Accuracy, precision and reproducibility. These are the foundations of science that make our progress possible. How do these play into a scientist’s daily activities? And just how precise can we get with our measurements?
Astronomy Cast takes a fact-based journey through the cosmos as it offers listeners weekly discussions on astronomical topics ranging from planets to cosmology. Hosted by Fraser Cain (Universe Today) and Dr. Pamela L. Gay (CosmoQuest), this show brings the questions of an avid astronomy lover direct to an astronomer. Together Fraser and Pamela explore what is known and being discovered about the universe around us.
- Ep. 578: Life on Venus?!?
- Ep. 577: Mars in Opposition
- Ep. 576: Summer Stargazing Special
- Ep. 575: Observing the Moon
- Ep. 574: Trojan Asteroids
- Ep. 573: Exoplanet Atmospheres
- Ep. 572: Twists in Planet Formation
- Ep. 571: Extreme Binaries
- Ep. 570: Discovering Comets
- Ep. 569: Ethics of Commercial and Military Space, Part 1: Private Space Flight
- Ep. 568: In Situ Resource Utilization
- Ep. 567: When Satellites Need a House Call
- Ep. 566: When Comets Fall Apart
- Ep. 565: When Worlds Collide
- Ep. 564: Mini Moons
Our modern society depends on science. It impacts the way we eat, work, communicate and play. And yet, most people take our amazing scientific advancement for granted, and some are even hostile to it. What can we do to spread the love of science through education, outreach and media?
For those non-scientists trying to get their original ideas accepted by the scientific community, you’ve got to have thick skin. It might seem like there’s a vast conspiracy, or a general attitude that drives away original, but unorthodox ideas. But that’s not true, the reality is that great ideas in science come from everywhere, even amateurs.
Astronomy is one of the few sciences where amateurs make meaningful contributions to discoveries. Many professional researchers work hand-in-hand with teams of amateurs to make discoveries that just wouldn’t be possible without this kind of collaboration. In fact, Pamela regularly relies on dedicated enthusiasts for her data on variable stars.
Have you ever been doing thermodynamics in a closed system and noticed that there’s a finite number of ways that things can be arranged, and they tend towards disorder? Of course you have, we all have. That’s entropy. And here in our Universe, entropy is on the rise.