Episode 6: Laura stops a flood

UM students launched two balloons at the same time, so they could get a picture of one balloon from the air.  This was part of the Global Space Balloon Challenge.

UM students launched two balloons at the same time, so they could get a picture of one balloon from the air.  This was part of the Global Space Balloon Challenge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 5: Todd lights up

Aaron had a meeting in Bern, Switzerland in April.  The group took a few hours from their meeting time and wandered through the green hills.  

Aaron had a meeting in Bern, Switzerland in April.  The group took a few hours from their meeting time and wandered through the green hills.  

Episode 3: Allison predicts the climate

Aaron and Dave brought their end of the world lists, and its fine.  No reason to be worried at all. Allison Steiner joins us to talk about chemistry, clouds and climate.

XandWhy is supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration as well as the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University.

Follow up:

  1. Coffee: Cold brew vs. Regular brew
  2. Sugar! Yum!
  3. Chai Tea and the advantages of just buying hot beverages

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal: 7 years to be an expert

Notes

A list of ways that humanity will end:

  1. An artificial intelligence will end us. Easily.
    1. Asimov's three laws
    2. Randal Monroe - XKCD - three laws
    3. Ex Machina
  2. War
    1. Aaron thinks that our leaders will kill us all.
    2. Dave thinks that cooler heads will prevail.
  3. Natural disaster
    1. It is really, really bad for the Earth
    2. But it is about as likely as you winning the lottery
  4. Pandemic
    1. Transmission vs. deadliness sweet spot
    2. Black Plague vs. Ebola
  5. Climate change
    1. Will it really kill off 50% of the population?
    2. Probably not directly.  But, there are indirect effects...

Wikipedia Global Catastrophic Risk

Steiner research group

Tropospheric ozone

Clouds and climate

Pollen as cloud condensation nuclei

California drought

SMAP!

NOAA climate prediction and models

AMR

American Geophysical Union

Macelwane Medal

Episode 2: Aaron makes satellites

 

This time, Aaron and Dave consider the merits of having movies spoiled before seeing them, wish they were in Zion, contemplate whether it's good enough to be just good enough at something, and we learn that Aaron is slowly turning into an engineer!

As always, XandWhy is supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration as well as the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University.

Notes

Paczki Nutrition

Spoilers may be ok?

Zion

Image from Dave's 2015 Zion trip

Image from Dave's 2015 Zion trip

12 Apostles in Australia.  With nature like this, it is hard to not take a good picture!  So says Aaron.

12 Apostles in Australia.  With nature like this, it is hard to not take a good picture!  So says Aaron.

Episode 1: Dave Goes Under the Microscope

In this, the first episode, Aaron and Dave talk about hating coffee, travel, and, of course, the end of the world. The interview is with Dave! We talk about space and education. And it turns out that Dave doesn't really like TV.

XandWhy is Supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration as well as the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University.

 

Notes

Uffizi

Galileo Museum

Inclined plane with bells

Il Ponte Vecchio

Eastern Michigan University

Earth's upper atmosphere

The Mars Global Ionosphere-Thermosphere Model

Mars atmospheric escape