Episode 568

Q&A 101: How Do We Know Meteorites Came From Mars? And More... Featuring Dr. Nick Cowan from McGill

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September 26th, 2019

27 mins 20 secs

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In this week's questions show, I explain how scientists know that meteorites came from Mars, is it dangerous to look for alien civilizations, what citizen science projects to get involved in, and more. Featuring Professor Nick Cowan from McGill University.

00:20 How do we know a meteorite came from Mars
02:27 Why look for aliens?
05:20 Observational bias finding big planets?
08:03 What projects can software engineers get involved in?
09:50 Why bother thinking about superhabitable worlds?
11:31 Shouldn't Earth be turned in the wrong direction?
13:00 Can we communicate with gravity waves?
14:19 Would electronics survive a journey of thousands of years?
16:28 Could we set up a system to communicate with Voyagers better?
18:14 What gear setup do we use?
21:13 What will enable deep space travel?
22:57 Habitable zones on a tidally locked planet?

Professor Nick Cowan
https://msi.mcgill.ca/~cowan/

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