Month: March 2018

  • Stephen Hawking changed our perception of black holes and the Big Bang. Here's how he changed my life. | Miles O'Brien Productions

    Stephen Hawking changed our perception of black holes and the Big Bang. Here’s how he changed my life.

    Stephen Hawking overcame the loss of his working limbs and voice to become the best-known theoretical physicist of his era, upending the scientific consensus that nothing escapes the intense gravity of black holes. Earning countless honors, he used his fame to appeal for saving the Earth. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien joins Hari Sreenivasan to remember…

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  • What does a year in space to your DNA? A conversation with astronaut Scott Kelly. | Miles O'Brien Productions

    What does a year in space do to your DNA? A conversation with astronaut Scott Kelly.

     In this episode of Miles To Go, Miles catches up with astronaut Scott Kelly and learns about what it’s like to spend a year in space. Kelly talks about the physical and emotional toll of his historic mission, the challenges of CO2, radiation exposure, what scientists are continuing to learn upon his return to…

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  • This fusion company wants to use its tech to fight cancer | Miles O'Brien Productions

    This fusion company wants to use its tech to fight cancer

    A private venture pursuing fusion power technology has stumbled on a potent way to kill cancer cells while methodically marching toward the Holy Grail of energy production. TAE, formerly Tri Alpha Energy has notched several key milestones on the road toward making fusion practical–thanks to some deep-pocket funding from the likes of Paul Allen. Fusion…

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  • Jupiter, penguins, and neurons: this week in science | Miles O'Brien Productions

    Jupiter, penguins, and neurons: this week in science

    Here’s a look back at this week in science, with stories you don’t want to miss. First look under Jupiter’s clouds This week, we learned a lot more about Jupiter’s atmosphere and internal structure. Using data from the Juno spacecraft, currently in orbit around the gas giant, scientists were able to determine that Jupiter’s banded…

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  • Analysis: How does the U.S. see itself in a nuclear world?

    Nukes as deterrents Nuclear warfare is more psychological than anything. Nowadays, there are multiple nuclear-armed states, holding bombs hundreds of times more powerful than those dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It is widely acknowledged that the next use of these weapons would augur civilization’s end. That prospect is what has kept the nuclear genie in…

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  • Entering A New Dimension in 3D Printing | Miles O'Brien Productions

    Entering A New Dimension in 3D Printing

    When you think of 3D printing, you may envision useless trinkets, a cheesy iPhone cover, or extruded cheese doodles. But that would be so 2014 of you! In this episode of Miles To Go, Miles sits down with John Hart, an MIT Engineering Professor and Entrepreneur who is leading the way to a new era…

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