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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.

Oct 21, 2017

Recorded: 20 October 2017

Released: 21 October 2017

Duration: 85 minutes, 36 seconds

Paul Carr and Adam Smith are joined by NASA Postdoctoral Fellow Eva Bodman, who was recommended to us by Tabetha Boyajian. We discussed the developments on KIC 8462852 (aka 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

Tabby on the Gaia Data Release 1

 

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

 

Oct 9, 2017

Recorded: 6 October 2017

Released: 10 October 2017

Duration: 80 minutes 12 seconds

 

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

 

Credits:

Host and Producer: Paul Carr

Music: DJ Spooky

 

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

 

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

 

Aug 27, 2017

Recorded: 25 August 2017

Released: 26 August 2017

Duration: 93 minutes 16 seconds

Host Paul Carr welomes panelists Nick Nielsen and Sam Lichtenstein, who soldier on when Paul's Thunderbolt 3 hub crashes. They engage in a discussion of whether mathematics is discovered or invented. How does this apply to efforts to communicate with distant technological civilizations? Could math be used to establish a common language?

Links:

The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Science

The Mandelbrot Set Crop Circle Formation  
by Joseph E. Mason

A Conversation with Edward Snowden (Part 1) (SETI at 33:00 and following)

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Awarded $7.5 Million Department of Defense Grant To Reshape Mathematics

Credits:

Host and Producer: Paul Carr

Music: DJ Spooky

 

Aug 12, 2017

Recorded: 11 August 2017

Released: 12 August 2017

Duration: 100 minutes, 41 seconds

 

Host Paul Carr welcomes Sam Lichtenstein, Patrick Festa, Nick Nielsen and Mike Bohler to mark the end of the Summer hiatus. Since this is a non-episode, we have no find agenda, so it ranges from the Kennedy assassination to astronomical anomalies.

We also play the short promo for Oh No Ross and Carrie

 

Links

The Skeptics Guide to Conspiracy

Credits

host and Producer: Paul Carr

Music: Dj Spooky

 

 

Jun 17, 2017

Recorded: 16 June 2017

Released: 17 june 2017

Duration: 80 minutes 44 seconds

Host Adam Smith welcomes the publisher of Universe Today Fraser Cain to talk about (nearly) twenty years of online space journalism.

Fraser chats with interdisciplinary artist Daniela De Paulis, Astronomy's Finest blogger Mateusz Macias, Paul Carr, and Astronaut Teacher Mike Mongo.

Links:

Universe Today https://www.universetoday.com/
CosmoQuest https://cosmoquest.org/x/
Pamela Gay https://twitter.com/starstryder
 
The Infinite Monkey Cage with Brian Cox
 
 
We mentioned a lot of good YouTube channels 
 (who knows some of them might come on the show :)
Paul Matt Sutter :                              https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBr7XOxxQyBHEwqkhoci7vw 
Sarah Pearson :                                https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGozv81LbhEvkeYIW7ora8g
Emily Lakdawalla                              https://www.youtube.com/user/planetsocblog
Scott Manley :                                  https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=scott+manley
Ian O Neil :                                      https://www.youtube.com/user/AstroengineLive reat
 
 

Credits:

Host: Adam Smith

Producer: Paul Carr

Music: DJ Spooky

 

 

Jun 3, 2017

Recorded: 2 June 2017

Released: 3 June 2017

Duration: 68 minutes 35 seconds

 

Host Adam Smith welcomes Cambridge PhD student and Mars One astronaut candidate, along with panelists Ciro Villa and Paul Carr. The main topic is exoplanet atmosphere science, but we also discuss Mars colonization.

 

Links:

MacDonald and Madhusudhan: HD 209458b in New Light: Evidence of Nitrogen Chemistry, Patchy Clouds and Sub-Solar Water

 

Episode 69 on TRAPPIST-1

Blue Origin Technology

 

J. Serrano Graphics Design

Credits:

Host: Adam Smith

Producer: Paul Carr

Music: DJ Spooky

 

The Unseen Podcast is distributed by Dream of the Open Channel under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

 

May 20, 2017

Recorded: 19 May 2017

Released: 20 May 2017

Duration: 74 minutes, 18 seconds

 

Host David Grigg welcomes Madison Campbell, a graduate student at the University Massachusetts, and panelist Paul Carr for a conversation about epidemiology in various space colonization scenarios. What are the risks for the first space colonists from diseases activated by mutations? What models can we look to for help in finding the answers? What are thefts mitigations?

 

Links:

Madison Campbell

 

Credits:

Host: David Grigg

Producer: Paul Carr

Music: DJ Spooky

 

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

Apr 22, 2017

Recorded: 21 April 2017

Released: 22 April 2017

Duration: 78 minutes, 20 seconds

 

Host Sam Lichtenstein welcomes Deep Space Ecology chief scientist Morgan irons and panelists Adam Smith, Paul Carr, and Nick Nielsen. This isn't our best audio quality yet, but hey, Blame Google.

Links:

Morgan irons is running Her Own Martian Farming Experiment

Deep Space Ecology

Vertical Farming

Credits: 

Host: Sam Lichtenstein

Producer: Paul Carr

Music: DJ Spooky

 

 

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