Cosmic Queries – Between Planets and Stars, with Jackie Faherty
Thanks to Storyblocks Video for sponsoring this episode of StarTalk! http://www.Storyblocks.com/startalk On this episode of StarTalk Radio, Neil deGrasse Tyson is exploring the worlds found in the space between stars. These spaces are known to be home to some of the most fascinating celestial objects in the universe – brown dwarfs. Neil is joined by comic co-host Chuck Nice and astrophysicist and brown dwarf expert Jackie Faherty, PhD, to help answer fan-submitted Cosmic Queries about brown dwarfs and a lot more. What is a brown dwarf? If you don’t know, don’t worry. Jackie gets us up to speed on what they are, how they work, and how they’re formed. Do brown dwarfs have surfaces? You’ll learn that and a lot more about their structure. Find out why brown dwarfs are at the center of one of the biggest discussions in modern astronomy. You’ll hear how the tools used to study brown dwarfs can also be used to study exoplanets. Jackie tells us about her favorite star system, Eta Carinae. Is the Sun the biggest star in our galaxy? You’ll find out. We ponder the Planet 9 hypothesis and whether Jupiter is a “failed star.” We also discuss HR 8799 – which Jackie describes as the “Brad Pitt of Planetary Systems” – and explore how stars interact with each other. Learn more about ʻOumuamua, the interstellar object that passed through our solar system not long ago. You’ll find out if interacting with our solar system altered its path through the universe. We also try and put a number on how many stars are in the universe. Jackie comes up with a great tagline to describe what astronomers do for a living. Lastly, our trio tackle the pseudoscience of zodiac signs. All that, plus, we investigate the Nemesis star hypothesis and what it means for the past, present, and future safety of Earth. This episode originally aired on November 22, 2019.
Isaac Newton - Wheel of Science with Neil deGrasse Tyson
Create your very own free website on Wix! http://www.wix.com/go/startalk On this episode of Wheel Of Science, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Chuck Nice answer YOUR questions about Isaac Newton’s contributions to humanity. Find out about the whole apple thing, a world without Newton, what Newton might tackle today, why he invented calculus, and how his work compares to that of Albert Einstein.
Terraforming Mars with Neil deGrasse Tyson
This video is sponsored by Storyblocks Video. Learn more: http://www.storyblocks.com/startalk Should we terraform Mars? How would we do it? Why would we do it? Neil deGrasse Tyson and Chuck Nice are here to break down the logistics of putting humans on the Red Planet. You’ll learn why, if we want to warm Mars out of permafrost, it would be a BYOGHG event. You’ll also learn about Elon Musk’s plan to warm up Mars. Chuck ponders the benefits of being a two-planet species. All that, plus, Neil explains why the day we have the power to terraform Mars is the same day we have the power to terraform Earth.
Neil deGrasse Tyson Chats with International Space Station Astronauts Christina Koch & Jessica Meir
On this very special edition of StarTalk, Neil deGrasse Tyson catches up (literally) with Expedition 61 astronauts and flight engineers Christina Koch and Jessica Meir who are currently aboard the International Space Station. You’ll find out what kind of science experiments Christina and Jessica are currently overseeing during their mission aboard ISS. Discover more about the nuances of living in microgravity. Our pair of astronauts tell us about the cuisine you can find aboard the ISS and why variety is key during long missions. You’ll learn about the lettuce being grown aboard the ISS. We ponder if the future of space travel will be vegetarian or if there’s a future in growing and/or 3D-printing meat. Jessica and Christina weigh in on the future of human space travel: when we’ll have self-sustaining colonies on Mars, the implementation of robot astronauts, and going back to the Moon. You’ll find out the impact of the “overview effect” and how the ISS shapes politics on Earth. Lastly, Neil can’t help but bring up the movie Gravity. All that, plus, you’ll also learn how astronauts prepare to deal with a keystone issue when it comes to space travel – vomiting.
Quantum Physics with Neil deGrasse Tyson
Thanks to Wix for sponsoring this video! Create your website now: http://www.wix.com/go/startalk On this smaller-than-life episode of Wheel Of Science, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Chuck Nice answer YOUR questions about quantum physics! Find out about the Higgs Boson, faster-than-light travel, quantum technology, and more.
Vaccines – Let’s Make America Smart Again with Neil deGrasse Tyson
On this episode of StarTalk Radio, Neil deGrasse Tyson sits down with first-time comic co-host Felicia Madison and returning friend of the show and Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer Laurie Garrett, to debunk disinformation and get straight to the facts about vaccines. As we watch the rise of anti-science movements, it’s important to set the record straight and what better way to do it than answer fan-submitted questions on the topic. Laurie explains why the rise of anti-science movements stem from a rise in distrust of government. You’ll find out if there are public health policy avenues that can help combat the growing anti-vaccine movement. Explore why seeing a disease in action might be the most effective way to show people why vaccines are vital to public safety. You’ll learn about “herd immunity” and why not getting vaccinated impacts far more than just the individual. Learn the dangers of a Measles outbreak. You’ll hear about a Measles outbreak that started at Disneyland and caused California to quickly re-think its laws on vaccines. We try and nail down the main reasons why parents are worried about getting their children vaccinated, and Felicia shares what her own worries were before she got her own children vaccinated. Laurie explains why certain chemicals and preservatives are used in common vaccines. We also explore why not all vaccines have 100% success rates. Find out if you can get a vaccine shot without parental permission. We also investigate the difference between eliminating a disease and eradicating it. You’ll also hear more about fighting against diseases when we travel to other planets, and we reminisce about H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds and Michael Crichton’s The Andromeda Strain. All that, plus, Felicia asks, “Can we eradicate stupidity?” This episode originally aired as a podcast on March 8, 2019. #Vaccines #NeildeGrasseTyson #StarTalk
Exoplanets | Neil deGrasse Tyson
Create your very own free website on Wix! www.wix.com/go/startalk On this out-of-this-world episode of Wheel Of Science, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Chuck Nice answer questions about exoplanets, particularly now that the Kepler and K2 Missions telescope is no longer operating. Find out about NASA's James Webb Space Telescope, life on other planets, why exoplanet research is important, and more.
Freakonomics, with Stephen J. Dubner & Neil deGrasse Tyson
On this episode of StarTalk Radio, Neil deGrasse Tyson sits down with first-time comic co-host James Altucher, host of The James Altucher Show, and Stephen J. Dubner, author of Freakonomics and host of Freakonomics Radio, to answer fan-submitted Cosmic Queries about the stochastic world of economics. We discuss the economics of asteroid mining: would resources brought back from an asteroid completely de-stabilize global markets? How feasible is asteroid mining as an economic solution? What would happen if you brought back water from an asteroid? You’ll learn why an influx of resources from an asteroid might create industries we haven’t seen before. Also, Neil explains why weight is the most important thing when moving things in space. Next, dive into the trends of a recession. You’ll hear whether recessions happen in cycles and if they’re easy for economists to predict. Stephen and James give their assessment of our current economic climate. We debate private vs public space exploration and how space exploration serves as an engine for future economic growth. Neil weighs in on whether we should send people to the Moon or to Mars and Stephen wonders how concerned we should be about an Earth-ending asteroid. Find out why Stephen says you have to set aside your moral compass when studying analytics. Discover what the most important thing to look for is when using statistics. We also discuss why the United States healthcare system is “bizarre.” Stephen gets to ask Neil his own Cosmic Query about the dangers of contaminating our solar system with Earthly microbes. All that, plus, we look towards the future and investigate the use of artificial intelligence in the world of economics.
Higher Dimensions with Neil deGrasse Tyson
Thanks to Wix for sponsoring this video! Create your website now: http://www.wix.com/go/startalk On this 2D episode of Wheel Of Science, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Chuck Nice answer YOUR questions about multiple dimensions! Find out how we know other dimensions exist, how we might interact with creatures of a different dimension, and about what a hypercube is. SHARE this episode with someone who looks good in 3D glasses.
Cosmic Queries: Planets and Stuff with Neil deGrasse Tyson
Thanks to Storyblocks Video for sponsoring this episode of StarTalk. http://www.Storyblocks.com/startalk On this episode of StarTalk Radio, Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Paul Mecurio (http://www.instagram.com/paulmecurio) answer your Cosmic Queries on planets and more from the YouTube Studios in New York City.
We start with one of the most inciting questions: if we had an ocean or bath tub large enough, would Saturn float? Neil tells us about the interplanetary workings of Saturn and why a “piece” of Saturn would float in a puddle of water. You’ll hear why Saturn’s rings might only be temporary. We discuss the density of water and the science of building boats. Discover more about the Titanic and the density of ice.
Then, we explore the world of neuroscience. Neil tells us why he loves tracking the progress of modern-day neuroscience. We ponder if eventually psychologists will be replaced by simple brain adjustments once we can locate what parts of the brain cause certain emotions and behaviors. Find out the history behind the phrase “we only use 10% of our brains” and how it’s been flipped from the original statement.
We discuss if Jupiter is a failed star. Find out what our solar system would be like if we were a two-star system. Learn more about thermonuclear fusion. We dip into tidal science and investigate tidal bulges, the Moon’s relationship with the tides, and we explain why we’re actually traveling “through” low tide and high tide. All that, plus, Neil shares why putting humans on the Moon was the valuable cosmic perspective we’ve encountered yet. Recorded at YouTube Space NY. This episode will air as a podcast next week. You asked for it - we're trying to get you brand new content here first!
Space Politics | Wheel of Science with Neil deGrasse Tyson
Thanks to Wix for sponsoring this video! Create your website now: http://www.wix.com/go/startalk On this episode of Wheel Of Science, Neil deGrasse Tyson answers YOUR questions about the Space Force and politics in space! Find out about militarization in space, cosmic colonization, and how we take advantage of space assets to help us on Earth. SHARE this episode with someone who will try to colonize Mars. This episode originally aired on Facebook in November 2018.
How Lasers Work, with Neil deGrasse Tyson
This video is sponsored by Storyblocks Video. Learn more: http://www.storyblocks.com/startalk How do Lasers work? Neil deGrasse Tyson and comedian Chuck Nice break it down for you. You’ll learn about how atoms and photons work together to make a laser work. Also, find out how lasers are used - from beauty to warfare.
How Will the Cosmos Kill You?
Thanks to Wix for sponsoring this video! Create your website now: http://www.wix.com/go/startalk On this deadly episode of Wheel Of Science, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Chuck Nice answer YOUR questions about how the cosmos can kill us all! Find out how the sun could expand and vaporize us, how space rocks could eliminate life on earth, and how solar storms and increased radiation could render life on earth extinct. SHARE this episode with someone who will save us from the apocalypse.
Cosmic Queries – The Deep with Neil deGrasse Tyson
Why are we here? Who are we? What is the meaning of life? On this episode of StarTalk Radio, Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Chuck Nice answer fan-submitted Cosmic Queries on a range of topics that stem from the deepest thoughts, ideas, and feelings we share about our place in the universe.
*Segment timecodes at bottom of description!*
What boggles your mind? The expansion of the universe? The study of black holes? Neil explains why he’s boggled by research being done in the field of neuroscience. We ponder if the human brain will ever fully figure out the human mind. We also ponder if the universe has complexities that the human mind will never comprehend. You’ll learn about the minute differences between human and chimpanzee DNA and what that could mean for humans in comparison to something that could have higher intelligence than us. We debate how long humanity will last. We investigate the consequences of humans creating an intelligence greater than our own. You’ll hear why Neil has confidence humanity will last given the collective nature of our intelligence. We ask, “If the universe is under no obligation to make sense to us, why study it in the first place?” Neil tells us why our five senses limit us from fully grasping certain elements and constructs of the universe – and how science picks up the slack. We talk about the aging process and the idea of living forever. Then, we dive into the big question: what is the meaning of life? Neil shares his thoughts on how he finds meaning in his own life. You’ll learn why, whenever you look out into the universe, you’re looking at the past. Discover more about the vacuum of space. We also discuss what should be the priority, or priorities, in space exploration. Lastly, you’ll learn about higher dimensions and if they’re bleeding into our own universe. All that, plus, find out more about the shape of space itself. This episode originally aired as a podcast on September 27, 2019. #StarTalk #NeildeGrasseTyson #Space Segment Timecodes
3:05 - What boggles Neil's mind?
12:30 - What is the point of science?
18:31 - Who has a deeper voice?
19:06 - How long will the human race survive?
28:10 - What is the meaning of our human existence?
33:10 - How is space a vacuum?
39:01 - Lightning Round
39:10 - What should be our priority in science?
40:45 - How far behind would astronomy be if Earth didn't have a Moon?
43:05 - What is the shape of space?
44:23 - What can we see in the universe?
46:38 - Is some of our matter from a higher dimension?
The Marvelous Moon | Wheel of Science with Neil deGrasse Tyson
Thanks to Wix for sponsoring this video! Create your website now: http://www.wix.com/go/startalk On this episode of Wheel Of Science, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Chuck Nice answer YOUR questions about the moon! Learn about how the moon was formed, what effect it has on tides, its valuable resources like Helium-3, and the real reason we went to the moon and haven't been back since. SHARE this episode with someone who can’t go out in public during a full moon.
Cosmic Queries – World Space Week with Neil deGrasse Tyson
Check out Charles Liu’s book: https://amzn.to/2VOM8v6 On this episode of StarTalk Radio, we celebrate World Space Week! The annual event has been celebrating the “contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition” since its ratification by the United Nations in 1999. This year is no different except for the fact that our own Neil deGrasse Tyson, comic co-host Matt Kirshen, and astrophysicist and StarTalk geek-in-chief Charles Liu, PhD, are joining the celebration by answering your fan-submitted Cosmic Queries on a variety of cosmic topics! Explore the possibilities of higher dimensions in our universe. We investigate certain theories that allow for “compactified dimensions.” We also discuss Edwin Abbott’s iconic book, Flatland, and ponder how to explain a third dimension to someone in a two-dimensional universe. Next, we raise our sights to asteroids. What are the most common metals found on asteroids and how do mine them? Neil explains why, even if there is an abundance of curiosity, money is still always the driving factor. You’ll hear about the state of solar energy. Find out the real costs inherent in the solar marketplace. Charles sheds light (pun intended) on the difficulties of switching from old technology to new technology. We harken back to the rapid switch from horses to cars and debate why the switch from fossil fuels to renewable resources has taken so much longer. Discover more about speed of light travel: how you would protect those traveling in a vehicle at the speed of light, how The Flash is able to travel at the speed of light, and why it’s possible that you might not even be you at the speed of light. You’ll also hear about terraforming Mars and why the lack of atmosphere presents a big problem. Learn why it’s beneficial to put space telescopes on the far side of the Moon. Our trio weighs in on who will lead humanity’s journey through space? Governments, the private sector, or a combination of both? All that, plus, we discuss how to market space travel to those who find it unnecessary or extravagant. This episode originally aired on October 4, 2019. #StarTalk #NeildeGrasseTyson #Mars
Extraterrestrial Life | Wheel of Science with Neil deGrasse Tyson
Hey Earthlings! Thanks to Wix for sponsoring this video! Create your website now: http://www.wix.com/go/startalk On this episode of Wheel Of Science, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Chuck Nice answer YOUR questions about aliens and extraterrestrial life. Learn about the Drake Equation, panspermia, and where we might find life in our solar system. SHARE this episode with a friend who may not be from Earth. #Aliens #ET #NeildeGrasseTyson
Cosmic Curiosities with Neil deGrasse Tyson
This episode is sponsored by Storyblocks Video. Learn more about Storyblocks - http://www.storyblocks.com/StarTalk On this week’s episode of StarTalk Radio, Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Paul Mecurio (http://www.instagram.com/paulmecurio) sit down to answer a grab bag full of Cosmic Queries that span the cosmic spectrum. We start at the beginning – the Big Bang. Is “Big Bang” a misnomer for what actually happened? Neil and Paul try and figure out if there’s a better name. You’ll learn how the origins of the name “Big Bang” were birthed from the Steady-state model hypothesis. Discover more about the differences between a law, a hypothesis, and a theory. We ponder a thought experiment that explores the boundary conditions of the Earth and the Universe. We ask: if you travel close to the edge of the universe, will you see the other side? Find out the immense reach that astrophysical terminology has in popular marketing and everyday products. We discuss Star Trek and what things from the show could be true in real life. You’ll hear why space tourism requires fundamentally new technology in order to make it accessible for everyday people. Neil tells us about his lottery idea that can send people into space for one dollar per person. You also find out the real costs for sending things into orbit. And, Nell explains why it’s almost certain that there will be fatalities when pushing a frontier forward, like the early days of the airplane industry. Dive into the delicious mysteries of dark matter: Is it a placeholder for our incomplete understanding of gravity? Does it work differently on galactic scales? Can we eventually use it to help us travel through space? Learn more about the science of something exploding in space. Get details on the tricky business of catching neutrinos. Lastly, you’ll discover why it’s hard to pinpoint the center of the universe. All that, plus, you’ll explore the obstacles in trying to communicate with extraterrestrial life. This episode originally aired as a podcast on August 23, 2019. #BigBang #SpaceTourism #StarTrek
Time Travel | Wheel of Science with Neil deGrasse Tyson
Thanks to Wix for sponsoring this video! Create your website now: http://www.wix.com/go/startalk In this time-traveling episode of Wheel Of Science, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Chuck Nice answer YOUR questions about traveling forwards and backwards in time, wormholes, relativity, and time travel in pop culture. SHARE this episode with a friend who claims they’re from the future. #WheelOfScience #SolarSystem #NeildeGrasseTyson
StarTalk @ NY Comic Con: It’s About Time! (Brian Greene & Neil deGrasse Tyson)
Time is of the essence! Or, is it? Is time travel possible? Can we change the past? On this episode of StarTalk Radio, Neil deGrasse Tyson explores the wibbly wobbly, timey wimey nature of time itself with theoretical physicist Brian Greene, comic co-host Chuck Nice, and Impractical Joker James “Murr” Murray. Join us on a pop culture adventure, from the TARDIS of Doctor Who, to the shrinking capabilities of Ant Man and the Wasp, to the Upside Down parallel universe of Stranger Things. Explore if the laws of physics allow time travel to be possible. You’ll learn how the physics of time travel differs depending on whether you’re going into the future or the past. We discuss wormholes and what happens when you place a wormhole next to a black hole. Find out about the “chronology projection conjecture,” a concept first introduced by Steven Hawking. Ponder the logic paradox that occurs when you travel into the past. You’ll find out if other species process time similar to the way humans do. We also venture into the fourth dimension as we explore the TARDIS and it’s capabilities. Next, we move from time travel to the Quantum Realm as we discuss the shrinking science of Ant Man and the Wasp. You’ll learn what the laws of physics say about shrinking. Discover more about the empty space inside atoms. Investigate “molecular disequilibrium,” quantum entanglement, and what Einstein called the “spooky action.” Neil gives praise to the movie A Bug’s Life on its ability to represent the microscopic (besides the obvious error in ant anatomy). Lastly, we take a trip to the Upside Down as we investigate parallel universes. Find out more about string theory and the “brane” idea. Explore the idea of a “gravity phone” used to send out vibrations in space time rather than vibrations through air. Unlock the possibilities of the Many-Worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics and learn more about the “order of infinites.” All that, plus Neil offers an emotional, poignant happy birthday message to his birthday buddy, NASA. This was recorded at NYCC 2018. #NYCC #DoctorWho #StrangerThings
The Solar System | Wheel of Science with Neil deGrasse Tyson
Thanks to Wix for sponsoring this video! Create your website now: http://www.wix.com/go/startalk On this episode of Wheel Of Science, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Chuck Nice answer YOUR questions about our own backyard - The Solar System. Learn about the physics of orbits, how solar systems are formed, and learn how we define the shape and boundary of our solar system. SHARE this episode with a friend who also lives in this solar system. #WheelOfScience #SolarSystem #NeildeGrasseTyson
Cosmic Queries – The New Space Race with Neil deGrasse Tyson
Without the fear and clashing political ideologies of the Cold War to fuel a space race, what will fuel the “new” space race? On this episode of StarTalk Radio, Neil deGrasse Tyson sits down with comic co-host Ray Ellin to explore what will push human space exploration further out into the solar system. You’ll learn why the United States’ history as space “pioneers” needs adjusting. We investigate why we haven’t gone back to the Moon in decades. Find out if the Moon would be a good launching and refueling station for missions going further out. You’ll hear why human endeavors on Mars will require survival based on Martian resources. We also explore why traveling to another star, like Alpha Centauri, will take more rocket power than we have currently, possibly even requiring a development like warp drives. Explore why the Space Force is not necessarily a crazy idea, and why it partially exists already. We talk about the possible activities of the Space Force, and whether or not they might include cleaning up space junk. Brush up on the International Space Treaty of 1967 as we ponder what would happen if another country destroyed the flag planted by the United States on the Moon. We also address the question, “Can you own space?” Get details on NASA’s Office of Planetary Protection and how it protects the Earth and other celestial bodies from contaminating each other. Discover more about which countries might be involved in a “new” space race and whether there’s any merit to the idea of sending world leaders into space. We also discuss if this new space race should even be framed as a “race.” All that, plus, Neil shares his thoughts on why exploring space should eventually be like exploring your own backyard. This episode originally aired as a podcast on February 22, 2019 #SpaceRace #NeildeGrasseTyson #SpaceForce
Nainoa Thompson on Polynesian Wayfaring | StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson
Watch as Neil deGrasse Tyson interviews master navigator Nainoa Thompson about techniques for using using the stars to navigate the oceans. This originally aired on StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson on the National Geographic Channel. You can listen to the full episode as a podcast here: https://www.startalkradio.net/show/the-stars-that-guide-us-with-nainoa-thompson/
How to Make a Hurricane, with Neil deGrasse Tyson
How are hurricanes like Dorian, Irma and Sandy formed? Neil deGrasse Tyson explains the physics of Earth's most powerful storms, along with comedian Chuck Nice. Find out how they're named, how distance from the Equator changes how fast a storm moves thanks to Coriolis forces, how circulation of weather forms around a low pressure system, and more. StarTalk on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/startalkradio #Hurricanes #StarTalk #NeildeGrasseTyson
Singing Science with Kelly Clarkson | StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson
Warm up those vocal cords, we’re getting ready to hit the high note. On this episode of StarTalk Radio, Neil deGrasse Tyson sits down with international pop star Kelly Clarkson to discuss the science of the singing voice. In studio, Neil is joined by comic co-host Chuck Nice and vocologist Dr. Brian Gill, who helps us find the science in song. To start, Neil and Kelly talk about Kelly’s new album, Meaning of Life, and how it’s sonically unlike any of her previous albums. Dr. Gill helps us explore the anatomy of human vocal cords and rank musical genres based on the demands of performance. You’ll also learn why he considers Kelly a “thoroughbred vocalist.” Kelly shares how she brings emotions and feelings into her songs. Discover how tonality factors into performance and how to strike the balance between technique and feel. You’ll also hear a debate about autotune and whether it’s necessary, problematic, or somewhere in between. As a special treat, Neil performs his favorite lullaby, and Neil and Kelly perform two micro-duets. Lastly, Neil and Kelly bond over their shared love of The Great American Eclipse. All that, plus, you’ll find about the children’s books Kelly’s authored, and hear Neil, Brian, and Chuck play us out with a rendition of Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me to the Moon.” (Warning: Adult Language) Kelly Clarkson is now the host of The Kelly Clarkson Show! This episode originally aired on 2/23/2018 #KellyClarkson #Music #NeildeGrasseTyson
Science in Pop Fiction with Neil deGrasse Tyson
Check out https://www.CuriosityStream.com/startalk and use code "startalk" to get your first 31 days free! On this episode of StarTalk Radio, Neil deGrasse Tyson investigates the science of pop fiction with comic co-host Chuck Nice and astrophysicist and StarTalk geek-in-chief Charles Liu, PhD. We’ve wrangled up all your fan-submitted questions on pop fiction, which Charles describes as any type of fiction you would watch or read while eating popcorn. To start, we dive right into speed of light communication. If two parties are communicating light years away from each other, how would they be able to share the same sense of time during the conversation? You’ll learn how Star Trek’s “subspace” solved this problem. We discuss how the Doppler effect impacts our real-life space communications today. You’ll find out which science fiction and superhero movies Neil and Charles appreciate given their level of, or purposeful disregard for, science accuracy. We take a hard look at the 1966 Batman movie and discuss the infamous “shark repellent”. You’ll also hear about Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!, Dr. Strange, and others. And, Neil gives us details on his cameos in The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time and Ice Age: Collision Course. You’ll hear about stealth technology and ways it could be used. We ponder the science of invisibility when a fan asks if it’s possible to disguise a city like Wakanda disguises itself in Black Panther. Neil and Charles tell us what superpower they would want that’s enabled by gene-editing. Re-visit Franz Kafka’s iconic story “The Metamorphosis.” We explore the use of artificial gravity and centrifugal force, like in 2001: A Space Odyssey, and if they’re plausible ideas for future long-term space travel. We also investigate if the quantum realm is real and if it shares any similarities to the way it was portrayed in Ant-Man. Lastly, Neil shares what his bat signal would look like. All that, plus, discover more about popcorn and why our trio thinks it’s one of the most extraordinary foods ever. This episode originally aired on August 2, 2019. #SciFi #StarTalk #StarTrek
Designer Babies & AI, with Neil deGrasse Tyson
On this episode of StarTalk Radio, we explore the world of bioethics. Neil deGrasse Tyson, comic co-host Paul Mecurio, and NYU bioethicist, author, and philosopher Matthew Liao answer fan-submitted Cosmic Queries about bioethical dilemmas, artificial intelligence, human experimentation, and much more. To start, Matthew gives us a proper definition of bioethics. Matthew tells us whether he thinks he acts more ethically just because he’s a bioethicist…or if he’s actually even less ethical. Find out the importance of measuring trust in bioethical issues, and examine the moral limits of scientific experimentation. Learn more about “The Belmont Report,” the infamous “The Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male,” and the horrific experimentation done by the Nazis. Matthew explains why getting vaccinated is a part of our public duty. Discover more about “threshold deontology” and whether the limits of human experimentation are stagnant or if they change over time. Neil brings up The Secret of Santa Vittoria, and we examine the film’s bioethical themes. Next, we ponder if DNA and gene editing will continue to grow and develop in our society. Is CRISPR a good thing? We discuss “designer babies” and modifying personalities. You’ll learn if there are any regulatory committees to oversee this field, and Matthew tells us how we will have to navigate the repercussions of genetic inequality if the field continues to grow. He also tells us what his factors are in deciding what’s good and bad when it comes to modifying organisms genetically. You’ll also hear how religion and natural law fits into the bioethics discussion. We explore the dangers of introducing artificial intelligence into the field of medicine, and whether there will be less need for doctors with the rise in AI technology. All that, plus, we debate if there will ever be attempts to combine human DNA with animal DNA. This originally aired as an episode of StarTalk Radio on June 28, 2019 #Bioethics #StarTalk #Science
Twenty Two Hours of StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson
We're trying something new on this channel... join StarTalk fans as we watch over 22 hours of your favorite science podcast! Neil deGrasse Tyson is in every episode. Every episode you see here is also available on our YouTube channel on-demand, so if you miss something, you can still watch it later! ***THIS VIDEO WILL SELF DESTRUCT SOON!*** Neil will NOT be in the chat. If you see StarTalk commenting, it’s from Digital Producer Ben. Subscribe to StarTalk so you don't miss a video.
Cosmic Queries - Across the Universe with Neil deGrasse Tyson
Check out https://www.CuriosityStream.com/startalk and use code "startalk" to get your first 31 days free! On this episode of StarTalk Radio, your personal astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is back alongside comic co-host Chuck Nice to answer fan-submitted questions on a variety of topics that take us across the universe and into the unknown. You’ll find out why the universe will ultimately die “not with a bang, but with a whimper. And not in fire, but in ice.” Explore the relationship between time and space as we ponder the fabric of spacetime. You’ll even hear about the possibilities of a universe inside of another universe. Discover more about the concept of the holographic universe. We investigate electron microscopes and why they let us see more than light-based microscopes. You’ll also learn why matter is waves and particles. You’ll find out more about moving around in zero gravity and how you could propel a wheelchair while floating in space. Explore Hawking radiation. You’ll learn more about gravitational redshifts. We calculate the impact of merging black holes. We also discuss time dilation: do electromagnetic signals get warped by time dilation? Neil explains the Fermi paradox and “The Great Filter.” We ponder if the urge to explore the universe is the same urge that might destroy us. We try and work out a design that would make solar panels and lasers work together for wireless energy transfer. Get details why the future imagined by the 1950s-60s has been reshaped by the accessibility of information. All that, plus, Neil advocates for common core math and the importance of asking the right questions. #BlackHoles #Science #StarTalk This episode originally aired on March 1, 2019.
Cosmic Queries: Summer School with Neil deGrasse Tyson
The sun is out, the weather is warm, and summer school is in session! Neil deGrasse Tyson, co-host Matt Kirshen, and astrophysicist Charles Liu answer fan-submitted questions on mathematics, the Big Bang, the laws of physics, neutrinos, relativity, Pluto, the smell of the Milky Way, and more. This episode originally aired as a podcast on July 12, 2019. #StarTalk #NeildeGrasseTyson #astrophysics
Rosanna Pansino (Nerdy Nummies) asks Neil deGrasse Tyson Cosmic Queries
Rosanna Pansino from Nerdy Nummies has a million questions for astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson! In this cosmic collaboration, Ro asks about constellations, space elevators, and other habitable planets in our solar system. Plus, find out Neil's favorite version of Star Trek. Chuck Nice joins as comic co-host. Check out Ro's channel! https://www.youtube.com/rosannapansino
Watch Neil on Nerdy Nummies: https://youtu.be/O1c0exqJ0eQ
Alex (French Guy Cooking) and Neil deGrasse Tyson - Non-Stick Pans
Alex from French Guy Cooking has a few questions for Neil deGrasse Tyson: how do non-stick pans and woks work, and what exactly is oil polymerization? Find out, along with comedian Chuck Nice. Follow Alex: https://www.youtube.com/frenchguycooking #FrenchGuyCooking #NeildeGrasseTyson #StarTalk
Science of the Brain | StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson
Psychedelic drugs, dreams, mental health awareness, understanding our reality, and more – Neil deGrasse Tyson, neuroscientist Heather Berlin, PhD, and first-time comic co-host Jackie Hoffman answer fan-submitted questions about neuroscience. You’ll learn how male and female brains differ. We explore the colorful world of psychedelic drugs. Find out why taking psychedelics is like putting your brain into a dream state. We discuss how psychedelic drugs allow unfiltered information from the world to enter your brain. Heather shocks Jackie by revealing that everyone is hallucinating most of the time as we try and break down the nature of our reality. We also discuss the idea that some people claim to see insight into the universe and beyond when experimenting with psychedelics. Next, investigate our reality and if it’s possible that everything we experience is a figment of our imagination. As part of the discussion we take a look back at movies like The Matrix and Total Recall. You’ll explore turning certain sensory information into different sensory information, like when a blind person turns visual information into audio information for the brain to process. You’ll also discover more about synesthesia. Finally, we explore the current state of mental health awareness. Dive into dreams as we break down the importance, or non-importance, of what your dreams are about. Neil and Heather point out the merit and flaws of Freud’s The Interpretation of Dreams. You’ll find out what it means to “focus” on something. We ponder whether or not brain transplants will ever become a reality. We also wonder if you’ll be able to implant memories. All that, plus, we ask, “Do you need a brain to feel pain?” This episode originally aired on March 22, 2019.
The Evolution of Personal Technology, with Marques Brownlee | StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson
How has personal technology changed our world? Neil deGrasse Tyson sits down with tech vlogger and YouTube star Marques Brownlee (MKBHD), comic co-host Chuck Nice, and tech journalist Clive Thompson to explore Internet identity, hacking, Moore’s law, self-driving cars, and technological evolution. Note: Portions of this show were recorded in 2015, so a few things may have changed since then! You’ll learn how Marques got started vlogging in his early childhood, how he found out people cared about his videos, and what tech he’s excited to see in the future. Clive explains the differences between growing up in the tech world of the 80s and 90s compared to now, how the introduction of the iPhone set off the personal tech revolution, and if technology will ever level off as predicted by Moore’s law. Join us as we examine the impact that personal technology has on our daily lives, the privacy issues between big companies and their customers, and why Clive is not a fan of omnipresent facial recognition software. Neil and Marques also talk about internet identity: are your offline and online lives the same? Should they be different? We also debate whether employers should be allowed to check and monitor employees’ social media channels. All that, plus, Neil and company discuss the benefits and dangers of self-driving cars. This episode originally aired as a podcast on February 9, 2018. #MKBHD #Technology #NeildeGraseTyson
Rocks In Space | StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson
Check out https://www.CuriosityStream.com/startalk and use code "startalk" to get your first 31 days free. They could be transporters of life or harbingers of doom – Neil deGrasse Tyson answers fan-submitted questions on comets and asteroids with science author and cosmochemist Natalie Starkey, PhD, and first-time comic co-host Mark Normand. This episode originally aired on April 26, 2019
X-ray Astrophysics | StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson
Explore more than the eye can see as Neil deGrasse Tyson, comic co-host Chuck Nice, and Kimberly Arcand, Visualization and Emerging Technology Lead for NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, answer fan-submitted questions to uncover the X-ray universe and beyond. Discover more about the Chandra X-ray Observatory as it prepares to celebrate its 20th anniversary from launch. We discuss why different kinds of light in the electromagnetic spectrum are like different tools in the toolbox of astronomy. Learn about the evolution of X-ray imaging. Neil tells a story about Riccardo Giacconi, the father of X-ray astrophysics, and how his work impacts our daily security. Kim shares what she thinks would be the most exciting discovery via X-ray telescope. You’ll hear about the differences between Chandra and the James Webb Space Telescope. Get details about Lagrangian points and how they keep things in place. Explore the process that goes into naming telescopes. You’ll also hear about how much “more” we can see with Chandra than we can see with the naked eye. We ponder what light spectrum we will observe the universe in next. We also ponder the problem of trying to observe something too big for us to comprehend. Find out if there will ever be a Google Maps for the universe. Or, better yet, if there will ever be a Stellar Cartography room like in Star Trek. We discuss if virtual reality will ever allow the human brain to fully comprehend the enormity of the universe and the distances between celestial objects. Kim takes us through the process of turning Chandra X-ray data into beautiful visual imagery. We also discuss the idea of measuring visible light in energy, not color. All that, plus, Chuck finds out that Isaac Newton had a bigger impact on his life than he ever thought! This episode originally aired on April 5, 2019 #Xray #StarTalk #NeildeGrasseTyson
Celebrating Neil Armstrong & Apollo 11 | StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson
Check out https://www.CuriosityStream.com/startalk and use code "startalk" to get your first 31 days free. On this episode of StarTalk Radio, Neil deGrasse Tyson, comic co-host Chuck Nice and Astro Mike Massimino, two-time space shuttle veteran and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Columbia University, sit down together to celebrate the life and legacy of Neil Armstrong in conjunction with the release of the brand-new film First Man. The film follows Neil (portrayed by Ryan Gosling) and his career leading up to the Moon landing. Whether he’s pushing altitude limits in an X-15, testing docking mechanics in a Gemini capsule above the Earth, or landing on the Moon with only drops of fuel remaining – he’s as cool as ice. Neil and Mike discuss the film and whether or not it accurately portrays Armstrong as he was in real life. You’ll hear from Armstrong himself as Neil caught up with the real-life first man on the Moon at the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission Tyson hosted in 2009 at The National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. You’ll also hear from Gene Kranz, who was also at the event, who tells Neil what it was like to be a part of the mission from the ground. Explore why, even though Armstrong was quiet and weary of the spotlight, everyone agreed he was the right man for the job. Mike shares his experience meeting Armstrong while he was an astronaut in training. Neil also describes the first time he met Armstrong – on a cruise to Mauritania to view a solar eclipse, for which the 14-year-old Tyson had won a scholarship through the Explorers Club. Mike explains how Armstrong’s first words on the Moon influenced him when he sent the first tweet ever tweeted from space. You’ll hear why the Moon landing was so stressful for everyone on the ground, and Mike explains the honesty that comes with discussing the chances of having unsuccessful missions. You’ll also learn more about the Omega watches that were used on Apollo 11 and how NASA decided which watch brand to choose. All that, plus, Neil reflects upon the Apollo 11 mission and how it was perceived not as an American event, but a world event, inspiring millions and millions of people across the globe. Originally aired as a podcast on October 19, 2018.
The Future of Science with Neil deGrasse Tyson | StarTalk Live!
Get your "Let's Make America Smart Again" sticker now! https://teespring.com/lmasa StarTalk Radio is continuing its mission to Make America Smart Again! What better platform to do it than at the Count Basie Theatre, in Red Bank, New Jersey? On 4/17/17, Neil deGrasse Tyson and his comic co-host Eugene Mirman were joined by New Jersey’s own, U.S. Senator Cory Booker, along with John Holdren, Science Advisor to President Obama, Jo Handelsman, former Associate Director for Science at the White House Office of Science and Technology, and comedians Ophira Eisenberg of NPR’s Ask Me Another and Baratunde Thurston of The Daily Show. You’ll hear discussion on social and political activism, using data to protest, and why science is the best investment for your tax dollars. Discover more about biomedical advances, microbiology, the microbiome, precision medicine, and gene-editing tools. You’ll also hear about rebalancing NASA’s budget to put the “science” back in rocket science. Senator Booker discusses President Trump’s proposed national budget, and the dangers it poses to science and technology in America. Neil talks about testifying in front of Congress, and John and Jo talk about working under the most science savvy President in modern times, President Barak Obama. All that, plus you’ll find out why Carl Sagan was never a fan of superheroes. Dive into the unseen world of the human microbiome (a collection of microorganisms in the human body) and its ability to control behavior and combat disease. Explore gene-editing tools like CRISPR, how we might genetically modify people to live on Mars, and the ethical grey areas that come with human gene modification. Find out why the government ends up conducting most basic research, while private companies tend to shy away from this critical activity. John also explains why not knowing the outcome is a major part in the process of discovery. You’ll learn about DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and ARPA-E, the Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy, which focuses on investments in alternative energy. Discover the possibility that a naturally occurring electromagnetic pulse could knock out the electrical grid of the United States. Investigate the dangers of Superfund sites and how data is reshaping the way we approach solving problems. You’ll also learn about connecting human biology to the internet, government investments in artificial intelligence, and why John thinks the dangers of AI are being overstated. All that, plus, each member of our panel gives parting thoughts on what it takes to Make America Smart Again. #NeildeGrasseTyson #CoryBooker #StarTalk Host:
Comedian Guests: Cory Booker
United States Senator
https://www.booker.senate.gov/ John Holdren
Former Science Advisor to President Obama, Former Head of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Professor of Environmental Policy and Professor of Environmental Science and Policy at Harvard University
https://www.hks.harvard.edu/about/faculty-staff-directory/john-holdren Jo Handelsman
Former Associate Director for Science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Director of the Wisconsin Institute of Discovery
https://wid.wisc.edu/profile/jo-handelsman/ Ophira Eisenberg
Making Stuff with Adam Savage and Neil deGrasse Tyson | StarTalk Full Episode
Check out https://www.CuriosityStream.com/startalk and use code "startalk" to get your first 31 days free. You ever feel like just makin’ stuff? On this episode of StarTalk Radio, Neil deGrasse Tyson sits down with the master of making stuff – Adam Savage. Neil and Adam are joined in studio by comic co-host Chuck Nice to answer fan-submitted questions about creativity, "MythBusters", engineering, and a whole lot more. You’ll learn some insider info about Adam’s time hosting the wildly popular show "MythBusters": whether they ever invented anything by accident, why they had to destroy some test footage for public safety, and what surprised Adam the most about his work on the show. You’ll hear about the “Duct Tape” Island episode where he and his co-host Jamie Hyneman were dropped on an island with nothing to survive but duct tape. We investigate Adam’s work with 3D-printed titanium for his new show Savage Builds and break down the chirality of objects. Head to the theater as Neil and Adam bond over the movie Excalibur. You’ll learn what movies make Neil’s Top 5 favorite films list. Adam tells us about his obsession with armor and his build of a replica of King Arthur’s suit. He shares his experience working with legendary filmmaker Peter Jackson to make a short film called A Farewell to Arms. Explore the creative process. Adam and Neil share their methods for getting over builder’s block and writer’s block. We debate which will have more of an impact on the future: mechanical know how or advancements in material science? We ponder inventions from science fiction that may soon come to fruition, including room temperature superconduction and artificial intelligence. Lastly, you’ll hear why failures in the creative process should instead be called “iterations on the path to success.” All that, plus, Adam reveals how long it takes him to come up with a truly new idea. #StarTalk #MythBusters #AdamSavage This episode originally aired on StarTalk Radio on May 24, 2019.
Neil deGrasse Tyson on Avengers: Endgame | StarTalk Full Episode
Screen Rant made a video that features Neil's thoughts on Captain Marvel in Avengers: Endgame. Watch it here - https://youtu.be/iUJ4qcdvQb0 Avengers, assemble! On this episode of StarTalk, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Chuck Nice answer fan questions about Marvel’s latest film, Avengers: Endgame. Rae Wynn-Grant, PhD, conservation scientist and National Geographic Society fellow, joins to talk about the ecological impact of Thanos’ snap. There will be plenty of spoilers - so don’t listen to this until you watch the movie! You have been warned. What effect would Thanos’ snap have on Earth’s ecosystem? How does Endgame's time travel compare to Back To The Future? What’s up with Captain Marvel in the movie? What is a Möbius strip? All that and more… tune in and enjoy! #Avengers #Marvel #CaptainMarvel
Searching for Life in the Universe | StarTalk Live! with Neil deGrasse Tyson
Check out https://www.CuriosityStream.com/startalk and use code "startalk" to get your first 31 days free. Neil deGrasse Tyson and Eugene Mirman welcome planetary scientist Carolyn Porco, Sean
Ono Lennon, Vanessa Bayer, and Michael Ian Black to search for life in the universe. They discuss the possibility of life on Saturn's moons, humans' attempt at communicating with extraterrestrial life through the Voyager mission, and more. Recorded live at the Beacon Theatre in NYC on September 15, 2016 #extraterrestrial #StarTalk #NeildeGrasseTyson
Physics All Around Us, with Neil deGrasse Tyson | StarTalk Full Episode
Did you know there are physics at work all around us? Join your personal astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Chuck Nice as they answer fan-submitted questions on the physics of life, big and small. This episode originally aired on StarTalk Radio on April 12, 2019.
Our Galaxy And Beyond, with Neil deGrasse Tyson | StarTalk Full Episode
Join Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Sarah Rose Siskind as they answer fan-submitted Cosmic Queries about our collision course with the Andromeda galaxy, how the Big Bang got its name, the Cosmic Microwave Background radiation, dark matter, and much more. This episode originally aired on StarTalk Radio on July 27, 2018. #StarTalk #NeildeGrasseTyson #Galaxy
The End of The World, with Josh Clark and Neil deGrasse Tyson | Full Episode
What will cause humanity's demise? Will it be it artificial intelligence, a meteor, or ourselves? Neil deGrasse Tyson answers fan questions with comic co-host Chuck Nice and Josh Clark, host of the "Stuff You Should Know" and "The End of The World" podcasts. This show aired as a StarTalk Radio podcast on February 1, 2019. #StarTalk #NeildeGrasseTyson #StuffYouShouldKnow
Manhattanhenge with Neil deGrasse Tyson
Twice a year, the sunset aligns with Manhattan's grid. Join Neil and comedian Chuck Nice as they experience Manhattanhenge! Learn how astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson was the first to name and popularize the cosmic metropolitan event, and find out why it happens twice every year... all while Neil and Chuck avoid getting hit by a bus! Will New Jersey steal the sunset from New York? Watch and find out. Recorded on May 29, 2018 #Manhattanhenge #StarTalk #NeildeGrasseTyson
Everyday Astrophysics with Neil deGrasse Tyson and Russell Peters | Full Episode
Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Russell Peters answer fan-submitted questions on a variety of astrophysical topics including Pluto, the Andromeda Galaxy, the Magellanic Clouds, the Equator and the Earth’s axis, E = mc2, exoplanets, the Moon, and more! This episode originally aired as a podcast on StarTalk Radio on March 29, 2019.
Science Is Everywhere with Neil deGrasse Tyson & Brian Greene | StarTalk @ BAM | Full Episode
Science really is everywhere! From the Big Bang to quantum mechanics to free will to ice skating, we explore it all featuring Neil deGrasse Tyson, Chuck Nice, theoretical physicist Brian Greene, neuroscientist Heather Berlin, rapper Baba Brinkman, and Olympic silver medalist figure skater Sasha Cohen. Recorded live at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on March 9, 2018 Note from StarTalk Editors...
For further reading on the complex topic of ice melting under pressure, Dr. Tyson recommends the following two scholarly articles on the subject, one on the general topic of slippery ice (https://www.dropbox.com/s/ykmfo4yez04wllo/Why%20is%20ice%20slippery.pdf?dl=0), and the other on the Capt. Robert Falcon Scott expedition to the South Pole (https://www.dropbox.com/s/2swrz12vs158v30/PNAS%20on%20RF%20Scott.pdf?dl=0), whose diary entry noted, "The (ice) surface, lately a very good hard one, is coated with a layer of woolly crystals [...] (that) cause impossible friction to the runners. God help us, we can’t keep up this pulling, that is certain.”
Adam Savage Blown Away by Neil deGrasse Tyson's Aerogel
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson wanted to blow Adam Savage's mind, so he whipped out his sample of aerogel. Learn about what this super-light low-density material does and how it's used, along with comic co-host Chuck Nice. Check out Adam's new book! http://adamsavagebook.com #AdamSavage #NeildeGrasseTyson #StarTalk
Big Brains at BAM | StarTalk Live! with Neil deGrasse Tyson | Full Episode
This live recording of StarTalk is all about neuroscience and the brain! Find out when host Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-host Eugene Mirman welcome actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik of "The Big Bang Theory,” Bill Nye the Science Guy, neuroscientist Dr. Heather Berlin, comedian Michael Ian Black and actor Paul Rudd ("Ant-Man", "Avengers: Endgame") to the stage at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. This originally aired in multiple parts on StarTalk Radio in July 2014, and on YouTube in April 2015. #brain #neuroscience #startalk
Cosmic Queries - Out There with Neil deGrasse Tyson | Full Episode
Neil deGrasse Tyson, co-host Harrison Greenbaum, and astrophysicist Janna Levin answer questions on the far away and the far out, including Andromeda's impending collision with the Milky Way, white holes, a holographic universe, and more. Prepare to get trippy! #StarTalk #NeildeGrasseTyson #Science