Saturday, November 18, 2017

Unseen Pub #7

We had Unseen Pub #7 on the 17th of November 2017. Participants were Marsha Barnhart, Patrick Festa, Nick Nielsen, and Paul Carr. As usual, the topics ranged widely. Or wildly.


Saturday, November 11, 2017

Episode 83 - Mind Legos: the Burger King James Version



Recorded: 10 November 2017
Released: 11 November 2017
Duration: 92 minutes, 12 seconds

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One of Caleb Carr's many lego creations

Host Paul Carr welcomes panelists (King) James Garrison, Nick Nielsen (Benevolent Dictator of the Planet Entire), and (King of the Universe) Patrick Festa for a wide ranging conversation about education. Some of those Lego jokes fall a bit flat..
What would you do about education if you were Benevolent Dictator? Or Andrew Carnegie?

Links

Thomas Kuhn - The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
What's Your Problem with Higher Education?
Primitive Technology YouTube Channel
LEGO Women of NASA Kit
James Burke BBC Connections
Juvenile violent crime arrest rates
Chad Davies' Scientific Odyssey Podcast
Nick Nielsen: Was anyone 1000 years ago as smart as someone with average intelligence today?

Credits

Host and Producer: Paul Carr
Music: DJ Spooky
Platform: Google Hangouts on Air
Hardware: Shure, Pro Art, TASCAM, Focusrite, Apple, Plugable, & 1 crappy USB cable
Software: Chrome, Reaper, Loopback, Scarlett Mix Control, Auphonic Leveller, OS X Sierra

The Unseen Podcast is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike license.




Sunday, October 29, 2017

Episode 82 - Legends in Our Own Minds



Recorded: 27 October 2017
Released: 29 October 2017
Duration: 77 minutes 16 seconds

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Host Paul Carr is joined by James Garrison, Nick Nielsen, and Mike Bohler to talk about local urban
The Spencer Oklahoma Purple Church
legends and the forces driving them. Stories like Chicago's Resurrection Mary have been told all around the world for centuries. Also, portals keep popping up in modern narratives, and perhaps have also been with us for a long time.

Our conversation ranges from the Purple Church, to Crop Circles, to the Nazca Lines, to the Anasazi to Scotland's Ring of Brodgar, to Skinwalker Ranch, and much more.

Links:

Spooky Oklahoma Legends
Vanishing Hitchhiker
Ring of Brodgar
Nazca Lines
Circle Makers

Credits:

Host and Producer: Paul Carr
Music: DJ Spooky

The Unseen Podcast is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike license




Saturday, October 21, 2017

Episode 81 - Another year of WTF with Eva Bodman



Recorded: 20 October 2017
Released: 21 October 2017
Duration: 85 minutes, 36 seconds

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Paul Carr and Adam Smith are joined by NASA Postdoctoral Fellow Eva Bodman (who was recommended to us by Tabby), to talk about developments on Boyajian's Star over the last year. A lot has happened, and we covered as much as we could. We also took a couple of live questions from the YouTube chat, which is much appreciated.


Links

Last years's Episode - 1 Year of WTF
Eva Bodman's Research
Where's The Flux? blog
Tabby's Ted Talk
Tabby's Star for the Perplexed
The KIC8462852 Subreddit and its Wiki
A list of papers on Boyajian's Star and related topics
Bodman and Quillen: Cometary Source for the Strange Behavior of KIC 8462852
Tabby on the Gaia Data Release 1

Forgan and Elvis:  Extrasolar Asteroid Mining as Forensic Evidence for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
Duncan Forgan answered questions on ET Asteroid Mining
First interview With Brad Schaefer on the Century Long Dimming and the Second Interview
Interview with Josh Grindlay on DASCH Photometry

Aliens, Perhaps, but Not the Aliens of the Gaps
The Absolute, Definitive Truth About Alien Megastructures

Credits

Host and Producer: Paul Carr
Music: DJ Spooky

The Unseen Podcast is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike license.


Monday, October 9, 2017

Episode 80 - We, Martians?

Recorded: 6 October 2017
Released: 10 October 2017
Duration: 80 minutes 12 seconds



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NASA budget as percentage of Federal Budget

Host Paul Carr welcomes Jake Robins of the WeMartians podcast, along with panelists Sam
Lichtenstein, Adam Smith and Nick Nielsen to talk about the current and future state of the human advance upon the fourth stone from the sun.


Links:

WeMartians
WeMartians on Twitter
Pit Crater in Elysium Mons
The Descent Propulsion System

Making Life Multi-Planetary


Credits:

Host and Producer: Paul Carr
Music: DJ Spooky

The Unseen Podcast is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike license



Saturday, September 16, 2017

Episode 79 - Przybylski's Star Stuff



Recorded: 15 September 2017
Released: 16 September 2017
Duration: 81 minutes, 31 seconds

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Przybylski's Star in the DSS vis Aladin
Host Paul Carr welcomes Adam Smith and Sam Lichtenstein to talk about Przybylski’s Star, or HD 101065, possibly the weirdest star in astrophysics - even weirder than Boyajian's Star, maybe.


Links

Przybylski's Star in Simbad
Jason Wright's blog series on Przybylski's Star
Antoni Przybylski (1961) - HD 101065-a G0 Star with High Metal Content
Antoni Przybylski (1977) - Is iron present in the atmosphere of HD 101065 ?
D.W. Kurtz (1982) - Rapidly oscillating Ap stars
Martinez and Kurtz (1990) - New observations and a frequency analysis of the extremely peculiar rapidly oscillating Ap star HD 101065
Cowley, et. al. (2000) - Abundances in Przybylski's star
Gopka, et. al. (2007) - On the possible nature of Bp-Ap Stars: an application to HD101065 and HR465
Renson and Manfroid (2009) - Catalogue of Ap, HgMn and Am stars
Joshi, et. al. (2016) - The Nainital-Cape Survey. IV. A search for pulsational variability in 108 chemically peculiar stars.
Chen et. al. (2017) -  A new photometric study of Ap and Am stars in the infrared.
Dzuba, et. al. (2017) - Isotope shift and search for metastable superheavy elements in astrophysical data

Jerry Pournelle

War is a Racket
RIP Jerry Pournelle
Episode 80 discussion thread


Recommendations

Paul - Alban Berg String Quartet - late Mozart quartets
Sam - Salvation
Adam - Witcher 3


Credits

Host and Producer: Paul Carr
Music: DJ Spooky




Monday, September 4, 2017

Episode 78 - Alien Signal Stephen Hawking Clickbait Mystery


Recorded: 4 September 2017
Released: 4 September 2017
Duration: 70 minutes, 11 seconds

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Credit: exoplanets.eu
Host Paul Carr welcomes long-time panelist Nick Nielsen to talk about some of the latest news in radio astronomy - both the serious science and the lurid headlines. Radio Bursts (FRBs) have been know for some years now, but a the only known repeating FRB, 121102, has been acting up lately.

Links

FRB 121102: Detection at 4 - 8 GHz band with Breakthrough Listen backend at Green Bank
BREAKTHROUGH LISTEN DETECTS REPEATING FAST RADIO BURSTS FROM THE DISTANT UNIVERSE
Jason Siegel: Five Reasons Why The Signals From Stephen Hawking's Breakthrough Initiative Aren't Aliens
Scholz, et. al., Simultaneous X-ray, gamma-ray, and Radio Observations of the repeating Fast Radio Burst FRB 121102
C.J. Law, et. al. -
A Multi-telescope Campaign on FRB 121102: Implications for the FRB Population
Astronomer Jason Hessels on the repeating FRB
Astronomers have found the source of a deep space radio wave burst for the first time: We finally know the galactic culprit

The Most Mysterious Star in the Galaxy
Almost certainly wrong: an alien megastructure speculation about KIC 8462852
exoplanets.eu

 

Credits:

Host and Producer: Paul Carr
Music: DJ Spooky


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