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The show notes here at Libsyn are only a rough draft. For the most refined and complete set of show notes, please go to unseenpodcast.com . Thanks for listening.

Sep 16, 2017

Recorded: 15 September 2017

Released: 16 September 2017

Duration: 81 minutes, 31 seconds

 

Host Paul Carr welcomes Adam Smith and Sam Lichtenstein to talk about Przybylski’s Star, or HD 101065, possibly the weirdest thing 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

 

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

Sep 4, 2017

Recorded: 4 September 2017

Released: 4 September 2017

Duration: 70 minutes, 11 seconds

Host Paul Carr welcomes long-time panelist Nick Nielsen to talk about some of the latest news in radios 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

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

exoplanets.eu

 

Credits:

Host and Producer: Paul Carr

Music: DJ Spooky

 

Mar 11, 2017

Recorded: 10 March 2017

Released: 11 March 2017

Duration:101 minutes, 7 seconds

 

Host Paul Carr is joined by panelists Buck Field, David Grigg, Nick Nielsen and Patrick Festa to marvel about the recent TRAPPIST-1 exoplanet discovery.

 

For the most detailed show notes, please see our blog at http://unseenpodcast.com

 

Links:

M. Gillon, Seven temperate terrestrial planets around nearby ultra cool dwarf star TRAPPIST-1.

Sky and Telescope: Seven Planet Star hides Age, May be Deadly

NASA Telescope Reveals Largest Batch of Earth-Size, Habitable-Zone Planets Around Single Star

Lingam and Loeb: Enhanced interplanetary panspermia in the TRAPPIST-1 system

6 Animals that can see or glow in ultraviolet

Pit viper infrared vision

Oliver Sacks: The island of the Colorblind

Horseshoe Crab vision

 

Recommendations:

Buck: The ESO Messenger

David: The Glass Universe by Dava Sobel

Nick: https://planetplanet.net/

Patrick: Proxima by Steven Baxter

Paul: DJ Spooky's Optometry

 

 

Credits: 

Host and Producer: Paul Carr

Panelists: David Grigg, Patrick Festa, Buck Field, Nick Nielsen

Music: DJ Spooky

Postprocessing: auphonic.com

Hosting: libsyn.com

Oct 15, 2016

Recorded: 14 October 2016

Released: 15 October 2016

Duration:99 minutes, 40 seconds

 

Paul Carr and Adam Smith talk about what has happened in the year since the release of the preprint by Boyajian, et. al. describing a very strange "alien megastructure" star. We talk about the work done so far, the controversies, and where we hope things will go in the area future.

 

Links:

The Wow! Signal Podcast

Where's the Flux?

Planet Hunters

Jason Wright: What Could Be Going on with Boyajian's Star?

Ben Montet Makes a Star Weirder

The Most Mysterious Star in the Universe

Tabby's Star for the Perplexed, part 3

Almost Certainly Wrong

 

 

Credits:

Host and Producer: Paul Carr

Panelist: Adam Smith

Music: DJ Spooky

 

Aug 13, 2016

Recorded: 12 August 2016

Released: 13 August 2016

Duration: 86 minutes, 20 seconds

 

Host Paul Carr is joined by planetary scientist and science communicator Morgan Rehnberg. Our panel consists of Adam Smith, Marsha Barnhart, Chris Prophet, and Mateusz Macias. We talk about the weird rings and moon of Saturn and the search for life in the universe - on Mars, Enceladus, Europa, titan, and even Venus.

 

Links:

Morgan Rehnberg

Interview with Ben Montet

 

Credits:

Host and Producer: Paul Carr

Special Guest: Morgan Rehnberg

Panel: Adam Smith, Chris Prophet, Marsha Barnhart, and Mateusz Macias

Music: DJ Spooky

Mar 12, 2016

Recorded: 11 March 2016

Released: 12 March 2016

Duration: 93 minutes, 56 minutes

 

Host Paul Carr welcomes panelists Adam Smith, Ciro Villa, Marsha Barnhart, and Patrick Festa. The team discuss a number of interesting anomalies an how valid and strange they really are. We talk about Quasar clusters, the Kuiper Cliff, Questions about human evolution, flowing water on Mars, and Long Delay Echoes.

 

Links

Quasar Chains

The Kuiper Cliff

Human Evolution

The Long Delay Echoes

Recommendations

Adam Smith: Cosmoquest

Ciro Villa:

Marsha Barnhart: Michael Cremo

Patrick Festa: Brains On

Paul Carr: The Man who Found Time, a book about Michael Hutton

 

Credits

Host and Producer: Paul Carr

Panelists: Adam Smith, Ciro Villa, Marsha Barnhart, and Patrick Festa

Music: DJ Spooky

 

Feb 20, 2016

Recorded: 19 February 2016

Released: 20 February 2016

Duration:93 minutes, 16 seconds

 

Host Paul Carr and Panelists Adam Smith, Ciro Villa, Nick Nielsen, and Patrick Festa discuss some scenarios for contacting ET civilizations and what could happen, including some of the protocols that have been defined by the SETI community, and the discovery of a Bracewell Probe.

 

Links

Declaration of Principles Concerning Activities Following the Detection of Extraterrestrial Intelligence

Bracewell Probes

Ben McGee on the Search for Alien Artifacts

 

Recommendations

Adam Smith: Future in Space Hangout

Nick Nielsen: After Contact

Ciro Villa: Solar System Visualization

Patrick Festa: Tales of Beedle the Bard

Paul Carr: Scary Monsters by David Bowie

 

Credits:

Host and Producer: Paul Carr

Music: DJ Spooky

Jan 9, 2016

Recorded:8 January 2016

Released: 9 January 2016

Duration: 

 

Links

Please see unseenpodcast.com for a complete list of links.

NARCAP

Ted Roe on Project Archivist

The O'Hare Case

1968 B52 Case

 

The Wow! Signal

 

Credits

Host and Producer: Paul Carr

Panelists: Ted Roe, Jeff Boerst, Mike Bohler, Nick Nielsen

Music: DJ Spooky

 

Oct 17, 2015

Recorded: 16 October 2015

Released: 17 October 2015

Duration: 101 minutes, 48 seconds

 

Host Paul Carr welcomes panelists Adam Smith, Buck Field, James Garrison and Mike Bohler to talk about the recent very strange light curves and follow up observations reported by Tabitha Boyajian, et. al. that has been sensationalized in the mainstream media to "Alien Megastructures." Somehow this diverges (drink!) into a discussion of woo woo entertainment television and one of its most obnoxious personalities.

 

Links:

(for a full set of links, go to unseenpodcast.com)

 

Credits:

Music: Dj Spooky

host and Producer: Paul Carr

Panelists: Mike Bohler, Buck Field, James Garrison, Adam Smith

Hardware: Shure, ART, Behringer, Apple

Software: Google Hangouts on Air, Soundflower, Reaper, Line In, OS X Yosemite

Postproduction: Auphonic.com

Hostling: Libsyn.com

Sep 12, 2015

Recorded: 11 September 2015

Released: 12 September 2015

Duration: 114 minutes, 36 seconds

 

Host Paul Carr welcomes Patrick Festa, Buck Field, James Garrison, and Adam "Synergy" Smith for a discussion of the latest ideas of panspermia, or how life might migrate between planets or even between stars. The latest paper by Lin and Loeb is brought up. The discussion morphs into one about the history and philosophy of science and then back to panspermia. 

 

Links

 

Credits:

Host and Producer: Paul Carr

Panel: Patrick Festa, Buck Field, James Garrison, and Adam "Synergy" Smith

Music: DJ Spooky

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