Blue Dot

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Sinopse

Blue Dot, named after Carl Sagan's famous speech about our place in the universe, features interviews with guests from all over the regional, national and worldwide scientific communities. Host Dave Schlom leads discussions about the issues science is helping us address with experts who shed light on climate change, space exploration, astronomy, technology and much more. Dave asks us to remember: from deep space, we all live on a pale, blue dot.

Episódios

  • Best Of Blue Dot: What Is This Thing Called Science Anyway? #162

    Best Of Blue Dot: What Is This Thing Called Science Anyway? #162

    02/04/2021 Duração: 52min

    Dave visits with James Zimring, author of the new book What Science is and How it Really Works. In a wide-ranging conversation that covers everything from the methodology of science, news flash, there really isn't a "Scientific Method" like the version you saw in your high school biology textbook, to some of the most important social issues of our day like the anti-vaccination movement and climate change science denial. Understanding the logical and philosophical underpinnings of science is the key to making rational decisions in an increasingly complex and endangered world. As Carl Sagan so eloquently put it:

  • Blue Dot 209: Groundwater Issues In Calif.  The West: W/UC Davis Hydrologist Thomas Harter

    Blue Dot 209: Groundwater Issues In Calif. & The West: W/UC Davis Hydrologist Thomas Harter

    26/03/2021 Duração: 52min

    If there is one most contentious issue in the history of California, it is probably water. From the Owens Valley water wars from the early 20th century that were chronicled in part by the film Chinatown, to the modern era of trying to strike a balance between wildlife, fisheries and agriculture as well as urban water use, water is crucial to all stake holders.

  • Blue Dot 208: Tales Of Space Future And Past

    Blue Dot 208: Tales Of Space Future And Past

    19/03/2021 Duração: 52min

    Dave talks to NASA's Jason Derleth, the executive in charge of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Program about some future proposals that are being funded that may sound like science fiction but many are likely to revolutionize the future of space exploration. From magnetic levitation tracks on the Moon to miniature robotic submarines to explore the oceans of Europa -- it's science and technology literally at the cutting edge.

  • Blue Dot 207: Polar Climate Change and Our Weather: A Conversation With Jennifer Francis

    Blue Dot 207: Polar Climate Change and Our Weather: A Conversation With Jennifer Francis

    12/03/2021 Duração: 52min

    Dave talks to polar climate expert Jennifer Francis about the hows and whys of the north polar region's dramatic warming is affecting weather here at temperate latitudes. From freezing temperatures in Texas to the persistent drought conditions in California, it turns out much of what is happening (or not happening in the case of winter storms hitting California) is due to changes in the polar jet stream caused by a rapidly warming climate at the highest latitudes.

  • Blue Dot 206: NOBEL PRIZE IN PHYSICS 2020: Black Holes

    Blue Dot 206: NOBEL PRIZE IN PHYSICS 2020: Black Holes

    05/03/2021 Duração: 52min

    Dave takes a deep dive into the science of black holes, which were the basis of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics which went to Roger Penrose, Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez. Denver Museum of Nature and Science Curator of Space Science joins us to talk about the Nobel Prize and the basic physics behind our understanding of black holes, which are the ultimate warping of space-time.

  • Blue Dot 205: Climate Extremes: Texas Freeze And Urban Heat

    Blue Dot 205: Climate Extremes: Texas Freeze And Urban Heat

    26/02/2021 Duração: 52min

    Dave investigates two very different but interrelated topics: the deep freeze that sent the power grid in Texas into near collapse and how our cities are disproportionately hot in summer due to the urban heat island effect. Both stories involve how the most vulnerable populations tend to take the brunt of climate change extremes. In Texas, dozens died trying to stay warm while in our western cities, black and LatinX suffer in summer when their neighborhoods are measurably hotter than more affluent neighborhoods.

  • Best Of Blue Dot: UNFOLD: A Conversation With Science Podcaster Amy Quinton

    Best Of Blue Dot: UNFOLD: A Conversation With Science Podcaster Amy Quinton

    19/02/2021 Duração: 52min

    Dave visits with fellow science communicator Amy Quinton. Amy and co-host Kat Kerlin are the creators of Unfold a science podcast featuring research from the University of California at Davis. The podcasts are thematic series on topics like food scarcity and climate change. Amy talks about her path from being a broadcast journalist to a science specialist who truly loves taking listeners along on journeys of scientific discovery.

  • Blue Dot 204: The Last Stargazers: A Conversation With Astronomer Emily Levesque

    Blue Dot 204: The Last Stargazers: A Conversation With Astronomer Emily Levesque

    12/02/2021 Duração: 52min

    Life long amateur astronomer Dave Schlom is joined by professional astronomer Emily Levesque to talk about her recently published book: The Last Stargazers: True Tales of The Colorful and Vanishing World of Observational Astronomy . A kind love letter to her fellow professionals, Emily takes us on a tour of some of the world's greatest observatories perched on remote mountain tops and explains how professional astronomy is actually practiced.

  • Blue Dot 203: Apollo 14 Pt. 2 -- Commander Al Shepard And Mission Control

    Blue Dot 203: Apollo 14 Pt. 2 -- Commander Al Shepard And Mission Control

    05/02/2021 Duração: 52min

    We continue our [email protected] special with part two of our look back at Apollo 14. In this episode we focus on the Commander and America's first astronaut in space, Alan B. Shepard. While he is no longer with us, we did get the perspective of one of his daughter's Julie Jenkins. Once again, "Apollo Kids" Amy Bean and Gwen Griffin reprise their guest host roles and interview Julie as she talks about her famous parents, Al and Louise.

  • Blue Dot 202: The Flight Of Apollo 14 Part 1

    Blue Dot 202: The Flight Of Apollo 14 Part 1

    29/01/2021 Duração: 52min

    In the latest of Blue Dot's [email protected] series we look back at the third successful lunar landing mission, Apollo 14, which took place during early February of 1971 in the first of a two-part special. After the near disaster of Apollo 13, Apollo 14 was targeted for the same landing site -- the Fra Mauro Highlands as NASA began its shift toward the scientific exploration of the Moon.

  • Blue Dot 201: Whats Killing Killer Whales?

    Blue Dot 201: What's Killing Killer Whales?

    22/01/2021 Duração: 52min

    Dave talks to wildlife veterinarian Joe Gaydos from the Sea Doc Society (a research center on Orcas Island in the Salish Sea off the Washington Coast) and UC Davis along with NOAA marine wildlife biologist Dawn Noren as they examine the lives and deaths of one of the Earth's apex predators: Killer Whales. Both were part of a multi year study investigating the deaths of whales, mostly in the Pacific Northwest to determine their cause of death.

  • Blue Dot 200: THE NEW CLIMATE WAR: A Conversation With Michael Mann

    Blue Dot 200: THE NEW CLIMATE WAR: A Conversation With Michael Mann

    15/01/2021 Duração: 52min

    Dave visits with one of the world's leading climate scientists, Dr. Michael Mann. The professor of atmospheric sciences at Penn State's just published book, The New Climate War documents how the fossil fuel industry political forces aligned with them have used a systematic program of disinformation and deflection to keep large scale policy changes to confront the climate crisis from happening.

  • Blue Dot 199: POETS In THE PARKS: A Conversation With Karla K. Morton And Alan Birkelbach

    Blue Dot 199: POETS In THE PARKS: A Conversation With Karla K. Morton And Alan Birkelbach

    08/01/2021 Duração: 52min

    Dave visits with two dear friends, both Poets Laureate of Texas: Karla K. Morton and Alan Birkelbach. When we last visited with the pair of traveling poets in 2018, they were about half way through their quest to visit every U.S. National Park. Beginning with Yellowstone and ending with their 62nd park, White Sands in New Mexico, karla and Alan documented their journeys with poems and photographs that were just published by TCU Press, The National Parks A Century of Grace. It's a lush and epic volume filled with anecdotes, stunning pictures and of course, poems!

  • Blue Dot 198: Dot Meets Oyster Cult! An Interview With Blue Oyster Cult Guitarist Richie Castellano

    Blue Dot 198: Dot Meets Oyster Cult! An Interview With Blue Oyster Cult Guitarist Richie Castellano

    18/12/2020 Duração: 52min

    Blue Oyster Cult guitarist, vocalist and co-producer Richie Castellano makes his second appearance on our show to talk about rock guitar effects and what it's like to use technology for live streaming concerts during a time of pandemic. Richie is joined by his father John, who is also an outstanding musician and it's no wonder -- New York City has seen a long line of musicians in the family.

  • Blue Dot 197: LUNAR OUTFITTERS: A Conversation With Space Suit Historian Bill Ayrey

    Blue Dot 197: LUNAR OUTFITTERS: A Conversation With Space Suit Historian Bill Ayrey

    11/12/2020 Duração: 52min

    Dave once again delves into the Apollo Program 50 years ago with this in depth look at the iconic space suits that Neil Armstrong and his 11 fellow moonwalkers wore on the lunar surface. Bill Ayrey is tge author of the new book, Lunar Outfitters: Making The Apollo Spacesuit. Bill worked for decades as a test engineer during the Space Shuttle era for ILC, the International Latex Corporation, and has served as a historian for them in liason with The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, which curates the Apollo suits including Armstrong's.

  • Blue Dot 196: Wildlife Veterinary Heroes: Drs. Jamie Peyton And Marcela Uhart

    Blue Dot 196: Wildlife Veterinary Heroes: Drs. Jamie Peyton And Marcela Uhart

    04/12/2020 Duração: 52min

    Dave talks to two heroic veterinarians associated with UC Davis. First, Dr. Jamie Peyton shares her pioneering work on treating wildlife suffering from burns and other injuries associated with catastrophic wildfires. Peyton uses amazing techniques involving the use of fish skins to act as bandages for severely burned animals like bears and mountain lions.

  • Best Of Blue Dot: Possible Worlds -- An Interview With Ann Druyan

    Best Of Blue Dot: Possible Worlds -- An Interview With Ann Druyan

    27/11/2020 Duração: 52min

    Dave talks to one of his favorite people on the planet, Ann Druyan. As the wife of the late Carl Sagan, Ann has worked tirelessly since his passing in 1996 to foster and carry on his legacy. In 2014, Druyan teamed with Seth McFarlane to produce the sequel to Sagan's classic Cosmos: a Personal Voyage. Cosmos: a Spacetime Odyssey, received critical acclaim and 4 emmys and spurred the production for a second series Cosmos: Possible Worlds, which airs on FOX TV beginning September 22.

  • Blue Dot 195: UNRAVELING THE MYSTERIES OF THE MOON: Planetary Geologist Clive Neal

    Blue Dot 195: UNRAVELING THE MYSTERIES OF THE MOON: Planetary Geologist Clive Neal

    20/11/2020 Duração: 52min

    Dave is joined by planetary geologist Clive Neal from the University of Notre Dame for a spirited conversation on the past, present and future exploration of The Moon. Clive is an expert on the geologic explorations of the Apollo program and a leading proponent for using the moon as an enabling resource for the long term exploration of the solar system. Clive also weighs in on the recent discovery of abundant water in the lunar crater Clavius.

  • Blue Dot 194: UNFOLD: A Conversation With Science Podcaster Amy Quinton

    Blue Dot 194: UNFOLD: A Conversation With Science Podcaster Amy Quinton

    13/11/2020 Duração: 52min

    Dave visits with fellow science communicator Amy Quinton. Amy and co-host Kat Kerlin are the creators of Unfold a science podcast featuring research from the University of California at Davis. The podcasts are thematic series on topics like food scarcity and climate change. Amy talks about her path from being a broadcast journalist to a science specialist who truly loves taking listeners along on journeys of scientific discovery.

  • Blue Dot 193: WEATHER IN THE WEST: Climate Scientist Daniel Swain

    Blue Dot 193: WEATHER IN THE WEST: Climate Scientist Daniel Swain

    06/11/2020 Duração: 52min

    Dave is joined by climate and weather expert Daniel Swain from UCLA's School of the Environment and Sustainability. His weather blog, Weather West has been keeping west coast weather watchers and professional meteorologists engaged for nearly two decades. Daniel tells us all about this summer's nearly non stop fire weather and the climate conditions that led to a hellish summer for the entire western US. He also explains how computer models in North America and Europe are used to converge on your weekly forecast.