergency? Alan George from ILC Dover (@ILCDover) is here to share how ILC’s flood protection technology works.
Segment 5: Digital DNA | Download Segment 5
Where do you store information? Your computer, phone, tablet…essentially anything that is a computer, right? Well, what about DNA? Dr. Georg Seelig, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, is involved in a project aiming to encode digital images into DNA. Listen in to understand how this process works.
Segment 6: Our Hearts are With You, Orlando | Download Segment 6
Did you know that only 38% of people are qualified to give blood? Due to FDA regulations, gay and bisexual men are banned from donating blood because of past HIV scares. JD Davids, Managing Editor for TheBody.com (@TheBodyDotCom), is working to clear up misconceptions and educate people on the realities of HIV and the need for change in FDA policy.
CreditsHost: Alan Taylor
Producer: Brendon Massa
Production Asst: Joanne Bolden
Copy Editor: Sara Antonuccio
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