Aired 11 months ago 2:52
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Aired 11 months ago 24:35
Bonus: Harvard Astronomer On Why Aliens Aren't Just Science Fiction
Superstar astronomer Avi Loeb discusses mysteries surrounding the interstellar space object known as 'Oumuamua, why it could be a probe sent by an alien civilization, and how the scientific community should be more willing to acknowledge and embrace uncertainty.
Aired 1 year ago 26:15
Rebroadcast: Episode 1: Avi Loeb, alien hunter and chair of Harvard's astronomy department
Dr. Avi Loeb is the chair of Harvard's Astronomy Department. The Israeli-born theoretical physicist is a graduate of Jerusalem's Hebrew University, a school that was founded by one of his heroes, Albert Einstein. Indeed, he followed Einstein's path to the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University. Loeb has published more than 500 scientific papers. Time magazine selected Loeb as one of the 25 most influential people in space. Loeb is the chair of the Breakthrough Starshot Advisory Committee. That's a $100 million project to find a new Earth for humans. Yep, you read that right. Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg is an advisor as was physicist Stephen Hawking, before he passed away in March of this year. The heavily funded group is actively searching for alien life with the hopes of asking the aliens if we could move to their planet in the event that something happens to ours. Crazy stuff, we know. For behind the scenes access to our show, including sneak peeks of future episodes, please join the "Our Friend from Israel" Facebook group. For additional notes, photos and a transcript of this episode, please visit www.ourfriendfromisrael.com.
Aired 7 months ago 22:20
Astronomers Turn to AI as New Telescopes Come Online - Ep. 83
Good news: astronomers are getting new tools to let them see further, better than ever before. The bad news: theyâ€™ll soon be getting more data than humans can handle. To turn the vast quantities of data that will be pouring out of these instruments into world-changing scientific discoveries, Brant Robertson, a visiting professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and an associate professor of astronomy at UC Santa Cruz, is turning to AI.